As a research scientist, pharmacologist and addiction science educator, Carlton Erickson, PhD, has studied the disease characteristics of addiction for five decades. His body of research is culminated in the second edition of The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment, a go-to text for counselors, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers and anyone who wants to understand the neuroscience behind addiction: what it is, what it is not and how it can be best treated. A professor emeritus of pharmacology/toxicology and director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, Erickson has been instrumental in expanding the core curriculum for all pharmacy students to include the science of addiction. More recently, Erickson has taken his commitment to educate pharmacy students about the disease of addiction to a new level. He and his wife, Eunice—a pharmacist—underwrite two fellowships annually for pharmacy students to participate in Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS) program. "Twenty-five years ago, I spent a week in the Professionals in Residence program at the Betty Ford Center, and it changed my life," Erickson recounts. "In particular, my conversations with patients provided tremendous insight into the treatment process and what it takes to overcome a severe substance use disorder," he shares. Likewise, Erickson sees participation in the SIMS program as a life-changing opportunity for pharmacy students. "Not only does the program expand the students' knowledge base, the experience changes their attitudes about the disease of addiction," he observes. "Students are deeply moved and inspired by the patients they meet, and leave the program wanting to be a part of the solution in addressing this disease." In fact, two pharmacy students who took part in SIMS have decided to make addiction medicine their life's work, Erickson reports. It's one more reason the Ericksons hold tremendous hope for the future of addiction science. "We are getting closer to the day when we will be able to track how addiction changes brain chemistry at the genetic and cellular level and, with that knowledge, develop precision medications to augment the treatment and recovery process." GIVING We invite you to learn more about how the power of your giving supports addiction education and awareness. Please call 1-888-535-9485 or email us at Giving@HazeldenBettyFord.org or visit HazeldenBettyFord.org/Donate to learn more.