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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What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

by baladmin | November 12, 2014

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Many people have heard of alcohol and drug withdrawal symptoms that occur within the first 5-7 days after the last use, but what about the long-term withdrawal that can happen for up to years after getting clean and sober? This is not nearly as well-known or talked about. This phenomenon is called Post-Acute Withdrawal […]

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Gender Differences in Drug Abuse: Why Gender-Specific?

by baladmin | November 6, 2014

Growing Awareness of Gender Differences in Substance Abuse and Treatment According to recent studies, awareness of gender differences in drug abuse has been growing over the past 15 years. The research shows that men and women with substance abuse disorders are not the same, therefore gender-specific programming is ideal in drug and alcohol treatment. The prevalence […]

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What To Do About Addiction Cravings

by baladmin | July 21, 2014

Drug cravings are strong memories that are linked to the effect of drugs on the brain’s neurochemistry. The definition of craving is: a powerful desire for something. Neurochemistry is the specific study of neurochemicals, including neurotransmitters and other molecules that influence the function of neurons. This field closely examines how these neurochemicals influence the network […]

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How to Avoid a Relapse in Recovery-HALT!

by baladmin | July 7, 2014

Sobriety is a way of life, and staying sober, happy and content is going to require diligence and effort. But let’s face it, before we got sober we would usually put a lot of effort into obtaining our drug of choice. If we are able to attend rehab for a minimum of 90 days or […]

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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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Surviving Recovery Success

by baladmin | March 25, 2014

Surviving the success of Recovery You may think that is a strange statement – “Surviving the Success of Recovery”, however it is something that those of us in recovery need to be aware of. At times we will hear about alcoholics and addicts who have been sober for a long period of time and then […]

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