A groundbreaking examination of addiction from the Chief Medical Officer for the New York State Office of Mental Health, offering practical, proven solutions to substance use and abuse
An exploration of drug addiction and the various treatment options… [The Addiction Solution] provides a lucid foundation for responding to this complex challenge. A well-informed and accessible guide to treating addiction.
For readers interested in understanding current thought on addiction, prevention, and recovery, the book will prove invaluable. Sederer elucidates the complexities of addiction in this scholarly and informative book…
In this timely, well-written look at addiction, Sederer, chief medical officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, zeroes in on the power of substances “to pirate away a life.” He uses statistics to powerful effect; for example, drug overdose deaths (52,404 in 2015) exceed motor vehicle accidents and gunshot wounds as preventable causes of mortality, and sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. were four times greater in 2010 than in 1999. Sederer notes that people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds struggle with addiction to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, but he focuses on opioids—OxyContin, Percodan, Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and fentanyl. Disguising the identities of the patients he profiles, he explains their struggles and offers solutions, including early prevention and effective treatment based on understanding psychological and social reasons for starting and continuing addictive behaviors, not in criminalizing drug abuse or demonizing people. Sederer includes many historical facts, including the fact that the German company, Bayer, invented heroin, which was used to treat children and adults, and he draws on many cultural sources to reveal the complex social and personal factors underlying addiction and encourage empathy.