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The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment

Carlton K. Erickson (University of Texas at Austin)



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WW Norton & Co
06 March 2018
Neurology & clinical neurophysiology; Addiction & therapy
Over the past 10 years, neurobiologic and genetic research has provided an increased understanding of what causes drug addiction in the brain's reward pathway. Knowing this leads to a better understanding of how it may be treated and even reversed in those who successfully overcome the disease. This is especially true with addiction's possible precursors of mild to moderate substance use disorders. These latter disorders can usually be treated more easily by less intensive models of treatment that do not require actual brain chemistry re-regulation over time.

In this new edition, there are updated scientific references to support addiction as a medical brain disease, using the prevailing neurobiology, genetics and psychological scientific literature. We now have more psychosocial and medicinal methods for reversing abnormal brain chemistry during drug addiction. There are also more effective intervention, counselling and motivating methods (SBIRT, motivational interviewing) for overcoming resistance to treatment and resistance to change than were able to be discussed when the first edition was published over a decade ago. Here, readers will find a fully-updated glossary of terms, additional abbreviations and updated appendices. These will aid in clarifying the somewhat lengthy and science-based upgrades in our knowledge of neuroscience and genetics research that are so critical in understanding why addiction is such a serious and tough-to-treat disease. Utilising the same easy-to-read language that was a hallmark of the earlier edition, Erickson keeps the science understandable yet comprehensive-appropriate for health professionals as well as lay readers who need and want this critical information.
By:   Carlton K. Erickson (University of Texas at Austin)
Imprint:   WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   755g
ISBN:   9780393712070
ISBN 10:   0393712079
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   06 March 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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).

Reviews for The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment

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

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