The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction

The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction

Dirk Hanson

Language: English

Pages: 472

ISBN: 1439212996

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


--Winner of a 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Health/Medicine/Nutrition Category.

--Winner of the 2012 College on Problems of Drug Dependence/NIDA Media Award

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paradoxically, as depression responds, the first thing to change—before the despair and hopelessness that make the sufferer conclude she should end her life—may be her energy, motivation and confidence to carry out a suicide plan. It is an old chestnut in psychiatric training to watch for this problem, a skill that has fallen by the wayside with modern prescribing practices. At this writing, British and American studies have shown a slight statistical increase in suicidal thoughts among

thought it was part of a conspiracy to bring in smokable speed, and hook everybody on a more addicting substance.” Jamaica also became submerged in its own version of crack and glass hell. Visitors to Jamaica say crack and speed have replaced marijuana as drugs of choice in parts of the country, causing subsequent social and behavioral disruptions that were not previously in evidence. From the harm reduction point of view, these are matters to consider whenever state and federal governments

been instructed to view the issue as a public health problem. Heroin addicts are tolerated, but steered in the direction of treatment. By some accounts, 75 per cent of Dutch heroin addicts are involved in one treatment program or another. Local officials complain that some of their drug problem can be traced to a flood of young people coming in from other countries where stricter drug laws are in force. Endless rounds of debate have been devoted to the potential economic and legal consequences

cost. In 1908, Putnam’s magazine reported that there were 40 institutions for the treatment of drug addiction, several of them having treated more than 50,000 patients, and none of them entirely cheap. By 1914, despite more than thirty years of city, state and federal efforts to suppress opium smoking, “the amount smoked per year increased sevenfold—without taking account of smuggled supplies,” according to Edward M. Brecher in his monumental 1972 study for Consumer Reports, Licit and Illicit

alleles related to the production of aldehyde dehydrogenase can protect certain Asian drinkers from active alcoholism, why cannot certain alleles conduce toward this affliction? Perhaps the idea that children emulate their smoking parents is not so much about setting good examples as it is about inherited behavioral tendencies. The panoply of emotions and physical sensations experienced by the addict are very different from the effects experienced by those with only mild addictive propensities.

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