In 1964, herb van gall became a young physician. He served in the American public health department prison hospital in the city of Texas. At the time, he witnessed the failure of the prevailing moral concept in solving the drug problem - the use of drugs as a social aberration, or punishment of drug addicts, or attempts to change their behavior through "work therapy" or other unsuccessful ways. Nine out of ten patients relapse within three months after community re-entry. Herb is well aware of the need for a science on addiction to replace prejudice and ignorance of the past and to inform more treatments with compassionate and psychiatric knowledge.
Although he plans to pursue a more standard psychiatry career after returning to Yale in 1966, friends, colleagues and strangers who seek help from addictive patients or children turn to him as an addictive expert, and he realizes that he needs to continue the work he started in Lexington. In New haven, he advocated and implemented community treatment despite opposition from many colleagues and rehabilitation circles, and used methadone for opioid addicts. He was also one of the pioneers in the treatment of opioid addiction with naltrexone, an opioid antagonist. These drugs are still two pillars of effective opioid addiction treatment.
In 1989, herb was invited to serve as deputy director of the first White House National Drug Control Policy Office (ONDCP). He used his position to help develop expanded drugs.educationThe policy of prevention and treatment. NIDA, for example, came under fire from the Reagan administration for supporting methadone treatment, so ONDCP published a white paper that scientifically supported the use of methadone to treat addiction, winning the legitimacy of a still widespread approach to replacing old addiction, both in Washington and in the wider world. Herb and his ONDCP colleagues have also expanded the range of two of the most important sources of data used by epidemiologists in our field.
Although Herb has made countless scientific and policy achievements in his career, he told addiction historian William White (William White), that his main contribution was his spiritual legacy-a younger generation of researchers inherited his work and enthusiasm. Everyone in the field of addiction was moved by his wisdom, generosity and warmth. Like many people who know him, I will miss not only his valuable advice, but also his generous friendship.