Doctor Adi Jaffe is a UCLA trained addiction expert. But before he got involved in addiction research in UCLA classrooms and labs, he was a drug dealer and meth addict. For over eight years Adi's crazy experiences, with his own out-of-control use and the lifestyle that his drug-dealing brought on, made his life feel like something out of a beatnik novel directed by Tarantino. After being arrested for the 4th time, and going to rehab twice, Adi managed to get his act together and steer his life back on course.
Dr. Jaffe now writes for All About Addiction as well as for Psychology Today, and several other online and print sources. His goal is to bring the latest knowledge about addiction to the people who could benefit from it most - those who are suffering because of it. He has published dozens of articles, book chapters, and presentations on the topic of addiction and is currently working on his first book. His writing combines personal experience with a decade's worth of fine-detail research regarding the mechanisms involved in the addictive process.
Here’s a little introduction in his own words:
I’ve been studying issues related to drug-addiction, sex-addiction, and gambling-addiction for the past 8 years. I’ve been heavily involved in research on related conditions like HIV, Hepatitis, depression, and ADHD as well, making my understanding of addiction issues a broad one. During this time I have been, and still am, learning a lot that I believe can benefit those struggling with addiction themselves, as well as their family members, friends, and loved ones.
Whatever you’re comfortable calling addiction (disease, affliction, a moral failing) there’s no doubt that it’s having a great, negative, impact on those it affects.More than 500,000 deaths and a burden of more than $500 million dollas is attributed to substance abuse every year in the United States alone. I think it's time we get real about the problem and stop using stigma and misinformation to hide behind.
I am most interested in learning about what I call “The pathway to addiction,” the ways people become addicted and the reasons they may stay stuck in addiction. I’ve learned a lot about about the genetic, behavioral, and environmental influences on addiction and drug-abuse. I hope you can use this blog to benefit from my knowledge without having to do so much work yourself…
I want to do this because I feel that knowledge is a key ingredient not only in curing and fighting conditions (be they medical, academic, psychological, or otherwise), but also in simply being able to handle and accept things as they are more completely.
We tend to be more scared of things when we feel like we don’t understand them.
I’m not going to lie to you on here and I’ll have no problem revealing personal history and experience. I want this to be a forum for people to ask honest questions, get honest answers, and be able to look to when they feel like they’re at a loss and need someone who understands.
My writing, as well as the writing of other experts and addiction researchers, will hopefully allow you to understand addiction better, and therefore improve the way you approach it. That can do nothing but help in my opinion.
I'm Alex Gilman, and I'm a 2006 graduate of Middlebury College and a native of Boston. I have been working with Adi Jaffe as a writer and editor for several years and I'm delighted to be a part of the important work going on at All About Addiction. In my capacity as an editor, I attempt to take all of the important research and insight from the rest of the highly impressive A3 team and help maximize its impact and content. Though in no way as scientifically gifted as the others on this site, I'm hopeful that my contributions, in some small way, can prove useful for those who find themselves on this site looking for help, hope, or information. In my spare time I like to watch sports, play sports, pet dogs, and drive cars.
My name is Nicole Jamison- Dinowitz and I am a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles (10') with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Education. My career goals include both psychology and education, and I hope in the near future to pursue these disciplines by attending graduate school. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and keeping fit. My interest in addiction came about after learning how personality and other factors such as neurophysiology can influence addictive behaviors. I am very happy and honored to be part of the All About Addiction team.
My name is Jamie Felzer and I have been with All About Addiction since 2008 and have loved being a part of its growth into the wonderful resource it has become today. I work on several aspects of the site, including writing, outreach, and development. Having spent the past 4 years of my college career as part of the Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA, I am particularly interested in the interaction between addiction and HIV/AIDS. I will be continuing this work next year while working on a Masters of Public Health focusing on chronic and infectious diseases. In my spare time, I love the beach, participating and watching most sports, especially gymnastics, scrapbooking and traveling.
My name is Mirjam, and I am from Switzerland and a current Psychology student at UCLA. I am fascinated by the world of psychology, and I am interested in pursuing a career in social psychology. I have also a strong interest in addiction research, having helped a close friend deal with drug addiction. I want to learn more about the field of addiction in order to better understand people dealing with this serious problem. In my spare time, I like to read, write, watch movies, practice yoga, go to the beach, and spend time with family and friends. I am also very passionate about art, and I enjoy going to museums and galleries.