Voices of the Afflicted


Reprint requests: Carlton K. Erickson, Ph.D., Parke Davis Centennial Professor, Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, Austin, TX 78712-1074.


Over the past 10 years, I have been privileged to conduct educational forums for audiences containing many recovering alcoholics or otherwise chemically dependent persons. In these forums about the addictive diseases and their treatment and research possibilities, significant interaction with the audience members occurs. During these interactions, certain anecdotal phenomena seem to predominate. The repetitive nature of these reports suggests the need for systematic investigation. As with editorial comments in major medical journals, observed phenomena and unanswered questions from those afflicted can be valuable in the generation of testable hypotheses. Perhaps the ideas presented herein will be useful in the development of future research on alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.