Horizon Blog

Self Medicating is an Unhealthy Coping Mechanism

September 16th, 2017

How do you deal with stress? Do you take a walk, hit the gym, talk to a friend, or light up a joint? When your day goes wrong or you’re under the gun at work, do you pour yourself a drink as soon as you get home? The act of self-medicating occurs when you turn […]

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The Physical Side Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

July 2nd, 2017

Substance Abuse Impact on Your Body Perhaps the most obvious effect that substances have on the human body is their brain altering effects. Taking a substance will result in either some kind of high or suppression. Over time, this initial ‘feel good’ effect wears off and leaves the person with many repercussions. Below are a few examples […]

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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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Understanding the Difference Between a DUI and a DWI

January 4th, 2017

Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you are taking a risk. You are taking control of a 4,000-pound machine with the power to inflict serious damage if not properly managed. When you complicate that responsibility with the potential side effects of driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, the consequences could […]

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The Effects Of Alcohol On Your Body

December 9th, 2016

What Does Alcohol Do to Your Health? Today we’ll discuss some of the short- and long-term effects of alcohol on your body. Short Term Effects of Alcohol On the Body At first, alcohol can make you feel great—more relaxed, more confidence, happier and more social. But as you drink more, you’ll also find yourself experiencing […]

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What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Drinking?

July 29th, 2016

Who among us wouldn’t like to sleep better, lose weight, have better skin, or have more money? Well, these are just a few of the benefits to giving up alcohol. Whether you have an alcohol addiction or you’re just a social drinker, laying off alcohol can have a positive effect on your mind, your body, […]

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How Do You Know If Someone Is Addicted to Heroin?

June 3rd, 2016

Heroin abuse and addiction has become a major issue in Western New York and around the country. Users and addicts come from all walks of life, so heroin is going to affect many families. What can you do if you suspect a loved one or friend is addicted? Here are the some of the signs […]

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