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A Matter Of Choice

From Being Sober We can define disease as a loss of function of an organ or organ system that produces a set of symptoms with a known or an unknown cause.  For example, diabetes has a target organ, the pancreas.  We know the cause, which is a dysfunction in insulin production or in insulin’s action […]

Spring Forward In Recovery! Addiction Treatment With Dr. Harry

Spring is a wonderful time of year to do a little bit of recovery house cleaning and to “spring forward” in our programs of recovery. Dr. Harry Haroutunian (a.k.a. Dr. Harry) is the author of “Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through and Living in Recovery, “and co-author of “Hijacking the Brain: How Drug […]

THE THREAT of DRUG and ALCOHOL ADDICTION to MANKIND

From Hijacking The Brain After millions of years of evolution, we are faced with a substantial challenge to our survival as a human species; drug and alcohol addiction.  Every day, millions of people struggle with addiction and millions more watch with feelings of hopelessness, as addiction coldly and systematically destroys the lives of their loved […]

What Is Addiction?

According to psychiatry.org Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. They keep using alcohol […]

Dr. Harry’s Outpatient Services

Are our programs certified?The outpatient services at HHPC are certified by the California Department of Health Care Services. How long are the programs?The outpatient programs at HHPC do not have a set length.  An individual’s length of participation will instead be determined by individual need and progress toward goals.  Some people will move through the […]

Naming the Problem

Drunkard Junkie Wino Sot From Not As Prescribed These words can stir up thought of obnoxious, foul-smelling panhandler stumbling through streets or dazed scab-ridden youth lounging in a coma-like state in some Godforsaken apartment or abandoned warehouse on the wrong side of town. The stereotypical thoughts and images these words conjure up are true in […]

THE TARGET ORGAN OF ADDICTION

The disease of alcoholism and drug addiction affects one of our more precious organs; the midbrain

The Holiday Gift Of Sobriety With Dr. Harry: Focus On Things That Bring Joy

Life in sobriety is beautiful and that alone is something to celebrate. However, focusing on the things in your life that bring you joy is another gift of sobriety and one that will help you keep a positive state mind and mental attitude no matter is happening around you.  Even though recovery is serious business, […]

How To Keep Your Cool AND Your Sobriety This Holiday Season

The Holiday Season has begun and from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day people celebrate this time of year with parties, family dinners, holiday events, work get-togethers, holiday open houses, and 24/7 socializing. This time of year is supposed to be about gratitude, family, joy and celebration, however for addicts in recovery it can just as […]

addiction recovery The Journey Of Change: The Importance Of Change In Addiction Recovery

journey of change for people in recovery is filled with many ups and downs, thrills and chills, and most of all, a leap of faith into a world of joy and possibility.