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Dr. Bankole Johnson Debuts “Six Rings” Trilogy

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

Brain wellness and addiction expert Professor Dr. Bankole Johnson has released the first of his trilogy of books, entitled “Six Rings.” The series is interested in analyzing the complexities of the brain, and how to maintain it in optimum health through compelling narratives that are as engaging as they are educational. The first book is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback and audiobook forms, in both English and Spanish. Link to purchase here.

As a whole, “Six Rings” portrays Johnson’s PREPARE method, an integrated treatment approach to optimizing brain function and treating addiction. The PREPARE method is powerfully organized yet individualized and intimately intertwined to maximize the treatment benefit of each patient. 

In “Six Rings,” Johnson’s vast knowledge of the brain comes to life through allegorical stories that are composites of his past experiences and fictionalized characters, providing insights that aid in the understanding of how psychological and physiological factors affect its health and optimum performance.

In the first book, the reader meets Bastian Jackson, a whip-smart, deeply intuitive doctor with an incisive mind that questions the different mental ailments that assail humans. Bastian wrestles with his own perspectives, working out how this impacts others, and uses it for the benefit of his clients.  It’s a foothold into the process of brain recovery following the excessive use of substances, which unfolds in the second book. Throughout “Six Rings,” illustrations, paintings, and music are used to set the tone for each chapter, and to inject mood and atmosphere into the allegorical stories.

“Six Rings” is an attempt to bridge the gap between an educated lay and professional audience in the understanding of brain wellness, how to maintain it, and the perturbations that can occur with excessive alcohol and substance use. Through engaging storytelling, the books invite the reader, ever deeper, into an understanding of neuroscience, brain wellness, and addictive behaviors. Johnson hopes that readers will enjoy the stories and that they evoke a curiosity to learn more, and above all, understand the rich complexity of optimizing the brain and treating diseases that can afflict it.

About Professor Dr. Bankole Johnson:

Professor Bankole A. Johnson is a licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist in the United States. Professor Johnson graduated in Medicine from Glasgow University in 1982, and trained in Psychiatry at the Royal London, Maudsley, and Bethlem Royal Hospitals. In addition to his medical degree, he obtained a Master of Philosophy degree for his neurobiological research at the University of London and conducted studies in neuropsychopharmacology for his doctoral thesis on the Medical Research Council unit at Oxford University. In 2004, Professor Johnson earned his Doctor of Science degree in Medicine from Glasgow University, the highest degree that can be granted in science by a British university.

Johnson’s primary area of research expertise is on ion channels, neuropsychopharmacology, molecular genetics, mathematics, neuroimaging, and medications for treating addictions. His clinical expertise is in the fields of addiction, forensics, and disability assessment. He holds several U.S. and international patents in pharmacogenetics.

Previously, Johnson was the Dr. Irving J. Taylor Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pharmacology; as well as the head of the Brain Science Consortium Unit at the University of Maryland. He has also been Alumni Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. Additionally, Johnson served on the Council of the National Institute on Drug Addiction from 2004 to 2007 and was part of its External Advisory Board for many years. He was also on the editorial board of The American Journal of Psychiatry, and has over 200 publications himself.

Presently, Johnson is the Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of Privée Clinics, based in Miami, and the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Adial Pharmaceuticals Inc., 1 a NASDAQ-listed company. Professor Dr. Johnson also functions as a Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Larkin University in Miami.

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Story by Katie Whitman , Images courtesy of Dr. Bankole Johnson

1 Comment

As someone who has personally navigated the path of recovery through the 12 steps of AA, I found the themes in his books resonated deeply with my own journey. The process of self-discovery, accountability, and finding a supportive community is crucial in both recovery and personal growth, and these themes are brilliantly captured in his trilogy. It’s refreshing to see such a nuanced portrayal of addiction and recovery, reminding us that healing is a complex but achievable process. This trilogy is a must-read for anyone seeking understanding and hope.

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