Today’s interview with Dr. Adi Jaffe is incredibly timely because September is named as the National Recovery Month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Adi Jaffe is the author of The Abstinence Myth and the founder of the IGNTD Podcast along with his wife, Sophie Jaffe, and is an expert on addiction. He often talks about the pervasive shame that we have in the traditional treatment models of addiction and the problem with the black-and-white labels that we apply upon it. He says the thing about addiction and the reasons we become addicted, is that they are actually pervasive to all of us. There are times where we all want to escape the feelings of our life, and it is usually that desire that triggers any form of addiction in the first place.
This conversation was deep, insightful, and it breaks all the rules of how we traditionally talk about addiction and recovery! Dr. Jaffe tells us his deeply personal story about his own addiction and recovery, explains why traditional recovery models are failing us, and provides insight around the myth of abstinence. He explains how to actually get on the path of recovery without abstinence, how to not externalize emotions and better manage our feelings, the biological and environmental components to addiction and how we can actually alter them for the better, and much, much more! This episode is jam-packed with so much valuable information that is incredibly important, regardless of where you are in life!
[1:25] About today’s guest and episode!
[2:34] Welcoming Dr. Adi Jaffe to the podcast!
[2:55] Dr. Adi Jaffe tells us his story and how he got to where he is today.
[8:49] Dr. Jaffe explains what it is about the traditional recovery models that are not working.
[11:33] How Dr. Jaffe defines addiction.
[15:37] Dr. Jaffe gives his thoughts on the labels around addiction.
[20:10] What is the myth of abstinence?
[25:30] How to actually get on the path of recovery (without abstinence).
[29:30] How does Dr. Jaffe help clients not externalize emotions and set them up with the tools to better manage their feelings?
[34:18] Dr. Jaffe explains some of the biological and environmental components to addiction and how you can alter them for the better.
[38:53] The importance of forming your tribe and learning how to create a positive-oriented bias.
[44:11] Dr. Jaffe gives an example from his own life on how you are in charge of your own mood bias.
[49:26] Dr. Jaffe shares an important message to listeners struggling with addiction/addiction-like issues.
[52:54] Dr. Adi Jaffe’s key performance indicators!
[58:58] Where to learn more about the important work that Dr. Adi Jaffe is doing!
Mentioned in This Episode:
The Abstinence Myth, by Dr. Adi Jaffe (Get your free book — just pay shipping!)
IGNTD Hero Nohab Reset Program Scholarships Application (Enter for a chance to win a scholarship to the IGNTD recovery program!)
More About Dr. Adi Jaffe
Adi Jaffe, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction, relationships, and shame. He was a UCLA lecturer in the Psychology department at UCLA for the better part of a decade and was the Executive-Director and Co-Founder of one of the most progressive mental health treatment facilities in the country until he started IGNTD.
Dr. Jaffe’s work and research focus on changing the way Americans think about and deal with mental health issues. He is passionate about the role of shame in destroying lives and aims to greatly reduce the stigma of mental health in this country. In this context, Dr. Jaffe has used his personal experience as an incredibly effective inspirational and motivational tool.
To learn more, visit: AdiJaffe.com/Bio
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