Addiction affects the lives of people around the world in many different forms, with some going unrecognized for far too long. In this episode of First Aid with Kelly Kinkaid, Kelly and Sway sit down with Dr. Adi Jaffe as he discusses his personal journey of drug addiction and drug dealing, to turning his life around and earning a Ph.D. in psychology. The trio’s conversation helps break the stigma and explores untouched topics to help those facing addiction or those with loved ones struggling.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” image of how addiction is supposed to look. As Dr. Jaffe mentions, many addictions are still not acknowledged as true addictions by the medical community. While drug, alcohol and gaming addictions continue to plague Americans, several other forms of addiction are considered problematic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the different approaches to treatment for addictions depend on the individual and their condition. The most important thing to remember is that although it is treatable, addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior.
Dr. Adi Jaffe, author of The Abstinence Myth: A New Approach for Overcoming Addiction Without Shame, Judgement, or Rules, believes that the approach to treating addiction should be reevaluated. Instead of expecting addicts to get clean and sober before offering them support and guidance, he says that we should flip the approach. Reflecting on his road to recovery, Dr. Jaffe tells Kelly and Sway that it was his family’s support throughout the process that allowed him to make a real turnaround. By eliminating the stringent expectations of what it means to recover, we can offer true support for those who need assistance in overcoming their addictions.
Although no single treatment for addiction is right for everyone, recovery is possible. In order to successfully heal from an addiction, treatment must go beyond detoxification. A proper support system and care can help the addict address the underlying issues that led them towards their addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) toll-free at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).