Where does the power in recovery come from? Does it come from a ‘higher power’, pharmaceuticals, group support or from within the patient?

These are some of the questions addressed in this article from The Fix. Richard Jumantalks with Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery to discuss SEATA and “self-empowering” treatment.

Where Should the Power in Addiction Recovery Come From?

Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery, discusses a new association for providers of “self-empowering” treatment.


Is there a necessary and sufficient “power” source for addiction recovery? Twelve-step programs encourage members to accept a “higher power” as the key element in recovery. Medical providers and advocates of the “hijacked brain” concept of addiction might argue that pharmaceutical power is the logical fuel of recovery, as manifested in Medication-Assisted Treatment. Others, including Dr. Tom Horvath, believe that the power that generates solid recovery should come from within the client, and views treatment as a vehicle for promoting “self-empowering” recovery. In many such cases, clients will opt for a program of recovery that does not necessarily include abstinence from mood-altering substances as an immediate or even an eventual goal. Here, Dr. Horvath describes the concept and SEATA, the new association and directory of like-minded treatment providers…Dr. Richard Juman

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