Alan R. Mack Speaker Series presents
with TEDx speaker and Addiction Expert
Adi Jaffe, PhD
Thursday, March 15, 2018
7 - 8:30 pm
Cooper Creek Event Center
4040 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45241
Learn a new way to help people with addiction.
Substance use and addiction have been problematic in the U.S. for many decades, and endless efforts to curb them have been largely unsuccessful. Dr. Adi Jaffe, a renowned addiction expert and TEDx speaker, makes the assertion that the stigma associated with substance abuse and addiction - and our approach to drug use - is exacerbating, rather than alleviating, the problem. Join us as Dr. Jaffe will share stories, research, and personal anecdotes that offer an alternative route forward to help alleviate the problem.
CINCINNATI FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Why is AA’s 12-step program still being mandated as the standard treatment for a DUI or public intoxication?
How successful in the long run are group rehab treatment centers for drug addictions?
What expectations make it difficult for addicts to successfully rehabilitate?
Are all addictions the same?
The community is invited to learn about a different approach to helping people with addictions when Jewish Family Service presents the FREE seminar Addiction: Shedding the Shame and Stigma with renowned addiction expert and TEDx speaker Adi Jaffe, PhD. This program, part of the agency’s Alan R. Mack Speaker Series, takes place 7- 8:30 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Cooper Creek Event Center, 4040 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45241. Register online now.
Dr. Jaffe is coming to Cincinnati to share stories, research, and personal anecdotes that offer an alternative route forward to help alleviate the problem of substance abuse and addiction, a pervasive matter that continues to rise in the U.S.
“We need to get back to looking at and treating the individual without the expectations that hinder success. I am offering a much more evidence-based and compassionate option,” he says.
According to Dr. Jaffe, the issue of addiction is only getting worse and treatment engagement is extremely poor, leaving many hopeless in the face of disaster.
“A misconception is that addictions are almost impossible to overcome, or that all addictions are the same. If you fail one rehab with one version of treatment, it doesn't mean you can't get better," says Dr. Jaffe. He believes that different treatment methods work for different people and that addiction treatment shouldn’t be a “one size fits all” approach. “What may work for some, will not always work for others.”
For example, he shares that AA’s 12 step program may work and it has its place, but it should no longer be the standard treatment for a DUI or public intoxication. “They are only meant for people who personally select that treatment. Our job is not to mandate, but find what works for them - that helps them for life.”
He says that even in the cases of opioid addiction that may be biological and physical, there is a psychological aspect of its treatment that applies to other addictions including sex, food, and gambling.
Dr. Jaffe, who is dedicated to educating members of the public about substance abuse and addiction, will introduce new solutions and bring the latest knowledge about addiction to the people who could benefit from it most – those who are suffering because of it. He is passionate about reducing the role of shame in destroying lives, and aims to greatly reduce the stigma of mental health in this country.
“I’ve had my own experiences with drug abuse and addiction, so my work is influenced by my personal life,” says Dr. Jaffe. “Aside from my own experiences, I’ve seen literally hundreds of addicts and users through years of drug use. I hope to serve as a source of inspiration for struggling addicts who aren’t certain that they can still make something of their lives after all the devastation; I’ve been on both sides and I can assure you that it’s possible!”
Dr. Jaffe lectures in the Psychology department at UCLA and is the President and Co-Founder of IGNTD, a company focused on alleviating suffering and inspiring hope. His views on addiction and his research on the topic have been published in dozens of journals and online publications. He also has appeared on numerous television shows and documentaries discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole.
“The drug abuse epidemic in our country, and especially our county, is alarming,” says Debi Varland, Jewish Family Service education manager. “We are excited to bring a nationally recognized expert to Cincinnati to share his exceptional knowledge about addiction with the community, but also the stigma and shame it is often associated with.”
In addition to this free community event, Dr. Jaffe will also lead a 6 CE professional development workshop, “Alternative Approaches to Addiction,” on Friday March 16. Learn more at www.jfscinti.org
Jewish Family Service is a nonprofit social service agency in Cincinnati. Jewish Family Service receives funding in part from the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. It is a member agency of Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies.
Adi Jaffe, PhD is a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction and stigma. He lectures in the Psychology department at UCLA and is the President and Co-Founder of IGNTD, a company focused on alleviating suffering and inspiring hope.
Dr. Jaffe's work and research focus on changing the way Americans think about, and deal with mental health and addiction 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.
Since he received his doctorate from UCLA in 2010, Dr. Jaffe has become known through his online and academic writing. His views on addiction and his research on the topic have been published in dozens of journals and online publications and he has appeared on numerous television shows and documentaries discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole.
Alternative Approaches to Addiction
with Adi Jaffe, PhD
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
Cooper Creek Event Center, Blue Ash, OH
$140 individual, $130 2 or more from same agency if registered together.
$15 late fee after March 7