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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.

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.

Kirkus Reviews​

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…

Publishers Weekly

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.

Booklist, Starred review​

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