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Top L.A. Addiction Experts Assert That an Abstinence-Only Approach to Addiction Keeps 85% of Addicts From Seeking Treatment
Date:6/19/2013

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) June 19, 2013

Alternatives, a revolutionary new treatment facility located in Beverly Hills, permits some patients to quit using drugs while allowing them to continue drinking alcohol. Drs. Marc Kern and Adi Jaffe, the founders of Alternatives, believe that abstinence-only approaches force people to wait until they “hit Bottom” before they enter treatment and that this approach hurts instead of helping. It is estimated that 22 million people in the United States need treatment for addiction but only 3 million seek it.

“Imagine if every time you went to any Dr. complaining of pain in your leg the only solution offered was immediate and complete amputation” Said Dr. Jaffe. “How long would most people wait before being willing to take such a drastic measure? That is the choice we force every person who experiences drug, alcohol, or compulsive behaviors make and it isn’t helping,” he continued.

Dr. Jaffe asserts that a mind blowing 85% of people who are dealing with addiction issues never seek help and that this problem is coupled with a very low (5%-25%) success rate for the 10% who actually do enter treatment. Moreover, both doctors argue (and studies illustrate) that stigma, negative attitudes about treatment, and not wanting to completely quit are some of the main reasons people don't seek out treatment.

Because of these dismal statistics, Drs. Jaffe and Kern have teamed up to create a structured outpatient program that is evidence-based and data driven while also removing barriers to treatment. Their goal is to offer solutions that would make more people seek help EVEN if it's not the help that society would initially choose for them.

The Alternatives program is the only program in the Los Angeles area that does not assume that everyone who drinks too much is a chronic alcoholic or addict and offers the choice of abstinence or moderation goals for clients. T
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