When looking to treat an issue with alcohol it can be difficult to find options beyond the traditional 12 step approach. It’s the industry standard but that doesn’t make it a good fit for everyone. Practical Recovery is unique in offering a non 12 step approach to those looking to overcome addiction. I was honored to join the for an interview!

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Practical Recovery

Practical Recovery offers non 12 step rehab in San Diego, which includes drug and alcohol outpatient addiction treatment, and an innovative alternative to inpatient rehab, the IIOP.  Almost all US addiction treatment is based on the idea that you are powerless over addictive behavior. Once you accept that idea, you follow the same 12-step path everyone else follows. It works for some, but Practical Recovery offers an alternative: a self-empowering, truly personalized approach. In fact, Practical Recovery, established in 1985, is at the forefront of developing and implementing the self-empowering approach.

Smart Recovery

Dr. Horvath, the founder and owner of Practical Recovery, co-founded the international non-profit SMART Recovery (a free mutual help group, established in 1994). He was SMART Recovery’s president for 20 years, as it grew from dozens of meetings in the US to over 2,000 meetings worldwide.

Practical Recovery with This Naked Mind

I like Dr. Horvath feel that a personalized approach is vital to overcoming our addiction to alcohol. In this interview, I talk with them about This Naked Mind, my favorite part of living alcohol free, challenges when deciding to stop drinking and overcoming those challenges.

Not A 12 Stepper?

Interested in a non 12 step option? Start reading the first 40 pages of This Naked Mind for free right now and learn what options exist.


We’ve already mentioned Smart Recovery but many communities exist where you can find fellow non-drinkers, both locally and virtually. My community has expanded exponentially since I’ve stopped drinking and started developing so many new interests.