The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment / Edition 1

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In The Science of Addiction, Carlton K. Erickson presents a comprehensive overview of the roles that brain function and genetics play in addiction. He explains changes in the terminology and characterization of addiction that are emerging based upon new neurobiological findings, thus making the reader aware of the most current research. The basic tenets of neuroscience are explained as well. Erickson goes on to describe the neuroanatomy and function of brain reward sites, and the genetics of alcohol and other drug dependence. Chapters on the basic pharmacology of stimulants and depressants, alcohol, and other drugs illustrate the specific and unique ways in which the brain and the central nervous system interact with, and are affected by, each of these substances. The material in The Science of Addiction is intended to add to and strengthen the therapeutic approach to addiction.

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Editorial Reviews

“Erickson clearly has done his homework. [It] is a welcome contribution to the field as a result of his diligence.”— Bruce Ripley
“Recommended unreservedly....It is easy to read, informative and comprehensive.”— Falk Kiefer
The Bookwatch
“Any collection strong in health science needs this.”
Journal of the American Medical Association
“I recommend this excellent book as a ‘must-read’ for any medical student, physician, or other allied health professional dedicated to the care of their patients with the treatable disease of addiction.”
Bruce Ripley - Counselor
“Erickson clearly has done his homework. [It] is a welcome contribution to the field as a result of his diligence.”
Falk Kiefer - Addicition
“Recommended unreservedly....It is easy to read, informative and comprehensive.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393704631
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Series: Norton Professional Bks.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 193,469
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Terminology and Characterization of "Addiction"     1
Basics of Brain Science     32
Anatomy and Neurobiology of Chemical Dependence     50
The Genetics of Chemical Dependence     74
Stimulants and Depressants     92
Alcohol     113
Other Drugs     132
Dependence Disease Treatment     150
The Power and Limitations of Addiction Research     183
Evidence-Based Research for the Future     199
Alcohol Concepts Affecting Neurobiology and Treatment     215
Drug Concepts Affecting Neurobiology and Treatment     227
Glossary     241
References     253
Index     277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Thorough, Understandable and Informative

    Finally a book that explains the addiction process in an easily understandable work. I find this book very informative, understandable and extremely helpful in preparation of group presentations on addiction.

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