FROM THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
Science and Policy for the Twenty-first Century
edited by Jack E. Henningfield, Patricia B. Santora, and Warren K. Bickel
Addiction to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is one of the major public health issues of our time. In the United States, one in five deaths is the result of addictive drug use. This innovative book critically examines drug addiction treatment in the United States. It explores specific challenges (scientific, medical, social, and legal) to reaching the goal that treatment for drug addiction should be as accessible as treatments of diseases of the heart, liver, and lungs that often result from the use of addictive drugs. These essays, written by leaders in addiction science, medicine, and health policy, present diverse and often opposing points of view to foster thought and discussion.
The book consists of three parts. Part I examines the emerging science and theories that underlie the development of specific models for treating addiction to illicit opioids and stimulants, alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. Part II explores the complications raised by the diversity of those with addictions, ranging from pregnant women who use intravenous drugs, young men who abuse methamphetamines, youths who smoke cigarettes, to adults who abuse alcohol to those who smoke marijuana or abuse prescription drugs. Part III provides a detailed analysis of health care, social, and policy issues that challenge our views about addiction and its treatment. It addresses controversial topics such as whether addiction should be considred a disease or a behavior, whether addiction should be handled as a criminal offense or treated as a public health problem, and whether stigmatizing addiction is helpful or not. Throughout the book, compelling examples of addiction art explore the human side of addiction through the lens of visual artists' stunning insights into addiction and recovery.
Addiction Treatment provides a solid foundation for understanding addiction as a treatable illness and for establishing a framework for effective treatment in the twenty-first century.
Jack E. Henningfield is an adjunct professor of behavioral biology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and vice president for research and health policy at Pinney Associates, a consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland, that specializes in science policy and regulatory issues concerning public health, medication development, and treatment of tobacco addiction. Patricia B. Santora is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Warren K. Bickel is Wilbur D. Mills Chair of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Prevention and is the director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences.
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