"The book is interesting, offering new perspectives on drug addiction."--Doody's book Review
"People are attracted to drug use for many reasons, chief among them being how various substances affect our feelings and thoughts. This book provides unique descriptions and related research about the subjective effects of both licit and illicit drugs and how certain vary in their risk level for addiction (gender and ethnic differences). I highly recommend Mind-Altering Drugs for professionals in both the research and treatment fields."--G. Alan Marlatt, Professor and Director, Addictive Behaviors Research Center, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
"Dr. Earleywine's latest book on substance abuse provides a provocative perspective on the effects of drugs. Working with a group of experts with varying experimental and philosophical approaches, he has produced an insightful, direct, humorous and highly readable overview of the controversial issue of subjective effects. I recommend the book to all who want to better understand the interactive role of biology, expectations, environmental context, drug type and drug dose on any reported (subjective) drug effect."--Sara Jo Nixon, Professor & Director, Neurocognitive Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky
"This remarkable work takes on the task of categorizing subjective experiences of drug use. These drugs include not only illicit drugs but also alcohol, cigarettes, and even antidepressants, as well as non-drug experiences, such as biofeedback. In their efforts to categorize these experiences, a distinguished array of contributors endeavors to understand gender, personality, contextual, and genetic (among other) influences, and the impact of these experiences on use patterns, both positive and negative. In a field that often leaves out the crucial human dimension to drug use and abuse, Mind-Altering Drugs takes the field one level higher. Any work on human responses to drug use will, from this point on, have to stand on the back of this monumental work."--Stanton Peele, Author of Love and Addiction, The Meaning of Addiction, and 7 Tools to Beat Addiction.
"Understanding the effects of drugs on subjective experience is essential for discovering why people choose to use drugs. This is not a new idea, but has proven to ben an elusive concept to study. Earleywine has assembled a group of first-rate scientists whose own research informs many of the chapters. The volume provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, and readable account of what is known about subjective drug effects (both positive and negative), and thus is a valuable guide for researchers and clinicians. The chapters allow the evidence to dictate conclusions and not the other way around, as is often the case in the controversial domains of drug research and policy. What emerges is a complex pattern of effects that help explain both the allure and the hazards of drug use."--Michael Sayette, Professor of Psychology and Director, Alcohol and Smoking Research Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh
"Comprehensive and updated discussions critically evaluate the psychological experiences promoting habitual alcohol and drug consumption. Individual vulnerability characteristics and neuropharmacological mechanisms are jointly discussed to answer the age-old question regarding why chemicals originally discovered or developed for therapeutic value are voluntarily used and abused for their subjective effects. This is an excellent compendium of this key facet of etiology."--Ralph E. Tarter, Director, Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research, and Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
"...the book is well written and informative...This volume will appeal to and be received well by researchers, clinicians, and interested students and professionals. It makes a nice contribution to our growing knowledge about the effects of mind-altering drugs."--PsycCRITIQUES
"...I would recommend this book to those involved in research or clinical work with mind-altering substances."--Drug and Alcohol Review