Tag Archives: Addiction

The Best Thing To Do When Things Fall Apart

People who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction have a way of getting themselves in overwhelming situations, i.e. without a home, needing a job or in jail. Losing friendships and relationships can also be overwhelming experiences. Whether you are experiencing these things or feeling overwhelmed by someone that is, there is one thing you can […]

A Daily Game Plan for Focus

People who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions frequently struggle with focus. Author and CEO coach, Peter Bregman has created this ritual for focus that many are finding useful. Check it out: Head Start The first 5 minutes of the day are devoted to looking at your priorities. Take a look at your to-do list. […]

11 Things To Do and Eat in O.C.

  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 […]

10 Benefits of Not Drinking Alcohol

Whether you choose not to drink alcohol because you identify as an alcoholic or you simply don’t like the taste, there are many benefits from ditching the booze. Here are 10 of them: Presence – The opiate effects of alcohol can be relaxing and ease social anxiety for some. Yet, like any uncomfortable situation or […]

What Happens at a Family Recovery Meeting

For those new to recovery the idea of taking an hour out of ones day to attend a recovery meeting sounds like a total downer. Who would want to listen to other people talk about their problems? Funny thing is, a lot of people find it incredibly effective in helping tthemselves emotionally and supporting their family […]

Dream Analysis in Addiction Treatment

Dream analysis has been used for thousands of years. It’s recorded that the Egyptians and Babylonians used analysis as a form of prophecy. Tibetans have their own form of analysis which they connect spiritual meaning to. It was introduced in the west as a tool in psychotherapy by Sigmund Freud. Depending on the philosophy you […]

Medications for Addiction

The initial treatment for drug and alcohol addiction traditionally includes medication. The individual symptoms a person is experiencing will determine the type of pharmaceutical and/or supplement prescribed. Here are a few of the most popular types of medications that treat addictions and their co-occurring disorders: Antidepressants Many who struggle with addiction also battle depression. Antidepressants […]

Autism and Addiction

Characteristics of autism are difficulties with social interactions, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. People who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction tend to also struggle with social anxiety, mood disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. Some researchers are asking if those with autism use drugs and alcohol in order to help relieve […]

Breathwork for Addiction

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 […]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Addiction

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been used to treat those struggling with addictions, self-harm and borderline personality disorder. Many clients in addiction rehabs battle all three. One common denominator in them is the struggle in handling intense emotions. Someone with borderline personality disorder may become angry and in the effort to calm themselves use drugs […]