Tom Horvath

Author: Tom Horvath

A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., is California licensed psychologist (PSY7732) and a board certified clinical psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the founder and owner of Practical Recovery, a self-empowering addiction treatment system in San Diego. Practical Recovery consists of four facilities (two six bed rehabs in University City, a seven bed sober living home in Carmel Valley, and outpatient services in La Jolla).

He has been the long-standing volunteer president of SMART Recovery, an international non-profit providing free, science-based, self-empowering mutual help groups for abstaining from any addiction. He is a past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society on Addiction Psychology (Division 50), the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists, and past president and fellow of the San Diego Psychological Association. He is adjunct faculty at Alliant International University, and previously adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego.

He is the author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions (listed by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as a “Self-Help Book of Merit”). Dr. Horvath’s publications, media interviews, and presentations are helping to change how individuals, professionals, and societies understand addictive behavior.
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP); California Psychologist License PSY7732
  • Founder/Owner
  • Practical Recovery, whose Treatment Centers include Reunion San Diego, The Men's Residence, and Practical Recovery Psychology Group; President (volunteer position), SMART Recovery
  • Addiction Treatment
Celebrating 20 Years: What’s Next for SMART Recovery?

As the number of individuals who believe “AA is the only way” continues to diminish, the number of SMART meetings will be less important than having access to them.

What is Self-Empowering Recovery?

In self-empowering recovery the goal is to gain power, ability and capacity, in order to make better recovery and life decisions. Over time, the individual’s recovery plan…

The Dual Citizenship Phenomenon

How could someone attend a powerlessness based approach, and a self-empowering approach, and not find them radically different? I do not yet have a good answer to this question, but I’m reporting what I have learned in the years since I first experienced what I am terming “dual citizenship.”