Horizon Blog

The Opioid Epidemic in Erie County is Real

May 23rd, 2016

We’ve all seen or heard the headlines on the local news. Deaths and overdoses from heroin and other opioids are on the rise in Erie County. How bad is it? County health department officials are still crunching the numbers from last year, but they predict that when all cases are confirmed, the total in Erie […]

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Are your drinking habits dangerous?

April 30th, 2016

0.08 %  You may recognize that number as the legal limit for drinking and driving. But whether you’re driving or not, it’s also the benchmark for determining whether you are binge drinking. What does that mean? Especially among younger drinkers, binge drinking is the most common type of excessive alcohol use in the United States. […]

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Staying sober after opiate detox

April 28th, 2016

Detox and withdrawal from opiates is a challenge in itself. However, many opiate addicts report staying the course of sobriety after detox is even more challenging. The good news is that there are resources and help available in the Western New York area to help on the path to recovery. Although it may seem like […]

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Here’s What You Might Not Know About Addiction

April 17th, 2016

By now, most people realize that the old stereotypes of alcoholics and drug abusers no longer apply. Addicts are not people at the fringes of society, hanging out in dark alleys or the gutter. Anyone around you may be abusing drugs and alcohol and you might not even know it. Today, we are sharing five things […]

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Ask Horizon: Signs of Alcoholism

January 20th, 2016

Do you suspect that a relative or friend, someone you love or care about, is drinking too much? It can be hard to tell in today’s society, where drinking is taken for granted and part of socializing. And there’s a difference between someone who drinks a lot and someone who is truly an alcoholic. So, […]

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Addiction knows no age limit

January 4th, 2016

The Growing Trend of Substance Abuse in Adults Age 55 and Older When asked to imagine the face of addiction, many of us would see in our minds a teenager or young adult who after experimenting with drugs or alcohol loses his ability to manage his life without relying on his drug of choice. While […]

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How Kicking the Smoking Habit can Reverse the Clock and Improve Your Health

December 29th, 2015

No one ever said quitting was easy – especially when it comes to smoking. Any addictive habit can be difficult to overcome, but fortunately for the 42 million Americans addicted to tobacco, no one has to quit alone. Help is available in the form of educational materials, support groups, treatment centers, and smoking cessation products. […]

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Think before you drink this holiday season

December 17th, 2015

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that 40% of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year’s involve drunk drivers — a 12% increase over the rest of the month of December. Why? More people drink during the holidays due to parties and other events. People underestimate their level of impairment […]

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