A Review of “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience”

Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience By Sally Satel and Scott D. Lillienfeld (New York: Basic, 2013) Review by Tom Horvath, Ph.D. The prominent authors of Brainwashed challenge the widely held view that neuroscience will soon dramatically improve human

Substance Abuse and Your Spouse

Here are 5 things Dr. Horvath recommends you consider when discussing substance abuse with your spouse: 1. Take time to notice what is going well in your relationship, and talk about it. Express thanks for what is working. 2. Begin

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Your Child and Drugs

Five Issues to Consider When it Comes to Your Child and Drugs By Tom Horvath, PhD., ABPP 1) Experimentation with drugs/alcohol is common, and not necessarily bad in itself (depending on the values in your family). It would be unwise

Is AA Harmful?

Author: Tom Horvath, PhD, ABPP Is AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) potentially harmful to 90% of over-drinkers? The best way to determine whether AA might be helpful or harmful to you is to attend one or more meetings. Keep an open mind.

International Bipolar Foundation Event

Finding Bipolar Expertise When You Need It Author: Tom Horvath, PhD, ABPP Last week I had the pleasure of hearing a presentation by Tom Jensen, MD, at an International Bipolar Foundation event, Of Mind and Men: Mental Health, Addiction and

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Choriatiki Salad Recipe

Choriatiki Salad Enjoy this Choriatiki Salad recipe, compliments of Practical Recovery’s chef, Sarah Jones! 6 Portions 3 firm tomatoes 1 cucumber 1 onion 2 green peppers 1 cup kalamata or black olives 180 grams sheep or goat feta Cheese 1/2 cup

A Better Way to Promote Recovery

By Tom Horvath, PhD, ABPP Imagine that what people heard about addiction and recovery was roughly the following: “It is a normal part of life for many people to experiment with the use alcohol and tobacco. Some people also experiment

The Best Cures for Addiction are Desire and Purpose

The Best Cures for Addiction are Desire and Purpose Written for Practical Recovery by Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D. Many neuroscientists claim that we have made great advances in addiction—that we have discovered its chemical sources in the brain and are

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Opiate-Related Celebrity Deaths

The recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman is shining light on the American opiate overdose epidemic, but the problem wasn’t exclusive to Hoffman.

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5 Ways to Have an Awesome NYE (Without Alcohol)

Looking to stay sober this NYE? Read on for some celebration ideas! New Year’s Eve is the “booziest” holiday, full of champagne toasts, parties with open bars, and DUI arrests.  It is a challenging day to stay sober for any