Mind-Altering Drugs: The Science of Subjective Experience

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At least one of every three Americans has used an illicit drug. Drugs attract considerable attention in science, legislation, and the media. Nonetheless, many people develop attitudes about drugs and drug users based on limited information. Researchers often find themselves divided into camps based on the drug they study most often, which limits their ability to benefit from important work done on other drugs. As a result, government policies form without a complete understanding of the intoxication experience. ...

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Overview

At least one of every three Americans has used an illicit drug. Drugs attract considerable attention in science, legislation, and the media. Nonetheless, many people develop attitudes about drugs and drug users based on limited information. Researchers often find themselves divided into camps based on the drug they study most often, which limits their ability to benefit from important work done on other drugs. As a result, government policies form without a complete understanding of the intoxication experience. What is the nature of intoxication? At first, this question appears to be simple and straightforward, but upon closer inspection, the dichotomous distinctions between everyday awareness and its alternatives grow fuzzy. An in-depth examination of the subjective effects of drugs and the pursuit of altered states soon leads to age-old questions about free will, heredity, environment, and consciousness. Mind-Altering Drugs is the first book to bring together chapters from leading researchers that present diverse, empirically based insights into the subjective experiences of drugs a nd their links to addictive potential. By avoiding simple depictions of psychoactive chemicals and the people who use them, these recognized experts explain how modern research in many fields reveals a complex interaction between people, situations, and substances. Their work demonstrates that only a multitude of approaches can show the nuances of subjective experience, and that each substance may create a different effect with every administration in each user. Simple references to physiological underpinnings or positive reinforcement fail to explain the diverse responses to drugs. However, research has progressed to reveal broad, repeatable evidence that the subjective effects of substances play an important role in our understanding of drug abuse, and so should inform our decisions about policy.
This thorough and accessible review of the subjective effects of drugs and the dominant theories behind those effects will provide a wealth of information about the experience of intoxication for lay readers, and a road map to studies in other disciples for student and professional researchers.

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Reviewer: Regina Rosa Lopez, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a review of the subjective effects of drugs, the theories behind these effects, and their possible treatment implications. Included is the relevant research in this area.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with a clear sense of the theories and techniques behind the investigations of intoxication and how subjective experiences relate to addictive potential. Interestingly, the book should "help people make educated decisions about drug use" according to the preface. Another objective is to help researchers identify ideal ways to assess a drug's subjective experience. The objectives are worthy, although, I am not sure what is meant by helping people make educated decisions about drug use.
Audience: According to the author, the intended audience is clinicians and researchers. I think the book is elementary for this audience in its treatment of neuropharmacology. The book would probably be manageable for educated people outside of the field.
Features: The book covers the subjective effects of alcohol and illicit and prescription drugs. It details the biological, social, and psychological factors contributing to these effects. In addition, individual differences in the subjective effects are reviewed.
Assessment: The studies are the best feature of the book, because they are not only relevant but interesting to read. The shortcoming is that the biological theories are not adequately covered. The book is interesting, offering new perspectives on drug addiction. With the exception of the biological theories, I found the other theories to be informative.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195165319
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/14/2005
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitch Earleywine is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he teaches drugs and human behavior, substance abuse treatment and clinical research methods. He has received 10 teaching commendations, including the coveted General Education Teaching Award. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1990. His research has been funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as well as the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation. He serves on the editorial boards of three psychology journals, reviews for over a dozen, and has more than fifty publications on drug use and abuse, including Understanding Marijuana (Oxford University Press 2002). He is also Resident Faculty in Parkside International Residential College. He has been quoted in The San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Time, and The Nation. He has also appeared on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" and "Weekend Editon".

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Table of Contents

1 Behavioral theories of choice 3
2 Psychedelic, psychoactive, and addictive drugs and states of consciousness 25
3 Hallucinogens 49
4 Subjective effects of alcohol I 86
5 Subjective effects of alcohol II 135
6 Ethnicity and the subjective effects of alcohol 154
7 Sex and drugs 183
8 Subjective effects of opioids 217
9 Cannabis 240
10 Relationships between personality and acute subjective responses to stimulant drugs 258
11 Subjective effects of methylphenidate 275
12 Subjective effects of nitrous oxide (N[subscript 2]O) 305
13 Corporate highs, corporeal lows 338
14 The subjective response to neurofeedback 345
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