Addiction Specialist

Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT -  - Psychotherapist

Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT

Psychotherapist located in Encino, CA

Addiction is a lifelong illness that affects your psychological, emotional, social, and physical well-being. Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, is an experienced psychotherapist specializing in addiction treatment, including alcohol, substance abuse, and process addictions such as gambling and sex. At his office in Encino, California, Dr. Jaffe takes a patient-centered approach to therapy, customizing care that best meets your needs. For expert addiction therapy, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Addiction Q&A

What is addiction?

Addiction is an uncontrollable urge or compulsion to use substances or engage in unhealthy activities despite the potential harm they may cause. Addiction is a chronic disease that can affect anyone. 

About 20 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder, an addiction to substances that increase dopamine levels in the brain. These include opioids, alcohol, and nicotine.

Though substance use disorder is common, there are also process addictions, known as behavioral addictions, such as:

  • Gambling
  • Sex
  • Exercise
  • Eating
  • Shoplifting
  • Video gaming

Dr. Jaffe specializes in addiction therapy for both substance use disorder and process addictions. 

What are the symptoms of addiction?

Symptoms of addiction vary. Some people hide their addiction, while others experience severe symptoms such as:

  • Uncontrollable urge to use the substance or engage in harmful activity
  • Intense preoccupation with drug or activity
  • Inability to control the use or negative behaviors
  • The need to use more and more to experience euphoria
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Physical or mental health issues
  • Financial problems

You may be aware of your addiction, but you’re unable to stop despite the effects it has on your personal or professional life. 

What are the treatments for addiction?

There are several treatments available for addiction, and your treatment may depend on your specific dependence. If you have a substance use disorder, you may benefit from detoxification to assist with withdrawal symptoms.

Additional treatments may include medications to ease compulsions, urges, and underlying mental health problems related to your addiction, such as depression or anxiety. 

Therapy is one of the most critical pieces of addiction treatment. Dr. Jaffe is an expert in addiction therapy and can provide the support and tools you need to understand your addiction, gain a new perspective, and develop healthy behaviors. 

What can I expect from addiction therapy?

You can expect patient-centered and compassionate care from Dr. Jaffe when you come in for addiction therapy. During your first session, he lets you do all the talking; he wants to hear your story.

Dr. Jaffe talks to you about your addiction and makes recommendations about the needed areas of focus. He then works with you to develop a treatment plan. Dr. Jaffe takes an individualized approach to addiction therapy, customizing care that best meets your needs. 

Addiction is a disease that requires ongoing medical and mental health care. Call the office of  Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, or schedule an appointment online today.