8950 Villa La Jolla Dr B214, La Jolla, California 92037

Treatment Programs

  • Addiction
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Rehab
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Substance Abuse
  • Substance Abuse

Type of issues

  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Men's Issues
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Women's Issues

Private Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • UnitedHealthcare

Finance Available - yes

We Accept:

  • American Express,Cash,Check,Discover


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. If you have not heard of SMART there is an entire world of self-empowering recovery for you to explore! Dr. Horvath’s efforts made San Diego a major SMART Recovery center, with over 40 meetings each week. If you attend treatment at Practical Recovery, you have the option of working directly with Dr. Horvath.

At Practical Recovery we treat all addictions (alcohol, drugs and behavioral). We focus on the level of care (outpatient–including our innovative alternative to inpatient rehab) where the majority of your recovery effort is needed.

Using evidence-based methods and optional holistic healing services, we collaborate with you to create truly personalized treatment plans, with an emphasis on underlying problems, motivation, coping with cravings, relationships, lifestyle balance, and living with purpose and meaning.

Because it is easy to copy terms like “self-empowering, personalized and non 12 step rehab” into marketing language, many facilities say they operate according to these ideas. But in fact they do not. We regularly get clients who transfer to us after starting somewhere else, having discovered that there is much more to “self-empowering, personalized and non 12 step” than words on a website. If you want a self-empowering approach, come to a true leader of non 12 step rehab.

Another way that Practical Recovery is different than most facilities is that we do not “push” treatment on you. From the self-empowering perspective treatment is secondary to your own efforts. Yes, you are reaching out for guidance and we are here to provide it. Our hourly fees are higher per hour than most facilities because our providers are highly trained, however, your total fee is often dramatically lower than other facilities (especially if we save you the cost of inpatient care). Therefore we encourage you to attend an initial “evaluation and change plan” session. In it we provide an outline of what you might be facing ahead, and your options for responding. Even if you then attend traditional treatment, we will at least have inoculated you against the dangerous practices that can occur there. Although almost any treatment can be helpful, it can also cause harm. We hope to spare you that harm.

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