How do you find out about addiction? If you are a kid, you usually hear about drugs from other kids. They don’t know much, because they have just started using drugs, or haven’t used them. Parents tend to know little about what is going on at school, and what knowledge they have tends to be a generation out of date.
Addiction and drug use is actually a complicated area of knowledge. Addiction can be psychological, brain changes are absolutely biological, and drug use occurs in a certain social context. Books for teens tend to be written by novelists with variable knowledge of the topic.
No one has ever written a book like this. Dr. Johnson grew up with addicted parents. He taught at Harvard Medical School for 30 years and is now Director of Addiction Psychiatry for the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. He has treated 15,000 patients during detoxification. He has treated a number of addicted patients in 4-days-per-week psychoanalysis, including while they were drinking or injecting drugs. Dr. Johnson has had extensive dealings with members of the drug culture and the recovery culture.
Widespread Zombification has 21st-century neuroscience, psychoanalysis, and social commentary packaged as a page-turner; all written at a sixth-grade reading level.
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About the Author
Brian Johnson, M.D., has been Director of Addiction Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, since 2008. He taught about addiction at Harvard Medical School for 30 years before moving to Upstate. Dr. Johnson received his B.S. in 1972 from the Columbia University School of Engineering, New York City, and his M.D. in 1976 from the New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. After completing his internship at Harlem Hospital, New York City, his did residencies in medicine at Metropolitan Hospital, New York City, and in psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Massachusetts, as well as psychoanalytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. He is certified in Addiction Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology, and Addiction Psychiatry. He has published extensively in scientific and medical journals about addiction, psychiatry, neuropsychoanalysis, and the effects of various drugs.