Carlton K. Erickson, Ph.D. is a distinguished Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, and an associate editor of the scientific journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. He is the recipient of the Nelson J. Bradley Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).
This book is a must-read both for the addiction professional, and for anyone concerned about America's opioid epidemic. Dr. Erickson draws upon his decades of experience to clearly define misunderstood and misused terms and to simply explain the neurobiological basis underlying the chronic disease of addiction. At the same time, he offers insight, compassion and hope for those helping and those seeking help for substance use disorders.--Mark Mishek, President and CEO, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Can addiction be a disease if it looks like a choice and responds to behavioral treatments? If it's a disease, is the one with it responsible for his behavior? Is it the same as excessive use? Is biology the only lens of relevance? This book answers these questions in a way that's just right for the public, clinicians and scientists, at a time when we really need it.--Richard Saitz MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM, Boston University School of Public Health