Horizon Blog

Recent DSM-V Updates Include Changes in Diagnostic Criteria

February 10th, 2017

In September 2016, the American Psychiatric Association announced a number of changes to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10). These changes were made to reflect the updated diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the American Psychiatric Association’s classification and diagnostic reference. While the new codes are supposed to […]

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Can Therapy Dogs Help with Addiction?

August 22nd, 2016

You may have heard of trained therapy dogs being used to help people with specific health problems—including individuals with cancer, heart problems, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When you remember that addiction is a health or physical issue, it makes sense that therapy dogs can be a useful component in an addiction treatment program. […]

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Can You Ever Really Get Over An Addiction? (Part 2)

July 19th, 2016

As our post last week stated, addiction is a chronic disease—but it is treatable and manageable. There are medications that can help with the initial withdrawal period and prescriptions that can help fight cravings so a person can focus on getting better. But there’s no pill that can make addiction go away. Can you get over […]

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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 some people more prone to addiction than others?

September 25th, 2015

Why can some people drink or do drugs without becoming addicted? Are there reasons that some people become addicts while others do not? Research has proved that there are certain risk factors that make some people more prone to addiction than others. What are they? Addiction has nothing to do with age, but it can […]

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Don’t forget to sign up for Horizon’s 2nd annual Walk Towards a New Horizon

September 2nd, 2015

Horizon is holding it’s second annual Walk Towards a New Horizon on Sunday, September 27, 2015. The walk will be held at Delaware Park Ring Road, near Colvin and Amherst across from Nichols High School.  Registration will begin at 8:30 and the walk will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Horizon offers HOPE to individuals struggling […]

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The Short- and Long-Term Effects of Alcohol On the Body

April 26th, 2015

When you drink alcohol, it’s absorbed into your bloodstream—which mean it affects every part of your body. So if you drink more than two standard servings of alcohol a day, you’re going to see both short-term and long-term effects on both your behavior and your health. Is it worth the risks? Short-Term Effects For example, […]

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A Holly Jolly (And Sober) Holiday – How To Get Through The Holidays Without Turning To Drugs Or Alcohol

December 3rd, 2014

The holiday season can be challenging when you’re in recovery. Everyone wants you to “eat, drink and be merry,” but the stresses of too much to do, not enough sleep and spending time with family and friends can pile up. Relatives may not understand or support your sobriety. Friends who you used to drink or […]

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