Horizon Blog

Horizon Health Services is a substance use and mental health disorder treatment center in Western New York.

Warning Signs of Pain Pill Abuse

November 22nd, 2017

If you are worried that a loved one may be abusing prescription opioids, check this list for some common warning signs: Changes in physical appearance. Changes can include looking pale or sickly, gaining or losing weight, skin issues, appearing tired and/or disheveled. Issues with prescriptions. Warning signs include visiting multiple doctors, finishing a Rx early, […]

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Borderline Personality Disorder

July 10th, 2017

She’s crazy… He’s unstable… She must be bipolar… In our society, we are quick to label people with diagnoses that we may know very little about based on the behaviors we think we understand. On the news we often hear people debating the mental status of a person after a tragic event has happened. Even in […]

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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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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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Does your family need counseling?

November 2nd, 2016

Families can benefit from therapy when there is anything stressful happening that may strain or damage family relationships, such as: financial hardship, divorce, a death in the family substance abuse. Family therapy can be especially helpful to individuals who are being treated for addiction because it can not only get to the root of issues […]

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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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Can You Ever Really Get Over An Addiction? (Part 1)

July 10th, 2016

If you’re wondering if an addict can ever be truly cured, if an addiction can ever disappear, popular wisdom from the experts says no. But don’t despair! Like other chronic diseases, addiction is treatable and manageable. Addicts can stop abusing drugs or alcohol, resume productive lives, and even counteract the changes that addiction has made […]

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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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