A3 Academy Intro Workshop – Level 1&2

Here at All About Addiction (A3), we take the issue of compulsive behaviors – addiction, anxiety, eating, sex, gambling, working, and more – very seriously. We believe that they are all related to one another and we’ve developed a treatment system that aims to quickly introduce clients to a number of tools that can help them make a difference in their lives quickly.

We’re going to hold an introductory workshop, one that addresses the issues, introduces everyone to the A3 Academy system, and takes you through levels 1-2 (of our 10-level system) all in a five hour workshop. See here for tickets – A3 Academy Tickets – for now, only those of you in Los Angeles will be able to attend, but in the future, to make sure we can help addicts everywhere, we’ll bring live streams back.

We’re going to keep the groups small, no more than 10 people per session, and there’s no long term commitment unlike with other treatment options. Anyone can attend this workshop – people struggling with compulsive behavior or addiction themselves, family members of loved ones who are struggling, or even those of you who are just interested and want to hear more.

We won’t make you label yourself (addict, ex-addict, whatever) and we won’t be asking you to commit to anything more than those 5 precious Saturday hours. We’re so sure that people will enjoy the workshop that we’ll offer you a money back guarantee – attend and feel like you got nothing? We’ll refund your money, no questions asked.

We’re looking forward to seeing you and helping you become the best you possible.

A3 Verified – Matrix Institute on Addictions

A3 is doing its RehabFinder work this month and we have a brand new and exciting addition to our Verification roster – The West Los Angeles clinic of the Matrix Institute on Addictions (they can be reached at 310-935-1322). We’ve already featured one of the amazing founders of Matrix, Ms. Jeanne Obert, but during these past few weeks, we’ve gotten to have a more in depth look under the hood…

Matrix Institute on Addictions – Research based outpatient treatment

The Matrix Institute’s treatment protocol, manual, and method, were developed under a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which we have mentioned many times in our writing on All About Addiction. Research  using the Matrix Institute manual has shown it to be successful enough that SAMHSA lists it on it National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a prestigious list of effective treatment approaches.

The Matrix Institute on AddictionsMatrix Institute is nationally and internationally recognized for its structured, outpatient treatments and research-supported elements and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Matrix Institute is also a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). One of the best things about the Matrix Institute addiction treatment program is that they accept almost all insurance carriers and have an amazingly affordable cost of treatment of only $1,900 per month! For a treatment program with such a track record, these are amazing statistics.

The Matrix Institute and ongoing training and research

Matrix Institute is absolutely one of the leaders in the field of addiction treatment when it comes to working with researchers to  find new, effective treatments for substance abuse.  Research at Matrix has helped in the development of new treatments that keep patients in treatment longer, and help them have greater success.  Some of the research we have participated in has resulted in new medications for alcohol dependence, (Campral and Revia) and opioid dependence (Suboxone or Buprenorphine).

Currently, Matrix is working with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to find a medication to help people with methamphetamine dependence.

The Matrix Model has been developed, refined and evaluated through research over the past 25 years. This is why All About Addiction (A3) is proud to stand together with The Matrix Institute on Addictions in improving the kind of addiction treatment available by making standardized, affordable treatment a reality.

(Disclosure – Dr. Jaffe is a group facilitator and educator at the Matrix Institute in West Los Angeles)

A3 Academy: Low-cost but high-value addiction help!

The A3 Academy will be taking place again this upcoming Tursday- September 29th, 2011 – In West Los Angeles (2001 Barrington Ave., Suite 204)

The topic for this week – This week we will have a process group so come ready to share with everyone in a safe, supportive environment!

Cost – The cost for the class is $30.

Who should come to the A3 Academy?

Education is important in addiction as in any other fieldThe A3 Academy is specifically formulated to fill the void between doing nothing about addiction and formal addiction treatment.

If you’re wondering whether you’re addicted or if know for sure you are but aren’t sure what to do about it, the A3 Academy is for you. If a loved one close to you is suffering with addiction and you don’t know what to do about it and want to talk, learn about options, or just listen to others, the A3 Academy can offer you the addiction help you need. If you’re an addiction professional who wants to learn more about the newest advances in addiction research, come to the A3 Academy. If you’re an addict in recovery post-treatment and just want an informal place for your recovery booster-shot, come to us.

Dr. Jaffe giving one of his talks at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in West Los AngelesDr. Jaffe is going to use the A3 Academy to offer addiction help of all kinds – educational groups, informational sessions, process groups, life planning, mindfulness, nutrition, expert consultation with leading addiction experts from the Los Angeles area and beyond. If it has to do with addiction, we’ll probably cover it.

And Dr. Jaffe is a great speaker – if you’ve never attended one of his lectures, you’ll be sure to enjoy these as he gets to let loose with his knowledge, experience, and passion!

Addiction education is one of the main keys to improving addiction treatment, reducing addiction stigma, and helping those unsure about their own issues around addiction.

For tickets – go HERE or email us at academy@allaboutaddiction.com.


We’re looking forward to seeing you!

The A3 team!

Watch the A3 Academy Class right here:

Beyond my addiction: Allowing myself to be proud of my achievements

This is a more personal post than I’m used to writing, but I think the thoughts in it are shared by many addicts, so I’d like to share it. I originally posted it on my personal blog:

It’s sad, but for the most part, I focus on the things I haven’t yet done and not on what I’ve already accomplished.

When I think about it for a few seconds, it’s staggering just how much I’ve managed to do in my 32 years here:

  • I spent my first 14 years having a wonderful childhood
  • I only let my obsessions during those years take over sometimes
  • I moved to a new country and made myself at home again
  • I dug myself out of a severe depression episode
  • I made it through college somehow in a haze of drinking and drug use
  • I moved myself out to Los Angeles without knowing a soul and made a life there
  • I’ve run a recording studio, a record label, and made my own music
  • I’ve DJ’d and put out two records
  • I’ve broken my leg and learned how to walk again
  • I held my head high through a brutal court case
  • I made my way through rehab, overcoming my addiction to crystal meth
  • I made it through months in jail
  • I’ve managed to stay drug free since those two events
  • I’ve gotten myself back into school
  • I received two Master’s degrees with endless honors and awards
  • I’m steps away from finishing my PhD
  • I’ve secured a book deal to publish my memoir/lessons from addiction (still struggling with the writing of that one)
  • I’ve published more than 10 articles, 2 book chapters, and given dozens of presentations at national and international addiction conferences
  • I found the love of my life and am working hard to make my damaged ego last through a real relationship

I often take these things for granted, but it’s good to write them down. It lets me know just how grateful I should be for even being here, let alone standing upright and proud.

I’m lucky.