Horizon Blog

Three Tips for Handling Social Situations While in Recovery

September 7th, 2018

It’s Recovery Month! In September, we celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people living in recovery, those interested in recovery, and the loved ones and professionals who work tirelessly to support them on their path. Social situations can become awkward for even the most elegant among us. Trying to balance healthy boundaries with the natural […]

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Is Your Loved One Ready for Treatment?

March 12th, 2018

You can’t make someone get help. Here are some ways to tell if your loved one is ready for treatment. Substance use disorder or addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It affects not just the person using alcohol or drugs, but every person that cares about them. If you ask someone struggling with addiction, a […]

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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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