Tag Archives: Anxiety

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. […]

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 […]

Meditation for Addiction

Many addiction treatment centers are incorporating daily meditation into their treatment plans. Evidence has shown that meditation is useful for helping one observe thoughts and rewire brain structure. Both have proven useful for those trying to overcome addictions. Here’s how… Discipline From breath work to yoga there are many forms of sitting and moving meditations. […]

The Brain and Gut Connection with Addiction

You have probably heard the expression, “Trust your gut.” At one time or another, we have all had the experience of not trusting and having things go south. What explains this phenomena? Part of it can be understood through vagus nerve which connects the gut lining to the brain. The Enteric Nervous System (ENS) lives […]

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

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 […]

Holiday Visits to Family: 10 Tools to Stay Sober

For some of you this may be your first holiday sober from drugs and alcohol. Though the habits of addiction may be absent seeing old places and faces can be triggering. In addition, there is a learning curve for your family getting acquainted with the new person you are; someone with different values and interests. […]

Balboa Horizons Recovery Tribe

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  […]

Movement Therapies for Addiction

Traditionally, addiction has been treated with psychotherapy. Newly developed therapies called movement therapies are proving to be incredibly beneficial. Movement therapy can include dancing, yoga, tai chi, etc… this therapy model addresses both the psychological and the physiological health of a person. Physically our autonomic nervous system (ANS) remembers everything we feel, hear, see and […]

Does the Moon Affect our Behavior?

According to a University of New Orleans study, 81% of mental health professionals believe that the cycles of the moon affect human behavior. In 1987, the Journal of Emergency Medicine claimed to find that 80% of randomly selected nurses and 64% of doctors in emergency rooms believed that lunar cycles affect mental health. As well, […]

What is Trauma Therapy?

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. […]