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A groundbreaking, “timely and well-written” (Booklist, starred review) guide to addiction from a psychiatrist and public health doctor, offering practical, proven solutions for individuals, families, and communities dealing with substance use and abuse.

Written with warmth, accessibility, and vast authority, The Addiction Solution is a practical guide through the world of drug use and abuse and addiction treatment. Here, Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, brings together scientific and clinical knowledge, policy suggestions, and case studies to describe our current drug crisis and establish a clear path forward to recovery and health. In a time when so many people are affected by the addiction epidemic, when 142 people die of overdoses every day in the United States, principally from opioids, Sederer’s decades of wisdom and clinical experience are needed more than ever before.

With a timely focus on opioids, Sederer takes us through the proven essentials of addiction treatment and explains why so many of our current policies, like the lingering remnants of the War on Drugs, fail to help drug users, their families, and their wider communities. He identifies a key insight, often overlooked in popular and professional writing about addiction and its treatment: namely, that people who use drugs do so to meet specific needs, and that drugs may be the best solution those people currently have.

Writing with generosity and empathy about the many Americans who use illicit and prescribed substances, Sederer lays out specific, evidence-based, researched solutions to the prevention and problems of drug use, including exercise, medications, therapy, recovery programs, and community services. “Comprehensive…well-informed and accessible” (Kirkus Reviews), The Addiction Solution provides invaluable help, comfort, and hope.

Face it, we got lucky -- that one of America's premier psychiatrists is also a story-teller of the first rank. And a humorist. And a supremely decent, self-deprecating and deeply-informed witness to a time and place -- New York in the 50s and 60s -- that'll live long beyond us in the human imagination. Walking with Lloyd through the pages of Ink-Stained for Life will make you laugh, and think, and cheer, and deeply feel what gives meaning to life. A page-turning jaunt of joy.

Ron Suskind

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Hope in the Unseen," "The One Percent Doctrine" and "Life, Animated"

Lloyd Sederer’s Ink-Stained for Life offers a precious window into the lived experiences and meaning-making journey of one of New York’s (and beyond) most treasured and impactful psychiatrists. Albert Schweitzer once said, “My Life is My Argument.” Lloyd demonstrates in this beautiful memoir that his life is his argument. Filled with 14 stories from his boyhood, each matched with an essay relating it to our present world, and written with grace and humility, he helps us to see the beauty and adventure that lies in building a life in service to others.

Angela Coombs, MD

Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Columbia and Medical Director of the ONTrackNY-Washington Heights Community Service at the NYS Psychiatric Institute

Rarely do we get to peek into the childhood years of a person who later in life became a friend or a colleague. Here we have a tightly packed account of boyhood experiences that by some unforeseen but delightful happenchance shaped Lloyd Sederer’s future as an eminent psychiatrist, public servant, author and critic. You will find among these inspiring pages the stepping stones that led to his being a catalyst for a better world and, also for many, a damn good friend. 

Msgr. Donald Sakano

Priest of the Archdiocese of New York

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