Memoirs of An Addicted Brain

Memoirs of An Addicted Brain

A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs

Book - 2011
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Is addiction rooted in moral weakness or within the deep workings of the brain? Readers of this gripping and triumphant memoir by neuroscientist and former drug addict Dr Marc Lewis will understand intimately the "workings of the mind" and how drugs speak to the brain - itself designed to seek rewards and soothe pain - in its own language. Lewis makes the science of addiction accessible, the struggles of addiction believable and the possibility of recovery attainable.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780385669252
Branch Call Number: 362.29092 LEW
Characteristics: 312 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Aug 31, 2016

An outstanding book. The intermingling of feelings and emotions of an addicted brain with the science of what is going on upstairs. This makes for a wonderful exposition either for the addicted, those recovering, family and health care providers. Well written and brutally honest at times, the book gives an honest account of addiction with the rare look at what one persons feelings and emotional state was while in the moment thanks to the authors journals. It was nice to read what I think is the missing piece of addiction theory. Neither disease or lack of moral character, but the brain systems learned actions. Fortunately this is reversible though the imprinting stays forever. Entertaining and educational it is. Well worth the time if this is a subject that interests.

Jul 06, 2016

Marc Lewis is truly a gifted writer, his synthesis of material science and the human condition enables a layperson or someone who has never experienced addiction to truly comprehend the forces that propel the self destruction and melancholy that is drug addiction.
Certain sections of the book are so heartbreaking, that even a stoic like myself wept.

Aug 23, 2012

Not your usual addiction memoir. This is a great exploration of what your brain is like on drugs -- literally! This book could be a good source for a student of brain physiology.

xumaggi1 Aug 15, 2012

Marc Lewis is a professor at OISE, University of Toronto, who I worked with. His life experience from drug addict to a professor is fascinating. I found the book did not explain enough scientific reasons on how he recovered from addiction. a little bit disappointed on too much personal story telling on his life.

Nov 19, 2011

Be aware that this is the drug equivalent of a drunkalogue -- mostly a narration of the troubles the author got into through his massive and varied drug use. What is happening inside the brain is there, too, and sobering. But, as a friend of an addict (who has since died), I found listening to the account of all that happens to people driven by their addictions hard to listen to again.

debwalker Oct 13, 2011

Addiction memoir from an expert.

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