Breathwork for Addiction

by Balboa Horizons | March 30, 2016

Drugs and alcohol are not the source of the problem for an addict. The inability to feel and weather the pains of human emotion are. An addict runs from these emotions by numbing through drugs, alcohol, food and disassociation. Recovery is a process of incorporating many tools in order to help an individual get through […]

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Dissociative Disorder and Addiction

by baladmin | February 24, 2016

The reason why people abuse drugs and alcohol varies. Currently, quite a bit of research points to trauma leading to chemical dependency. Trauma is a painful experience that shocks the body. This can be neglect from a caregiver as a child, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing a death or engaging in combat. When an individual […]

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What is Trauma Therapy?

by baladmin | September 15, 2015

Many of our clients with chemical addictions struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Over 50% of those who struggle with PTSD self-medicate with alcohol, 30% use drugs. Somatic therapy is one of the best ways to help those suffering from PTSD. The word somatic comes from the Greek word “soma” which means living body. […]

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How to Get the Most out of Therapy

by baladmin | August 13, 2015

Sometimes therapy can feel like a carousel ride. You show-up. Pay a quarter. Have a seat. Take a spin around the mind. Return in a week. Do it all over again. What you may not be aware of is that the carousel ride on the couch is not the main attraction. What happens between the […]

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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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How does Psychological Trauma affect Addiction?

by baladmin | July 28, 2014

Trauma, which means “wound” in Greek, is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds a person’s ability to cope with or process the emotions as a result of that experience. A traumatic event can involve one experience or repeated traumatic events which leave a person with a sense of being overwhelmed. […]

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What is the difference between Mental Illness & Psychological Health?

by baladmin | July 25, 2014

Many people think there is an obvious difference between mental illness and psychological health but very often the differences are misunderstood. Mental Illness refers to alterations in thinking, emotions or behaviors that create distress and impaired functioning for the individual. Mental illness is often a result of biological changes in the brain. Psychological Health Psychological […]

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Schizophrenia & Marijuana Abuse

by baladmin | May 29, 2014

The definition and classification of mental disorders is a key issue for addiction treatment service providers and those who may be diagnosed. For a mental state to classify as a disorder, it generally needs to cause dysfunction. There are many different categories of mental disorder, and many different facets of human behavior and personality that […]

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Undiagnosed Trauma Can Fuel Addiction

by baladmin | May 27, 2014

Undiagnosed Trauma & Self Medicating The dually diagnosed client is a person who is suffering from one or more mental illnesses while at the same time being actively involved in a substance abuse addiction. Trauma is a debilitating mental illness and is similar to the experience of PTSD. In an effort to alleviate the suffering, […]

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