Author Biographies

Richard TaiteAs the CEO and founder of the Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center in Malibu, California, Richard Taite has developed a uniquely successful treatment protocol which includes specific evidence-based interventions based on the Stages of Change behavioral model. Dedicated to helping addicts overcome their addictions so they can lead their best lives, Richard is a hands-on CEO overseeing daily operations.  Richard practices what he preaches with regard to addiction recovery — completing a rigorous schedule of exercise, yoga, meditation, therapy, acupuncture, and self-reflection to maintain his sobriety.  Richard co-authored the book Ending Addiction for Good just prior to his ten-year sober anniversary.  He lives the life he always dreamed of with his wife and daughter in Malibu.

Constance ScharffConstance Scharff has a PhD in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery. She is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center and coauthor with Richard Taite of the Amazon.com #1 bestselling book, Ending Addiction for Good. Dr. Scharff writes for a variety of publications and speaks worldwide to healing professionals on the science and spirituality of addiction recovery –- from the neuroscience of addiction recovery and depression and trauma as related to addiction, to the concepts of vulnerability and hope. She has also traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and North America, learning how to help individuals evoke life-transforming experiences and use those experiences to heal addictions and trauma.