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Tying up every loose end – Keeping my head above water

You may have noticed (or maybe not) that I’ve been slacking a little on the writing end of All About Addiction (A3). I love my readers and so I wanted to make sure that you were all in on everything that’s going on so that you don’t feel left out (my wife taught me that!). Now that All About Addiction has expanded beyond the blog that started it all out to include the new Rehab-Finder and everything else the website offers now (like the Resource Page), it takes a lot more work to keep everything moving along, and unfortunately, I can’t afford any help yet so it’s just me and my undergrad crew! Still, when I started this website a few years ago to help those who wanted the most recent scientific information about addiction have easy access to it, I never could have imagined it going this far.

Also, since I’m now officially about one week away from my dissertation defense date (woohoo!!!) the work in that arena is getting more and more focused, which leaves less and less time to focus on other thing. Still, it’s hard for me to express how excited I am to bring the last 7 years of exploration to a close and get started on Phase 2 (or is Phase 15…). I’m guessing that I’ll likely post excerpts from the thesis itself here on A3, as well as probably on WePapers, which is a site my dad helped start that allows people in education to share knowledge (pretty cool!). Speaking of my dad, I really wish he’d made it another 6 months to meet my boy Kai and get to see me finish this Ph.D. thing – I know how much he would have appreciated both. Losing him has definitely given me a better idea of the downside to not believing in reincarnation, life-after-death, and all that other wonderfully optimistic stuff. But I digress.

So between the website expansion, the birth of my son, my dissertation, and that thing we all call sleep I’ve been pretty much maxed out, which explains the serious drop in new content. I promise that once I am officially Dr. Jaffe I’ll have more time to focus on bringing you the kind of groundbreaking addiction-science coverage you’ve come to rely on.

Oh, and if you’re really hungry for more, make sure to check out the piece about A3 (and me) in the UCLA newsroom as well as the upcoming piece in the UCLA paper (the Daily Bruin) about addiction that will feature me in it too. Between those two pieces and the LA Times and Boston Globe pieces I’ve been interviewed for in the past few months, it seems at least someone is paying attention to all the work that has gone into All About Addiction for the past 3 years or so.

For that, my son, my wife, and everything else that’s good – I’m grateful.



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