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The Individualized Intensive Outpatient Program

by Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP Practical Recovery’s IIOP The Individualized Intensive Outpatient Program To be clear: An Individualized Intensive Outpatient Program (IIOP) is not an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). An IOP is a group that typically meets three hours per

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Coping in Times of Tragedy

It can be challenging to stay sober when you’re coping with tragedy. The recent shooting event in Orlando has brought to surface many emotions for our country. We continue to grieve this tragedy together and are finding that many people

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Men and the Stigma of Addiction

Have you noticed the stigma that exists when it comes to men and addiction? It is no secret that the stigma of males in relation to addiction exists in our society today. While it’s widely understood that this is a

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Prince and the Opioid Epidemic

The death of Prince has left many wondering what really happened and whether circumstances could have been different.  Prince’s use of pain killers came as a surprise and many found it hard to believe he had been struggling with prescription

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Book Review: Too Much of a Good Thing…

Too Much of a Good Thing: How Four Key Survival Traits Are Now Killing Us by Lee Goldman, MD A review by Tom Horvath, PhD This book is packed with well-referenced scientific information to support the author’s suggestion that hunger, thirst


NJ Hospital Reducing Use of Opioids to Treat Pain

In a unique move toward reducing opioid overuse, the emergency room of New Jersey’s St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, the busiest in the state, has decided to eliminate the use of opioids as the first defense against mild to moderate

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We Can Get Addicted to Anything

Addictions typically develop to substances or activities that make us feel good. For instance, alcohol can relax us and cocaine can make us feel energized and happy. Substances that influence emotion because of their biochemical effects are called psychoactive. Even substances which are not

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Naloxone: Everything You Need to Know

Naloxone: Everything You Need to Know This guide offers all the essential information about naloxone – the lifesaving antidote for opioid overdose. The information here is NOT a substitute for medical advice – it is intended to serve as a

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Gambling: Fun & Games or Dangerous Addiction?

How do you know if your gambling is becoming a problem? Here are 7 signs that might signify a gambling addiction. Learn to recognize the signs and get help.


A Shout Out to New Horizons in Hawaii

by Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP When I began specializing in addiction treatment in 1985 I affiliated with the New Horizons outpatient network of providers. To my knowledge none of the original providers (nearly two dozen at one point) are still