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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Men's Rehab Program at Balboa Horizons

Balboa Horizons is private, confidential, friendly and professional program comprised of comfortable residential homes and the Center.  The Center is the hub of Balboa Horizons, where counseling, academic and career planning, meetings, and social time occur.  Clients benefit from each other’s experiences and the support that comes from a group therapeutic setting.

Our program is structured from a daily schedule perspective — not a lot of down time to just hang out.  However, daily fitness and recreational events are always built in.  Studies show that participating in long groups for most of the day during early recovery is not effective.  Information is simply not retained.  Balance in life is the objective; therefore our program teaches and implements this philosophy. The men that participate in our program are good people who have been off track for some time.  The goal is to re-introduce them to a core set of values many were raised with, while helping them accept who they are now and encourage success for the future.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Top Opiate Addiction Treatment & Detox

Opiate and opioid drugs are intensely addictive, highly dangerous and can be potentially fatal. The opioid family includes the naturally occurring opiates morphine and codeine, as well as their synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives.

These include heroin, methadone and a variety of prescription pain medications.
Balboa Horizons’ clinical team is highly trained to deal with the challenges involved with opioid addiction and treatment. A controlled and medically supervised detoxification will be necessary and the intensity of withdrawal will depend on the duration and amount of opioid use. However, detoxification is not a complete solution. Most addicts will eventually resume using opioids unless they receive further help.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Addiction Treatment for Men in California

Designed specifically for men, Balboa Horizons addiction treatment programs offers features beyond what every treatment center does. Our program offers an environment that promotes openness and acceptance and a treatment model that combines the latest in evidence-based addiction medicine and clinical intervention with an immersion in Twelve-Step practices.

Balboa Horizons is private, confidential, friendly and professional program comprised of comfortable residential homes and the Center.  The Center is the hub of Balboa Horizons, where counseling, academic and career planning, meetings, and social time occur.  Clients benefit from each other’s experiences and the support that comes from a group therapeutic setting. read more...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Balboa Horizons CEO is Proud to Open New Addiction Recovery Programs Specifically for Men

Paul Moen eagerly prepares for the
August opening of Balboa Horizons for Men.
Newport Beach, CA- Since taking the reigns at Balboa Horizons for Women in 2008, Paul Moen has believed that his premiere treatment center should extend its services to provide gender-specific care to both women and men. His dream is finally becoming a reality with the August opening of Balboa Horizons for Men.  

Based on the success of the small, gender-specific women's programs, Moen plans to keep the new programs small and gender-specific as well.  "This expansion is not about getting bigger, it's simply about making sure that our quality addiction treatment is available to everyone," he explains.  And Moen is taking extreme care to ensure that the programs are indeed exceptional, immersing himself in every detail from daily scheduling to facility decor.  He has assembled what he refers to as "the A-Team" of treatment professionals, support staff and therapists to run the programs, making time to interview each candidate personally. 

The new men's programs incorporate a variety of therapeutic modalities, a core 12-step approach and elements proven important to clients and their families, including:

  • Quality clinical services
  • Experienced multidisciplinary staff
  • Comprehensive continuum of care
  • Family involvement in treatment
  • Recovery support and relapse prevention
Balboa Horizons is not your average treatment center, largely because Paul Moen is not your average CEO.  A 20-year veteran of the recovery community, Moen incorporates the principles of his personal recovery into his professional role.  He values integrity, earning a reputation among his peers as an honest and reliable treatment professional.  Never content to stay behind the scenes, Moen remains involved in every aspect of treatment at Balboa Horizons, working hands-on to ensure that his company delivers a product he believes in.
Moen explains what drives him to strive for perfection at Balboa Horizons, saying, "None of this is about me or my ambition, it is about my responsibility to the individuals who have come to me for help.  For some, this may be their only chance.  I work hard to make Balboa Horizons a program that I am proud to put my name on, not at all because my reputation is on the line, but because their lives are on the line."  To learn more about Balboa Horizons' new programs for men, please call 866-316-4012 or visit

Friday, July 27, 2012

Balboa Horizons New Site for CEU's

Jean M. Campbell, LCSW,
Balboa Horizons was proud to host an Intermediate Psychodramatic Bodywork Workshop for Mental Health Professionals facilitated by Jean Campbell, LCSW, CET III, TEP over the weekend.  Balboa Horizons' new outpatient facility in Costa Mesa was the perfect environment for the amazing work that transpired with the help of Jean Campbell and her talented assistants.
The Intermediate Psychodramatic Bodywork workshop combines two forms of psychotherapy: bodywork and psychodrama. The bodywork involves safe touch to help individuals connect with the messages that are held in the body as pain, numbness and/or illness. In psychodrama, blocked spontaneity from earlier traumas is unblocked and re-integrated through dramatic action methods. 

Balboa Horizons will be home to several more training's by Jean Campbell throughout 2012 and 2013.  If you would like more information about these training's and corresponding dates please contact us!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Balboa Horizons Expands Leadership Team with New Hire

Deb Hughes, CAS
Newport Beach, CA - Balboa Horizons Addiction Recovery Services for Men and Women announced today that they have expanded their leadership team with the addition of Executive Director Deb Hughes, CAS.  Balboa Horizons is proud to welcome this dynamic professional to help guide the company's continued growth. 

"We are honored to have someone with her experience, integrity and vision join our team," says Balboa Horizons CEO Paul Moen.  "As we embark on future growth, her tremendous leadership ability will enable us to continue to provide comprehensive care to the growing population of individuals struggling with addiction."

As Executive Director, Deb will be involved with all facets of business development, administration and overall strategy.  She will oversee existing as well as new programming.  She brings 27 years of experience to Balboa Horizons, having worked in the areas of business development, program development, management and administration in the recovery field.

"What attracted me to Balboa Horizons was its leadership and positive outlook towards innovation in the field of addictions," Hughes says.  "Balboa Horizons offers truly comprehensive, holistic and gender-specific treatment programs for individuals and their families in breathtaking locations throughout Newport Beach and the surrounding beach cities."

Most recently, Deb worked as Program Administrator at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders in Arizona.  Her creative talents and administrative knowledge helped Rosewood to effectively achieve their vision for growth, earning them well-deserved recognition as a leader in Eating Disorders Treatment. 

Prior to her time at Rosewood, she worked as the Assistant Administrator at the Rader Program for Eating Disorders in California, where she implemented the facility's PHP and extended care programs.  She also held positions as Intake Director at both Anacapa by the Sea and the Steps treatment programs, where she was responsible for large intake departments that helped countless individuals find their way through the doors of recovery.  In addition, Deb designed and developed Kids in Sobriety, an intensive outpatient program for adolescents in Ventura, CA.

About Balboa Horizons

Balboa Horizons offers a full continuum of addiction recovery services for men and women 18 years of age and older.  We provide individualized treatment and allow our clients to focus exclusively on recovery by keeping our programs entirely gender-specific.  For over eight years, we have specialized in the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions, self-defeating behaviors and co-occurring mental health diagnoses including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Our serene recovery centers, located in Newport Beach and the surrounding beach cities, help to inspire change and growth.  Our expert multidisciplinary staff provides clients the tools they need to transform their lives.  If you or a loved one needs help, please call us today at (866) 316-4012 or visit

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Balboa Horizons, we have treated many women addicted to ecstasy

Ecstacy Treatment Program for Women at Balboa Horizons
Ecstasy is the common street name for a synthetic, psychoactive drug called MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine). MDMA has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects and produces feelings of euphoria, increased energy and altered reality. Ecstasy is one of many dangerous and habit-forming substances known as “club drugs.” It has long been associated with the nightclub and rave scenes and users claim to enjoy the drug for its ability to diminish social anxiety and create a sense of belonging. They experience emotional warmth and increased empathy with others and these emotional and social qualities make ecstasy extremely attractive to female users.

Although ecstasy use has diminished since its peak in 2000, the drug is still a widespread problem and studies show that it remains highly popular. Perhaps one of the most dangerous misconceptions concerning ecstasy is the belief that it is a harmless party drug with little potential for abuse or addiction. Nothing could be further from the truth. The consequences experienced as a result of ecstasy abuse are severe and treatment is highly recommended. At Balboa Horizons, we have treated many women addicted to ecstasy and other “club drugs,” with whom ecstasy was their primary drug of choice. We understand the multitude of reasons why women are attracted to this class of drug and have experience in successfully dealing with the aftermath of an ecstasy addiction.

Ecstasy is most commonly ingested in tablet or capsule form. Although all ecstasy is known to contain MDMA, street ecstasy is typically a cocktail of drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine, cocaine, ephedrine or any number of toxic substances. These are dangerous recipes and users rarely know what combination of drugs they are actually ingesting. Furthermore, many ecstasy users commonly take ecstasy along with alcohol or marijuana, greatly compounding the risk of adverse health effects and neurotoxicity. One-time use can cause severe dehydration, hypothermia, liver, kidney or cardiovascular system failure and death. 

Ecstasy is known to produce confusion, depression, insomnia, severe anxiety and drug dependency. A survey of young adult ecstasy users found that 43% of those who reported ecstasy use met the diagnostic criteria for dependence. Those addicted to ecstasy will experience increased tolerance along with the presence of serious withdrawal symptoms should they discontinue their use, making ecstasy a highly dangerous and addictive drug. Aside from these physical implications, perhaps the most severe risks are due to the distorted reality created by ecstasy. Users experience seriously impaired judgment, heightened levels of trust or bouts of extreme paranoia, which can lead to a multitude of traumatic events including rape, injury, car accidents, assault and criminal charges.

Ecstasy has the ability to dramatically alter brain chemistry. MDMA works on the neurotransmitter serotonin, which regulates mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep and pain. It binds to the serotonin transmitter, increasing and prolonging the serotonin signal to the brain. It also causes an excessive release of serotonin from the neurons, increasing feelings of euphoria. After any period of use, ecstasy can permanently damage serotonin nerve terminals. Due to these serotonin deficiencies, many women recovering from ecstasy addiction will struggle with depression. Our clinical staff is highly trained to treat depression associated with addiction and we employ a variety of treatment modalities that have been proven effective. In addition, there are a multitude of psychiatric medications known as SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, that may be helpful if necessary.