Adam Bisaga, MD, is an addiction psychiatrist, educator, and clinician. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where for the past 20 years he has been conducting research to develop new medications that treat substance-use disorders. For many years, Dr. Bisaga has served as an UN expert panel member; recently, he edited the UN/WHO International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders. Dr. Bisaga has testified in congress on combating the opioid epidemic. He lives outside NYC.Karen Chernyaev is a published author with more than 20 years of editorial experience. She is the former editorial director of Sunrise River Press, where she acquired and edited books on mental health, nutrition, and exercise, among other topics.
"[This] practical guide details how "the medical model" is the only evidence-based method that can effectively help overcome opioid addiction."--Library Journal, starred review
"Outlines a commonsense solution to opioid dependency . . . a worthy read in a time when the stakes of opioid addiction are high."--Booklist "A valuable resource for undergraduates and the lay public. Highly recommended."--Choice "A desperately needed, science-based solution to the nation's worst-ever drug crisis."--Herbert D. Kleber, MD, founder of Drug Dependence Unit, Yale University, and Division of Substance Abuse, Columbia University "A must-read. Compassionate, readable, and scientifically sound, this is the first book I've seen that covers opioid addiction comprehensively and accurately. Dr. Bisaga masterfully reviews what caused the epidemic, the latest research on how to treat opioid use disorders, and how families and loved ones can effectively support those who are suffering. In the chaotic confusion in the media and elsewhere about how to solve this crisis, Overcoming Opioid Addiction presents both a clear path forward and the evidence to support it."--Omar Manejwala, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Catasys, and author of Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough "Overcoming Opioid Addiction is an accessible, practical, comprehensive guide for health care providers, patients, and families. A great go-to source of information on all things opioids--I'm recommending it to my patients!"--Anna Lembke, MD, Chief of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and author of Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop "Overcoming Opioid Addiction is the definitive, science-based guide to treating opioid use disorder. Those suffering from this life-threatening illness, their families, and clinicians seeking a primer will find it indispensable."--Christopher B. Smithers, Director of #StoptheSpiral, a project of the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation and Columbia University Medical Center "A consequential, long-overdue look at opioid addiction and treatment. An important read for anyone who treats opioid addiction and anyone who loves a person addicted to opioids."--Harry Haroutunian, MD, Recovery and Wellness Network and former physician director, Betty Ford Center "Dr. Adam Bisaga brings the insight and perspective developed as a practicing physician treating opioid addicted patients to the fight against this disease. A necessary guide for all people involved in this epidemic--families, individuals battling addiction, therapists, and all of us grappling with opioid use disorder--Overcoming Opioid Addiction provides science-based solutions and hope for recovery."--Erica Spiegelman, author of Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery "In this clear-headed guide for everyone affected by the opioid crisis, Dr. Adam Bisaga moves opioid treatment in a new and necessary direction. Here is a much-needed new paradigm that will be invaluable to families of opioid-addicted patients."--Robert J. Meyers, PhD, Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychology, University of New Mexico, and director of Robert J. Meyers PhD & Associates