The Biology Of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not A Disease

August 4, 2015|
The Biology Of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not A Disease by Marc Lewis
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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.
Marc Lewis, PhD, is a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology. Now at Radboud University in the Netherlands, he taught for more than twenty years at the University of Toronto. He has authored or coauthored more than fifty journal articles in neuroscience and developmental psychology. Presently, he speaks and blogs on t...
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Title:The Biology Of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not A Disease
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:256 pages, 9.5 X 6.5 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 9.5 X 6.5 X 0.8 in
Published:August 4, 2015
Publisher:Doubleday Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780385682282

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