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Adi Jaffe Ph.D.
There is much discussion about biological & psychological reasons people develop addiction problems... it's like we forgot about the role of context and environment. We shouldn't!
People who struggle with addiction still face judgment—even though we know that judgment exacerbates harm. What can we do?
If sending drug users to jail isn't the answer, and letting them use leads to public hazards and open use, what are we to do?!
There is so much contradictory information about alcohol's impact on health and yet, it is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. What is a drinker to do?
If Medication Assisted Treatment, or pharmacotherapy, is so effective for treating the insidious opiate problem we're facing, why isn't is being used more frequently?
Rational decision making can be more difficult than it sounds. But here are 5 simple tips to make your next decision easier by applying some poker rules and psychological research.
Liver disease has long been linked with "alcoholism." But what if it doesn't take decades of heavy drinking to bring on lasting liver damage? Could your drinking put you at risk?
Everyone has gotten used to calling those who struggle with alcohol and drugs "alcoholics" and "addicts." But could that habit be making the problem worse? New research says yes.
Could it be that letting people select their own direction and goals in recovery is a win for everyone? Early evidence seems promising.
Roughly 40 percent of those who come for help with addictions say they struggle with anxiety. Everyone else tells them they first have to quit. But what about the anxiety?
For decades, help came only in the form of in-person assistance. But more and more research suggests the whole thing can be automated... "Siri, I need help!"
In the fight for dominance between psychology and biology, the role of environmental influence on addiction often gets left behind. We're about to fix that.
We tend to believe our own opinions and views as true. But could this extend all the way to clinical diagnoses like addiction?! It's pretty hard to ignore a hearty YES response...
Suicides have been all over the news, but they're also occurring at a higher rate far from any media attention. So what might be causing this increase and what can you do to help?
The gateway theory of addiction, with marijuana standing firmly at the gate, used to be all the rage. It seems to be back now as legalization takes hold. Should we all be scared?
In the fight for causal domination, biology surely boasts one of the largest armies....But is addiction really a purely biological disease? And if not, then what is it instead?
With so many advances in our understanding of addiction, why are providers still handing out a 90-year-old assessment tool? Maybe because of its bias.
Everyone has felt shame at some point in their life, and we're all guilty of having committed some mistakes. But what happens when shame keep you back from living a joyful life?
If you've ever really struggled, you know what it feels like to want to just feel "normal." But it can be important not to let that sense of "settling for" stagnate.
Depression is the most common mental health diagnosis and yet treatments for it leave many wanting. Could an obscure drug, better knows for underground parties, be the answer?
We've all had negative thoughts in our lives, but when those thoughts are regular and targeted inward, things can get bad. Try these techniques for some quick relief that lasts.
Need a little boost in your recovery? These spiritual (not religious) principles can provide incredible help!
The Drug War seemed like it was coming to an end...But as opioid overdoses escalate, the Trump administration is digging their heels using the same old rhetoric, and we're back!
In many ways, substance use itself is a symptom of a whole host of issues that go much deeper into the psychology of individuals than mere consumption.
It's hard to stay inspired in the field of behavioral health without exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking. National conferences like NatCon17 help remedy that.
We've all been hearing about medications for ADHD for years - the pros, cons and in-betweens. But no-one is talking about a non-medication treatment that works wonders.
e all know that Halloween can be a lot of fun, but how do we get to enjoy it without being part of the alcohol, drug and violence problems that seem to go with this holiday?
Many parents want to help solve their children's substance use problems. Approaching it from the "drug war" angle didn't prove useful for the U.S. and it won't work at home.
Insurance payments are a major source of the problems with addiction treatment—from low reimbursement rates leading to terrible treatment practices to abuse by greedy providers.
You've heard it before: "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic." The idea that "addiction" is an inescapable condition is pervasive and wrong. And there's data proving it.
Adi Jaffe, Ph.D., is a lecturer at UCLA and the CEO of IGNTD, an online company that produces podcasts and educational programs on mental health and addiction.