The Psychedelic Diaries

#003 Dr. Tom Horvath interview: psychology of change and his ayahuasca experience

August 02, 2021 Ray Christian / Dr. Tom Horvath Season 1 Episode 3
The Psychedelic Diaries
#003 Dr. Tom Horvath interview: psychology of change and his ayahuasca experience
Show Notes

We talk with Dr. Tom Horvath, CEO of Practical Recovery, about the psychology of "change" and his experience with ayahuasca. Plus Tom's approach on how he'd navigate through addiction, and reflections on the moral struggle of being a young man sowing his oats.

Youtube: https://youtu.be/sNXGQR41_4Y
 

HIGHLIGHTS

—Tom’s small hack for inducing change: pattern interrupters (3:12)

—What it's like dealing with addiction and death as a psychotherapist (4:44)

—Common themes for success (6:02)

—How Tom would navigate if he found himself addicted to meth (8:30)

—The addiction, depression and anxiety Venn diagram (12:20)

—How therapists view psychedelics (14:55)

—Toms experience with ayahuasca (17:39)

—Tom’s take on the internal struggle of being a young man sowing his oats (19:40)

—Soul search: Tom's proudest accomplishment, a habit he’s recently kicked (22:12)


DR. TOM HORVATH BIO
Dr. Horvath is a California licensed (PSY7732) and board certified clinical psychologist. He has specialized in addictive problems since 1985. 

He is the founder and president of Practical Recovery Psychology Group in San Diego, and past president of the American Psychological Association (APA)’s Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50; the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists).

Dr. Horvath is the author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions, recommended as a self-help book by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). 

He has been an instructor of graduate addiction courses at Alliant International University and the University of San Diego. For 20 years he was the volunteer president of SMART Recovery (established 1994), an international non-profit offering free, self-empowering, science-based addiction mutual help groups. 

He is also a fellow of the San Diego Psychological Association, ABCT and APA. 

Find Tom here:

https://www.practicalrecovery.com/