Brian Johnson, MD

Brian Johnson, MD
Appointed 04/01/08
205 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
713 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-3130

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Anesthesiology: Pain Treatment

Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: Cambridge Hospital, 1981, Psychiatry
  • Residency: Metropolitan Hospital Center, 1977, Medicine
  • Internship: Harlem Hospital, 1976
  • MD: New York Medical College, 1976
  • BS: Columbia University, 1972

Research Interests

  • Addictive disease via psychoanalysis of addicted patients Relationship between prescription of potentially addictive drugs by physicians, and addiction in their patients.

Specialties & Certification

  • Psychiatry
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Addiction Psychiatry

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Prescription Drug Abuse


  • Adults and Children


  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Outpatient Detoxification
  • Psychopharmacology

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital

HealthLinkOnAir Radio Interview

8/5/12 New study for failed back surgery syndrome

1/9/11 The risk and benefits of narcotic painkillers

Research Abstract


Ramanathan, S., Panksepp, J., Johnson, B. Is fibromyalgia an endocrine/endorphin deficit disorder? - Is low dose naltrexone a new treatment option? Psychosomatics, April 3, 2012

Johnson, B. Psychoanalytic treatment of psychological addiction to alcohol (alcohol abuse). Frontiers in Psychology 2011;2:article 362

Johnson, B. The Psychoanalysis of a Man With Heroin Dependence; Implications for Neurobiological Theories of Attachment and Drug Craving. Neuropsychoanalysis 2010;12:207-15.

Johnson, B.  A 'neuropsychoanalytic' treatment of a patient with cocaine dependence. Neuropsychoanalysis 2009;11:151-67.

Streltzer, J., Zigler, P., Johnson, B. Cautionary guidelines for the use of opioids in chronic pain, American Journal on Addiction 2009;18:1-4. 

Johnson, B. Just what lies beyond the pleasure principle? Neuropsychoanalysis 2008;10:201-12.

Johnson, B., Bursztajn, H. J., Paul, R., Coletsos, I.  Reducing the risk of addiction to prescribed medications.  Psychiatric Times 2007; 24, #5:35-8.

Johnson, B. Commentary on Simon Boag's "Freudian dream theory, dream bizarreness and the disguise-censor controversy." Neuro-Psychoanalysis 2006; 8:33-40

Jones, D.S., Krotick, S., Johnson, B., Morrison, A.P. Clinical challenge: Waiting for rescue, an attorney who will not advocate for himself. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2005:13;344-56.

Johnson, B. Psychological addiction, physical addiction, addictive character, addictive personality disorder: a new nosology of addiction. Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis 2003;11:135-160.

Johnson, B. A Neuropsychoanalytic approach to addiction. Neuro-Psychoanalysis 2003;5:29-34.

Johnson, B. Drug dreams: a neuropsychoanalytic hypothesis. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 2001;49:75-96.

Longo, L., Parran, T., Johnson, B., Kinsey, W. Addiction: Part 2. Identification and management of the drug-seeking patient. American Family Physician 2000;61:2401-8.

Longo, L., Johnson, B. Addiction: Part 1. Benzodiazepines - side effects, abuse risks and alternatives. American Family Physician 2000;61:2121-8.

Johnson, B. Three perspectives on addiction. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 1999;47:791-815.

Longo, L., Johnson, B. Treatment of insomnia in substance abusing patients. Psychiatric Annals 1998;28:154-9.

Johnson, B., Longo, L. Considerations in the physician's decision to prescribe benzodiazepines to patients with addiction. Psychiatric Annals 1998;28:154-9.

Johnson, B. The mechanism of codependence in the prescription of benzodiazepines to patients with addiction. Psychiatric Annals 1998;28:166-71.

Book Chapter:

"Drugs of Abuse, Sleep and the Quality of Life," in J.C. Verster, S.R. Pandi-Perumal, D.L. Streiner, eds. Sleep and the Quality of Life, Humana Press 2008

"Depression and Addiction," in T.L. Schwartz, T.J. Petersen, eds.  Depression: Treatment Strategies and Management, Second Edition, NY: Taylor & Francis 2009.

 "Drug Abuse, Dreams and Nightmares," in J.C. Verster, K. Brady, M. Galanter, P. Conrad, eds. Drug Abuse and Addiction in Medical Illness, New York:Springer 2012.


Widespread Zombification in the 21st Century and the Wars of the Zombie Masters. Syracuse:Gegensatz Press. 2009. (A neuropsychoanalytic textbook on addiction written at a 6th grade reading level.)


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