Horizon Blog

Not Your Average Hide and Seek: Where Teens Hide Drugs

April 25th, 2017

Where Do Teens Hide Drugs From Parents? The following is a list of 10 of the most common places teens may hide substances such as drugs or alcohol. In their school supplies. A new use for those pens and highlighters includes stashing substances within. Highlighters have a space between the tip of the pen and […]

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Clinical Open House: Tuesday, April 25th

April 14th, 2017

Horizon is a Best Place to Work in WNY and we are hiring! We are adding entry level and experienced Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Counselors for our residential, outpatient, detox, and inpatient facilities in Erie and Niagara County. Entry level counselors must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in health and human […]

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What is dysthymic disorder?

April 10th, 2017

Dysthymia (dis-THIE-me-uh) is persistent depressive disorder. It is a continuous long-term (chronic) form of depression. Dysthymia affects approximately 3 million people in the US each year (Source: Mayo Clinic). It is defined as a low mood occurring for at least two years, along with at least two other symptoms of depression. Examples of symptoms include: […]

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Athena Awards Nominations

March 27th, 2017

On March 30, 2017, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership will host the ATHENA Awards® Luncheon. This luncheon has been a Buffalo-Niagara tradition since 1989. The award is celebrated around the world in more than 500 communities and 8 countries and is awarded to individuals who have achieved professional and personal success, given back to their communities […]

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Combating opioid abuse from a health plan’s perspective

March 20th, 2017

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, prescription painkillers and heroin are claiming the lives of 91 Americans every day. Despite significant community-wide efforts, Western New York is also struggling, with over 70 opioid-related overdoses suspected since the beginning of 2017. To help increase awareness of the issue, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New […]

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Why the Cost of Narcan is on the Rise

March 5th, 2017

What does it cost to save a life? Today, advocacy groups, medical professionals, and even government leaders are asking this question of the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture forms of the life-saving drug naloxone. Used as an injectable (brand name Evzio), or as a nasal spray (marketed under the name Narcan), naloxone is the life-saving antidote […]

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Benefits of Group Therapy for Substance Use Recovery

March 4th, 2017

There is a comfort in feeling that someone understands you, and a relief in knowing you’re not alone. The comfort that can be felt among those who intimately understand your struggles helps to make group therapy an effective part of a substance use recovery program. The benefits of group therapy are many, and have been […]

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Why Do Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Work?

February 28th, 2017

Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, has been part of American life for more than 80 years; Narcotics Anonymous for more than 50. And for most of those years, if you’ve been struggling with a substance use disorder, these programs have been considered a staple for many on the road to recovery. In recent years, there has […]

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