Alternatives Addiction Treatment Philosophy
Alternatives Behavioral Health, LLC adopts a truly revolutionary approach to outpatient alcoholism and addiction treatment. Rather than viewing sobriety as the sole alternative to addiction, Alternatives empowers clients to healthily manage alcohol use. Alternative’s Bio-Affective Management system provides clients with addiction education and guides individuals to produce evidence-based strategies for balanced lifestyle choices. Alternatives works with clients to address the relationship between emotions and self-destructive behaviors while providing evidence-based techniques to improve life skills and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Meet the Staff
Marc Kern, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Director of Clinical Services
In 1982, Dr. Marc Kern received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In 1983 he founded Addiction Alternatives as a private practice in Los Angeles, California, to provide clients with non-12-step addiction treatment alternatives. Dr. Kern regularly speaks at national and international professional conferences, conventions and workshops. He is on the Board of Directors for the self-help program, Moderation Management. Previously, he was on the Board of Directors of SMART Recovery and a member of the original board of Rational Recovery.
Adi Jaffe, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Dr. Jaffe received his Ph.D. from UCLA. Dr. Jaffe’s name 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 several television shows and documentaries discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole. Dr. Jaffe also teaches courses at UCLA and the California State University in Long Beach that address addiction specifically or biological psychology and behavioral neuroscience more generally.
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ABOUT ALTERNATIVES ADDICTION TREATMENT
Alternatives Addiction Treatment, in Los Angeles, Calif., provides outpatient treatment for individuals dealing with substance abuse. Treatment is not 12-Steps based and emphasizes the company’s moderation management program. The facility offers services to direct clients toward abstinence or moderation. Detoxification is not offered on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The center begins treatment with an assessment. Alternatives Addiction Treatment emphasizes moderation management to decrease drinking and promote healthy lifestyle changes. According to its website, Alternatives Addiction also promotes the “Harm Reduction Movement,” managing substance abuse not with abstinence, but with a “range of options for improvements.”
12-Step and abstinence-based programming are not included in treatment. Alternatives Addiction uses SMART Recovery a recovery group focused on addiction and addictive behaviors.
The facility also promotes Soberlink, a portable breathalyzer to monitor alcohol consumption.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
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The facility’s website states that staff includes psychologists.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni submitting reviews to Rehabs.com gave perfect five-star ratings for treatment effectiveness and gave positive commentary about Alternatives Addiction Treatment. Brandy complemented “kind” staff and recovery tools. “A real find! One of a kind state of the art addiction treatment,” they wrote. John told Rehabs.com that he had a “great experience. “The tools learned helped me when I relapsed to quit again,” he wrote. Commenter S.J. called the program “advanced.” “I did a lot of research and this was the only place that addressed the biological issues like genetics and fitness/nutrition in addition to brain function and talk therapy,” they lauded.
Nine reviewers gave perfect five-star ratings on the center’s Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage. “If you dislike abstinence and AA and still want to learn how to drink safely this is the place for you,” wrote M.R.  Similarly, three reviewers gave perfect five-star ratings on Google. 
WHAT STAFF SAY
The sole staff member polled by Rehabs.com gave perfect five out of five star ratings to eight out of fifteen evaluated categories. The anonymous reviewer noted that while “some treatment options are limited,” a strength of the facility was the “long term staff” with “little overturn.” The staff member indicated that they’d recommend the facility, despite giving treatment effectiveness and accommodations two stars.
Alternatives Addiction Treatment accepts donations but does not publish financial details online.
Published on October 2017
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