Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life On Drugs

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Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life On Drugs

by Marc Lewis

Doubleday Canada | October 4, 2011 | Hardcover

Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life On Drugs is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
A gripping, ultimately triumphant memoir that''s also the most comprehensive and comprehensible study of the neuroscience of addiction written for the general public.

FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
"We are prone to a cycle of craving what we don''t have, finding it, using it up or losing it, and then craving it all the more. This cycle is at the root of all addictions, addictions to drugs, sex, love, cigarettes, soap operas, wealth, and wisdom itself. But why should this be so? Why are we desperate for what we don''t have, or can''t have, often at great cost to what we do have, thereby risking our peace and contentment, our safety, and even our lives?"

The answer, says Dr. Marc Lewis, lies in the structure and function of the human brain.

Marc Lewis is a distinguished neuroscientist. And, for many years, he was a drug addict himself, dependent on a series of dangerous substances, from LSD to heroin. His narrative moves back and forth between the often dark, compellingly recounted story of his relationship with drugs and a revelatory analysis of what was going on in his brain.

He shows how drugs speak to the brain - which is designed to seek rewards and soothe pain - in its own language. He shows in detail the neural mechanics of a variety of powerful drugs and of the onset of addiction, itself a distortion of normal perception.

Dr. Lewis freed himself from addiction and ended up studying it. At the age of 30 he traded in his pharmaceutical supplies for the life of a graduate student, eventually becoming a professor of developmental psychology, and then of neuroscience - his field for the last 12 years. This is the story of his journey, seen from the inside out.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.27 × 6.29 × 1.1 in

Published: October 4, 2011

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385669259

ISBN - 13: 9780385669252

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read I absolutely loved this book! I'm just starting to delve into the world of non-fiction and this was a great read. I loved the juxtaposition of the scientific explanations with the stories of drug abuse. It was a terrific book.
Date published: 2012-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It This book was amazing! It was interesting to see how a drug can take hold of someone and then have the science behind it explained. I would recommend this to everyone.
Date published: 2012-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from PERFECT FOR ANYONE If you happen to have a particular interest in the subject of neuroscience than, obivously this is a book for you. But the perfect thing about ths book is that you dont have to be a neuroscience major or anyone that has anything to do with it. This book wont make you feel lost, as an outsider of the field in the conplex terms of the human brain. Its a light read ( for the subject) and easy to grasp. Plus you will be surprised what you will learn about our make up. I would totally give this book to anyone ( coming from a 14 year old perspective)
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated out of 5 by from A truly amzing read! For anyone aspiring to become a doctor or anything in the medical field, i suggest you read this. Marc Lewis proves there are no limitations to our addictive behaviour as humans. Beautifully writen, researched throughly and a perfect combination of real life struggle and science it is a thought prevoking read.
Date published: 2012-05-09

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Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life On Drugs

by Marc Lewis

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.27 × 6.29 × 1.1 in

Published: October 4, 2011

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385669259

ISBN - 13: 9780385669252

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The first time I got drunk was with Whitney Talcott. It was a March night and freezing cold. I had been at Tabor less than six months, and depression was now a palpable daily companion, a disease to be managed. There were good days and bad days, but the good days were just tolerable and the bad days nearly did me in. I hated this school. It was bigger than me, it was stronger than me, and it seemed as natural a part of the New England landscape as the rocky coves and stands of maple. I didn’t belong here. I had got here by mistake. My first two years of high school had been at a nice, normal suburban Toronto school a few blocks from my home. I might not have been the most popular kid in class, but nobody seemed to actively dislike me. I had a few friends. I got invited to a few parties. I had a girlfriend for a couple of months. And I could go home at night. That was the main thing. Here at Tabor, there was no home to return to at the end of the day—except the dorm. And I hated the dorm. I hated every whitewashed board, every hissing radiator, every creak in the polished hardwood floors. I hated my room, I hated my roommate. I hated the guy next door. And I hated my proctors, the senior boys whose job it was to supervise us and care for us while helping induct us into this bizarre paramilitary culture.   Para-naval, actually. Tabor was a para-naval academy, but that didn’t mean much to me at the time. The naval terminology seemed a bad joke, an effort t
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A gripping, ultimately triumphant memoir that''s also the most comprehensive and comprehensible study of the neuroscience of addiction written for the general public.

FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
"We are prone to a cycle of craving what we don''t have, finding it, using it up or losing it, and then craving it all the more. This cycle is at the root of all addictions, addictions to drugs, sex, love, cigarettes, soap operas, wealth, and wisdom itself. But why should this be so? Why are we desperate for what we don''t have, or can''t have, often at great cost to what we do have, thereby risking our peace and contentment, our safety, and even our lives?"

The answer, says Dr. Marc Lewis, lies in the structure and function of the human brain.

Marc Lewis is a distinguished neuroscientist. And, for many years, he was a drug addict himself, dependent on a series of dangerous substances, from LSD to heroin. His narrative moves back and forth between the often dark, compellingly recounted story of his relationship with drugs and a revelatory analysis of what was going on in his brain.

He shows how drugs speak to the brain - which is designed to seek rewards and soothe pain - in its own language. He shows in detail the neural mechanics of a variety of powerful drugs and of the onset of addiction, itself a distortion of normal perception.

Dr. Lewis freed himself from addiction and ended up studying it. At the age of 30 he traded in his pharmaceutical supplies for the life of a graduate student, eventually becoming a professor of developmental psychology, and then of neuroscience - his field for the last 12 years. This is the story of his journey, seen from the inside out.

About the Author

DR. MARC LEWIS is a developmental neuroscientist and professor of human developmental psychology, recently at the University of Toronto, where he taught and conducted research from 1989 to 2010, and currently at Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is the author of over 50 journal publications in neuroscience and developmental psychology.
 
Dr. Lewis co-edited Emotion, Development, and Self-Organization: Dynamic Systems Approaches to Emotional Development (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and co-authored with his wife Isabela Granic Bed Timing (HarperCollins, 2009) which applies developmental theory to help parents get their young children to sleep through the night.

Editorial Reviews

“ Memoirs of an Addicted Brain . . . takes on all of human longing. Unlike many of his brain science colleagues and fellow addicts, Dr. Lewis can write. One moment, he is remembering the details of his life as an addict; the next, he is reconstructing, based on newer scientific findings, what the drugs were doing to his brain. The result is not just a book about a brain on drugs, but a picture of addiction as an unavoidable urge of human nature. . . . It''s the way he drapes his scientific understanding of human chemical function over the frame of his own life that makes his memoir compelling.” — The Globe and Mail   “In his book, Lewis seamlessly integrates the physiology and psychology of addiction with his own vivid, disturbing memories. It’s a fascinating and fact-filled glimpse into the world of needles and need.” — Georgia Straight “[ Memoirs of an Addicted Brain ] is compelling, and for readers grappling with addiction, Mr. Lewis''s mechanistic approach might well be novel enough to inspire them to seek the happiness he now enjoys.” — The Wall Street Journal   “Marc Lewis’s Memoirs of an Addicted Brain is a cracker. . . . The science is up to the minute. Lewis clearly knows his stuff.” — The Australian “Full . . . fascinating. . . . the picture of his brain activity with which Lewis furnishes us is at just the right resolution for an interested lay reader.” —
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