What I am reading and why you will like the book


Foundations In Behavioral Pharmacology: An Introduction To The Neuroscience Of Drug Addiction And Mental Disorders

By Mark Stanford, PhD

This book is an educational read for clinicians and people with loved ones suffering from Alcohol or other drug addiction/issues with substances as well as clients themselves. Many different views and publications about alcohol and other drug addiction have been and will continued to be published. This one differentiates itself from the wide berth of options by being easy to read, interesting and offering new information to the seasoned clinician and new practitioner alike.

Do you:

  • Want to know why THC (marijuana) is disruptive to one’s life and what happens in the brain when it is smoked for extended periods of time?
  • Want to know the differences between opiate and other drug addictions and the different challenges in treating different drugs of addiction?
  • Want to understand how the brain changes when a person uses addictive substances?
  • Wonder why the compulsive behavior of addiction is so difficult to control once a person becomes dependent on a substance?
  • Want to know why some drugs carry habit forming properties and others do not? (No one was ever arrested for taking too much aspirin)…
  • Care to learn about medication based treatments that have substantial research showing success in treating alcohol and other drug addictions?

Then this book is for you.

Very often books on chemical dependency either become way too technical for the average reader or too simplistic to give the reader a well informed understanding of what is happening when a substance stands in the way of a person’s sanity.

This book uses clear language that informs the reader of new treatment options and what is changing in the field of addiction due to advances in our understanding of Neuroscience.
Mark Stanford, PhD has worked in the field of addiction medicine for over 30 years. He teaches, lectures and has donated his time to educate his colleagues all while running the addiction medicine clinic for the County of Santa Clara.
This clinic is on the leading edge of medication and non-medication based treatment for opiate and other drug addiction.
Dr. Stanford continues to motivate his team while focusing on how to best serve the County client population.