Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain

Author: Marc Lewis
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Marc Lewis describes his former experiences with drug addiction and his eventual healing from the perspective of his current position as a neuroscience researcher and professor of developmental psychology.

Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain

Author: Marc Lewis
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1610391489
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A neuroscientist's unique and fascinating journey into his own addiction--for readers of Oliver Sacks and Andrew Solomon Marc Lewis's relationship with drugs began in a New England boarding school where, as a bullied and homesick fifteen-year-old, he made brief escapes from reality by way of cough medicine, alcohol, and marijuana. In Berkeley, California, in its hippie heyday, he found methamphetamine and LSD and heroin; he sniffed nitrous oxide in Malaysia; and frequented Calcutta's opium dens. Ultimately, though, his journey took him where it takes most addicts: into a life of desperation, deception, and crime. But unlike most addicts, Lewis recovered to become a developmental psychologist and researcher in neuroscience. In Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, he applies his professional expertise to a study of his former self, using the story of his own journey through addiction to tell the universal story of addictions of every kind.

The Biology Of Desire

Author: Marc Lewis
Editor: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 1925113914
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WINNER OF THE 2016 PROSE AWARD IN PSYCHOLOGY Through the vivid, true stories of five people who journeyed into and out of addiction, a renowned neuroscientist explains why the 'disease model' of addiction is wrong, and illuminates the path to recovery. The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction a brain disease, based on evidence that brains change with drug use. But in The Biology of Desire, cognitive neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis makes a convincing case that addiction is not a disease, and shows why the disease model has become an obstacle to healing. Lewis reveals addiction as an unintended consequence of the brain doing what it's supposed to do — seek pleasure and relief — in a world that's not cooperating. Brains are designed to restructure themselves with normal learning and development, but this process is accelerated in addiction when highly attractive rewards are pursued repeatedly. Lewis shows why treatment based on the disease model so often fails, and how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery, given the realities of brain plasticity. Combining intimate human stories with clearly rendered scientific explanation, The Biology of Desire is enlightening and optimistic reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally. PRAISE FOR MARC LEWIS ‘[L]ooks at how addiction and brain science collide, and how understanding our brains can help addicts get out of the abyss … [A] very readable, often touching, gateway into the universe of neuroscience and the shadowland of addiction.’ The Sydney Morning Herald ‘The most important study of addiction to be published for many years.’ The Spectator

Never Enough

Author: Judith Grisel
Editor: Anchor
ISBN: 0385542852
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From a renowned behavioral neuroscientist and recovering addict, a rare page-turning work of science that draws on personal insights to reveal how drugs work, the dangerous hold they can take on the brain, and the surprising way to combat today's epidemic of addiction. Judith Grisel was a daily drug user and college dropout when she began to consider that her addiction might have a cure, one that she herself could perhaps discover by studying the brain. Now, after twenty-five years as a neuroscientist, she shares what she and other scientists have learned about addiction, enriched by captivating glimpses of her personal journey. In Never Enough, Grisel reveals the unfortunate bottom line of all regular drug use: there is no such thing as a free lunch. All drugs act on the brain in a way that diminishes their enjoyable effects and creates unpleasant ones with repeated use. Yet they have their appeal, and Grisel draws on anecdotes both comic and tragic from her own days of using as she limns the science behind the love of various drugs, from marijuana to alcohol, opiates to psychedelics, speed to spice. With more than one in five people over the age of fourteen addicted, drug abuse has been called the most formidable health problem worldwide, and Grisel delves with compassion into the science of this scourge. She points to what is different about the brains of addicts even before they first pick up a drink or drug, highlights the changes that take place in the brain and behavior as a result of chronic using, and shares the surprising hidden gifts of personality that addiction can expose. She describes what drove her to addiction, what helped her recover, and her belief that a “cure” for addiction will not be found in our individual brains but in the way we interact with our communities. Set apart by its color, candor, and bell-clear writing, Never Enough is a revelatory look at the roles drugs play in all of our lives and offers crucial new insight into how we can solve the epidemic of abuse.

Woman Of Substances

Author: Jenny Valentish
Editor: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 1788541626
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Journalist Jenny Valentish takes a gendered look at drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way. Mining the expertise of 35 leading researchers, clinicians and psychiatrists, she explores the early predictors of addictive behaviour, such as trauma, temperament and impulsivity. Drawing on neuroscience, she explains why other self-destructive behaviours – such as eating disorders, compulsive buying and high-risk sex – are interchangeable with problematic substance use. From her childhood in suburban Slough to her chaotic formative years in the London music scene, we follow her journey to Australia, where she experiences firsthand treatment facilities and AA groups, and reflects whether or not they are meeting the needs of women. Woman of Substances is an insightful, rigorous and brutally honest read. In Australia it was nominated for a prestigious Walkley Book Award. 'Employing expert interviews and research, each rich personal episode is contextualised within the under-examined issue of women's substance abuse. Detailed, insightful and told with a feature writer's narrative flair' Bookseller and Publisher. 'Engages readers with storytelling while presenting scientific findings and theories in a way that is accessible to a broad audience' Broadsheet. 'Part monograph, part memoir, part Ginsbergian howl of outrage at a culture in which gender bias is a tenet. It is a work of compellingly articulate anger' The Australian. 'In straightforward, lively prose she relates even her darkest moments without self-pity or aggrandisement, and often with a streak of gallows humour, leading to more laugh-out-loud lines than you might expect' The Saturday Paper. 'We need books like this, and writers like Valentish, to give voice to our frustrations and concerns, to help legitimise and mobilise' Kill Your Darlings. 'Valentish's passion lies in exploring the underlying causes and their effects and, in the most female of ways, offering companionship and reassurance for her readers' The Monthly. 'Doesn't mince her words' Sydney Morning Herald.

How I Rescued My Brain

Author: David Roland
Editor: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 1925113043
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As a psychologist specialising in court assessments, David Roland often saw the toughest, most heartbreaking cases. The emotional trauma had begun to take its toll — and then the global financial crisis hit, leaving his family facing financial ruin. So when he found himself in a local emergency ward with little idea of where he was or how he got there, doctors wondered if he had had a nervous breakdown — if the strain of treating individuals with mental-health problems had become too much. Eventually they discovered the truth: David had suffered a stroke, which had resulted in brain injury. He faced two choices: give up or get his brain working again. Drawing on the principles of neuroplasticity, David set about re-wiring his brain. Embarking on a search that brought him into contact with doctors, neuroscientists, yoga teachers, musicians, and a Buddhist nun, he found the tools to restore his sense of self: psychotherapy, exercise, music, mindfulness, and meditation. How I Rescued My Brain is the story of David’s neurological difficulties and his remarkable cognitive recovery. It is also an account of a journey to emotional health and wellbeing. In the tradition of Marc Lewis’s Memoirs of an Addicted Brain and Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, this is an amazing tale of one man’s resilience, and his determination to overcome one of the most frightening situations imaginable — the fear that he had lost his mind, and might not get it back.

Medical And Surgical Memoirs V 1 1876

Author: Joseph Jones
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Biographical Memoirs

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List of papers contained in v. 1-9 is given in National Academy of Sciences. Proceedings ... Index ... 1915-24, 1926.

Beautiful Boy

Author: David Sheff
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618683352
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The story of one teenager's descent into methamphetamine addiction is told from his father's point of view, describing how a varsity athlete and honor student became addicted to the dangerous drug and its impact on his family.

Memoirs Of The Court Of England During The Reign Of The Stuarts

Author: John Heneage Jesse
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The Addicted Mind

Author: Henrietta Bowden-Jones
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0349009813
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Medical And Surgical Memoirs

Author: Joseph Jones
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Memoirs Of A Stomach

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Memoirs Of A Stomach Written By Himself With Notes By A Minister Of The Interior S Whiting

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Memoirs Of A Stomach Written By Himself That All Who Eat May Read With Notes Critical And Explanatory By A Minister Of The Interior By S Whiting

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Last Call

Author: C. K. Murray
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ISBN: 9781722379421
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Before We Treat, We Must Understand Millions of people suffer from alcoholism, and most of them don't even know it. Or perhaps, they just can't admit it. If you or somebody you know is suffering from alcoholism, it is important to act immediately. The effect of alcohol on the body and mind is significant. Alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are serious, potentially lethal conditions. When it comes to overcoming alcoholism and alcohol dependence, the hardest part is understanding why. Maybe we've heard the personal drug stories, maybe we've read the personal memoirs, but have we lived them? Unless you yourself are an alcoholic, it's often difficult to understand. Why Why do alcoholics continue to destroy themselves? Given everything we know today about the neuroscience of addiction, about alcohol recovery and rehabilitation--why? The truth is dark. Because at the end of the day, the alcoholic doesn't care. The alcoholic will refuse to quit drinking, even when alcoholism treatment could transform their life for the better. He or she will do anything to avoid sobriety, risking life and limb simply to acquire that next, comforting drink. Until it's too late. So don't wait. The worst part about alcohol and drug dependence is that it doesn't just affect the alcoholic. Alcoholism is a family destroyer. The family and friends of alcoholics may endure incredible hardship in the face of this debilitating disease. Alcoholism often leads to a dysfunctional family and a marriage on the rocks, worsening abuse and complicating recovery. And if this isn't bad enough, alcohol dependency can lead to years of post-traumatic stress. For adult children of alcoholics, the damage can be deep. Years of childhood abuse, neglect and broken families have damaged their psyches. Healing and recovery are hard to achieve, even for alcoholics from good environments. But there is always hope. Healing the alcoholic brain--and those affected by it--is a process, just like anything in life. Step by step, alcoholism recovery can and does occur. Nothing can happen overnight, but with courage, and conviction, the addicted brain can finally rewire. Through relapse and relief, intervention and rehabilitation, ending dependency is possible. By approaching the situation with the right tools and knowledge, the end of alcohol addiction is not only possible, but probable. Part guide, part personal memoir, "Last Call" includes: The terrible costs of alcoholism How to identify alcoholism Understanding the thought process (and neuroscience of addiction) How to treat and empower the alcoholic How to Help the alcoholic stay sober Tags: abuse, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, alcohol addiction, dependence, dependency

Literary Digest

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Memoirs Of The Life And Labours Of W H S Second Edition Revised

Author: William Hendry STOWELL
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