Book cover of The Urge: Our History of Addiction by Carl Erik Fisherby Carl Erik Fisher

An authoritative, illuminating, and deeply humane history of addiction—a phenomenon that remains baffling and deeply misunderstood despite having touched countless lives—by an addiction psychiatrist striving to understand his own family and himself

“Carl Erik Fisher’s The Urge is the best-written and most incisive book I’ve read on the history of addiction. In the midst of an overdose crisis that grows worse by the hour and has vexed America for centuries, Fisher has given us the best prescription of all: understanding. He seamlessly blends a gripping historical narrative with memoir that doesn’t self-aggrandize; the result is a full-throated argument against blaming people with substance use disorder. The Urge is a propulsive tour de force that is as healing as it is enjoyable to read.”—Beth Macy, author of Dopesick

Interview with the Author

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Carl Erik Fisher on The History of Addiction
7/15/22            63 min

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Defining and Treating Addiction with Carl Erik Fisher
1/28/22           42 min

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Chasing the Urge: Addiction Throughout History, with Carl Erik Fisher
2/25/22            55 min

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Carl Erik Fisher, “The Urge: Our History of Addiction” (Penguin, 2022)
3/16/22         58 min

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#208 – Dr. Carl Erik Fisher on THE URGE 
1/25/22         62 min

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