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

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Overview

A comprehensive overview of the neurobiology behind addictions.
Neuroscience is clarifying the causes of compulsive alcohol and drug use––while also shedding light on what addiction is, what it is not, and how it can best be treated––in exciting and innovative ways. Current neurobiological research complements and enhances the approaches to addiction traditionally taken in social work and psychology. However, this important research is generally not presented in a forthright, jargon-free way that clearly illustrates its relevance to addiction professionals.The Science of Addiction presents a comprehensive overview of the roles that brain function and genetics play in addiction. It explains in an easy-to-understand way changes in the terminology and characterization of addiction that are emerging based upon new neurobiological research. The author 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
Erickson discusses current and emerging treatments for chemical dependence, and how neuroscience helps us understand the way they work. The intent is to encourage an understanding of the body-mind connection. The busy clinical practitioner will find the chapter on how to read and interpret new research findings on the neurobiological basis of addiction useful and illuminating.
This book will help the almost 21.6 million Americans, and millions more worldwide, who abuse or are dependent on drugs by teaching their caregivers (or them) about the latest addiction science research. It is also intended to help addiction professionals understand the foundations and applications of neuroscience, so that they will be able to better empathize with their patients and apply the science to principles of treatment.

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Editorial Reviews

Counselor
“Erickson clearly has done his homework. [It] is a welcome contribution to the field as a result of his diligence.”— Bruce Ripley
Addicition
“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: 404,338
  • 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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