11 Things To Do and Eat in O.C.

by Balboa Horizons | July 20, 2016

  Orange County, California is not only an excellent place to get sober, it’s a fantastic place to visit. Each month, Balboa Horizons invites our clients’ loved ones to participate in our Family Program. Over the course of four days, family members learn to identify and address the problems they are facing and develop solutions […]

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A Question to Keep Asking in Recovery

by baladmin | December 21, 2015

As humans we eventually learn that things don’t always go according to plan. As kids we don’t anticipate becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, nor does anyone expect their child to develop addictions. Yet, these difficult things happen to many of us. Part of the process of healing from them is to grieve the loss […]

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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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Yoga and Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | October 14, 2015

To the blind eye it may seem that yoga is simply a bunch of stretching and napping, but if you move a little deeper you’ll see that there is more to what meets the eye. Yoga is gaining popularity in the addiction recovery community for its emotional, physical and spiritual benefits. Its combination of mindful […]

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Super Model Amber Valletta 15 Years Sober!

by baladmin | September 9, 2014

September is National Recovery Month, and encourages people to talk about their battle with addiction. Amber Valletta is a super model who hit her stride in the 90’s and also battled addiction to drugs and alcohol. This month she turned 40 and decided to share her recovery story with the world. Prior to now she […]

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23 Bills Passed To Tackle the Heroin Opioid Epidemic

by baladmin | August 18, 2014

Heroin can be snorted, smoked or injected. Mexican black tar heroin is usually injected (once dissolved) or smoked because of its consistency. “I cannot accurately convey to you the efficiency of heroin in neutralizing pain. It transforms a tight, white fist into a gentle, brown wave. From my first inhalation fifteen years ago it fumigated […]

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America’s Addiction to Opiates

by baladmin | July 22, 2014

Americans don’t like to feel pain, as our addiction to Opiate Pain Medication supports. Teens, Young Adults and Seniors are filling our emergency rooms with overdoses to Opiates. How Does Addiction Start? Teen surveys have consistently found that the family is fundamental to keeping children away from tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs. Teen drug abuse […]

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Does Social Media Create Narcissism with Selfies?

by baladmin | July 14, 2014

The word narcissism comes from a Greek fable about a man who fell in love with his own reflection, his name was Narcissus. Many critics speculate today that the advent of social media and selfies has encouraged more and more self promotion. What are Selfies? Selfies are another example of our preoccupation with ourselves. The […]

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Major Depressive Disorder

by baladmin | June 26, 2014

Major Depressive Disorder is a serious mental illness that will often times accompany an addiction resulting in a dual diagnosis. People who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder exhibit the following features based on the American Psychiatric Association. Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) The person has 5 or more of the following symptoms […]

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Managing Emotional Stress in Recovery

by baladmin | June 23, 2014

We live in a stressful world. Stress is almost as common as breathing. Did you know that many famous people have suffered from emotional stress too? Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Bill Russell, Alanis Morisette, Howard Stern and Oprah Winfrey all suffered from stress so much so that it affected their lives negatively. Bill Russell of […]

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