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Adi Jaffe

Los Angeles, California
Adi Jaffe is a UCLA addiction expert who has been studying addiction-related matters for over 10 years, has published dozens of articles and book chapters on the topic and has presented talks on addiction at national conferences. In 2008, Adi began publishing an addiction blog at... Full Bio
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How to Give Up Giving Up – The Lexicon of success by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction When I was facing eighteen years in prison for a string of felonies long enough to make an organized crime boss proud, I made a decision that would alter the course of my ... Read on »
DARE – Drug Abuse Prevention that doesn’t work by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is the largest school-based drug abuse prevention program in the United States. 80% of school districts across the country te ... Read on »
Is opiate pain medication safe for addicts? Part II by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction In our previous article on pain medication and addicts we looked at how common opiate prescriptions are among people who are, or ever have been, identified as having subst ... Read on »
Is opiate pain medication safe for addicts? Part I by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction A recent user question on VYou (see my response here ) addressed the issue of prescribing addicts with opioid pain medication . Since prescription medication abuse and add ... Read on »
WCSAD – Addiction and treatment education conference is back by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction Our readers may remember us highlighting the West Cost Symposium on Addictive Disorders conference, which took place at the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, Califor ... Read on »
Brain and relaxation drinks – the new fad by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction You’ve seen them advertised an on store shelves – drinks with names like Neuro, IDrink, and Dreamwater promise that their combinations of hormones, neurotransmitters , and ... Read on »
The best addiction treatment option by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction I get asked which addiction treatment option is the best all the time. The short answer? Whichever one ends up working for the client. I don’t like being stuck in the ... Read on »
Keep your head up – no shame in addiction by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction A client come in today for an addiction treatment evaluation. She had so much shame about her drug use that even the relative who brought her in didn’t know what drug she ... Read on »
Criminal drug possession – Felony versus misdemeanor by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction In all but 13 States in the U.S., drug possession for personal use is still considered a felony punishable by years in prison and hefty fines. This despite the fact that ... Read on »
Prescription addiction – still growing by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction A recent story in the Associated Press discusses the association between the great increase in prescription painkiller sales in the United States and the increasing rates ... Read on »
Forgetting astrocytes – marijuana, memory, and the brain by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction My favorite thing about science are those discoveries that remind us we simply don’t know everything. A recent article by a group of researchers from Canada, China, and Fr ... Read on »
Barriers to Addiction Treatment Entry by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction By Dr. Adi Jaffe and Tariq Shaheed How annoying is it to be running late for work unable to find your keys, wallet, or coveted smart phone? You check under the bed, ... Read on »
Decision-making and alcoholism: what’s the risk? by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction By James R. Ashenhurst Every day we are faced with decisions to make, both simple and complex: should I buy the bargain brand cereal or do I really want to pay more fo ... Read on »
Addiction research – Who are we studying? by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction I teach a class on the psychology of addiction (Psych 477 at California State University in Long Beach) and as I have been preparing the lectures something has become very ... Read on »
Treating alcohol withdrawal with benzodiazepines – Safe if mindful by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction Alcohol withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant (see here for an overview). Symptoms vary from person to person, but most people will experience some nega ... Read on »
A3 Verified – Matrix Institute on Addictions by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction A3 is doing its RehabFinder work this month and we have a brand new and exciting addition to our Verification roster – The West Los Angeles clinic of the Matrix Institute ... Read on »
Before we jump to Whitney Houston conclusions by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction I’ve had numerous calls from media outlets who want to talk about Whitney Houston and her celebrity drug problem since this past Saturday. It seems as if everyone wants ... Read on »
A3 Verified – KLEAN West Hollywood by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction The A3 Rehab-Finder is happy to announce the full verification of The KLEAN Treatment Center in West Hollywood (call them at 323-391-4032). The KLEAN Center is a licen ... Read on »
Negative self-talk and addiction recovery by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction Everyone has internal beliefs about what they are, or aren’t, good at. For many these have become an implicit reality – facts about life that are rarely examined and never ... Read on »
Naltrexone the addiction cure? by Adi Jaffe Posted in: Blog Posts in Drug Addiction CNN released a news article a little while back titled “ With anti-addiction pill, ‘no urge, no craving ‘” that seems to suggest that a cure for addiction has been found. As ... Read on »