Fentanyl Overdose, Cocaine, Drug Addiction & Alcoholism

by Candace Bruce | March 10, 2019

When I was 5 years old I never envisioned myself at 22 years old in fentanyl overdose, using cocaine, with a drug addiction and alcoholism. In fact, I thought I would be a veterinarian because I liked animals. I was using drugs in high school and drinking quite a bit, but I was still good […]

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Desperate for Something Different

by Balboa Horizons | February 20, 2019

Sometimes life just sucks. I was desperate for something different. I grew up in a broken home, with a schizophrenic mom. As far as I can remember I was always asking myself why can’t I be like others. By others, I mean having both parents in the home and a mother that either didn’t have […]

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International Overdose Awareness Day

by Balboa Horizons | August 31, 2018

Every year on August 31 people around the world will gather together to remember loved ones who died from an opioid overdose. Throughout the United States, the opioid epidemic has claimed numerous lives.  August 31 is a day for celebrating those we have lost. While we can’t bring our loved ones back we can educate […]

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How to Stop Using Drugs When You’ve Been Using Every Day

by Balboa Horizons | April 3, 2018

How to stop using drugs when you’ve been using every day. Whether you are taking prescription medication or using illicit drugs every day you may have tried to stop using on your own at some point. Drugs in most forms take their toll on individuals often leaving them without hope and with the same symptoms […]

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Kratom Withdrawal Timeline

by Balboa Horizons | February 6, 2018

Kratom Withdrawal Timeline: What to Expect The Kratom withdrawal timeline can be similar, though less intense than that of an opiate withdrawal. Kratom withdrawal largely is dependent upon the user and how much they have been consuming. For those who frequently use Kratom, it can be challenging to stop, especially after consuming large doses. The […]

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Negative Effects of Substance Abuse on the Body

by Balboa Horizons | October 5, 2017

Substance abuse is hard on the wallet, the brain, the spirit, and the body. The human body will not sustain the poison of substance abuse. While the high is temporary, the effects can be lasting. The harmful effects of substance abuse overtime can kill. It is imperative if someone who is using drugs that they […]

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Selecting A Therapist Post-Rehab

by baladmin | February 24, 2016

Many people who complete addiction rehab programs continue their recovery process in therapy. Working with a therapist post-treatment allows one the opportunity to continue combing through triggers and build upon strengths. One benefit of rehab is that a therapist that specializes in chemical addiction and co-occurring disorders is assigned to you. When you return home […]

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One Tip for a Successful I.O.P. Experience

by baladmin | January 2, 2016

Some people refer to recovery as a re-birth. The metamorphous of changing from one thing (an addict) into another (a sober person.) It may be helpful to remember that the birthing process is long and messy. It takes a mother 9 months to grow a baby in her womb and the deed of birthing that […]

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Balboa Horizons Recovery Tribe

by baladmin | November 12, 2015

By definition a tribe is a distinct people, dependent on their land for their livelihood, who are largely self-sufficient, and not integrated into a national society. In many ways Balboa Horizons is a tribe on the recovery battlefield. Addiction recovery provides the space for people to take a step back from their everyday lives and  […]

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Doing the Holidays In Recovery

by baladmin | November 10, 2015

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for all families, but especially for those affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Often there are many unresolved wounds that come up when engaging with one another. When it comes to the holidays it’s important to remember that everyone who shows up wants to build connection in […]

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