Tag Archives: Chemical Dependency

Opioid Crisis Documentaries

The opioid crisis in the U.S. has led to great suffering. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are more than 115 fatal overdoses every day due to opioids. People become hooked on addictive prescription painkillers. They may start using heroin or turn to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. The risks they face […]

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 […]

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 […]

Selecting A Therapist Post-Rehab

Many people who complete addiction rehab programs continue their recovery process in therapy. Working with a therapist post-treatment allows one the opportunity to continue combing through triggers and build upon strengths. One benefit of rehab is that a therapist that specializes in chemical addiction and co-occurring disorders is assigned to you. When you return home […]

Dissociative Disorder and Addiction

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 […]

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 […]

Managing Sugar Cravings in Recovery

There are many inside jokes in recovery. One being, “I put the plug in the jug and the refrigerator door popped open.” It’s common for people in recovery to stop one addiction and then start another; a common one is eating sugar. Constantly reaching for candy, cookies, frozen yogurt and any other food loaded with sweetness […]

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. […]