An expert on the national and local prescription pain medication epidemic and the medical science behind the disease of addiction, Dr. Barbara Krantz has worked in the recovery field for more than 30 years. She lectures on numerous topics, including the biochemistry of the brain as it relates to addiction and is an advocate for neuroimaging (i.e., SPECT brain scanning) to effectively diagnose and treat the disease of addiction. She has led a collaborative study with Scripps Florida and the University of Miami to identify effective and innovative treatment therapies and relapse triggers.
She is excited about the advances that have enabled a better understanding of the disease of addiction. “With the advent of quantum physics, we have a better understanding of the brain and how our thoughts influence the neurochemical processes. This represents both hope and challenge.”
In 2010, the American Society of Addiction Medicine inducted Dr. Krantz into its Distinguished Fellow program for her substantial and lasting contributions to the field of addiction medicine. The Palm Beach County Medical Society honored Dr. Krantz in 2008 with its Heroes in Medicine award for her leadership, philanthropy, and commitment to the field of medicine. And, in 2007, the Medical Review Officer Certification Council certified Dr. Krantz as a medical review officer to evaluate workplace drug and alcohol test results.
Before coming to Caron in 2015, she was the director of medical services and the medical director of research at Hanley Center. She also served as the medical director at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies and at Cornerstone, a substance abuse treatment program at Wellington Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Krantz has taught medicine at Nova Southeastern University and University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and has trained addiction medicine doctors through the University of Florida.
She is on the faculty for the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Live Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine workshops. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Medical Women’s Association, American College of Family Practitioners, American Osteopathic Association, and American Society of Addiction Medicine.