The Thirteenth Step: Addiction in the Age of Brain Science by Markus Heilig

The Thirteenth Step: Addiction in the Age of Brain Science

byMarkus Heilig

Hardcover | May 12, 2015

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The past thirty years have witnessed a revolution in the science of addiction, yet we still rely on outdated methods of treatment. Expensive new programs for managing addiction are also flourishing, but since they are not based in science, they offer little benefit to people who cannot afford to lose money or faith in their recovery.

Clarifying the cutting-edge science of addiction for both practitioners and general readers, The Thirteenth Step pairs stories of real patients with explanations of key concepts relating to their illness. A police chief who disappears on the job illustrates the process through which a drug can trigger the brain circuits mediating relapse. One person's effort to find a burrito shack in a foreign city illuminates the reward prediction error signaled by the brain chemical dopamine. With these examples and more, this volume paints a vivid, readable portrait of drug seeking, escalation, and other aspects of addiction and suggests science-based treatments that promise to improve troubling relapse rates. Merging science and human experience, The Thirteenth Step offers compassionate, valuable answers to anyone who hopes for a better handle on a confounding disease.

About The Author

Markus Heilig is a physician scientist and one of the most highly cited addiction researchers of his generation. For the past decade, he has led one of the largest research programs on addictive disorders in the world at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health. He is a fellow of the ...

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Title:The Thirteenth Step: Addiction in the Age of Brain ScienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231172362

ISBN - 13:9780231172363

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Us and Them2. A Grocery Store That Closed3. An Entity in Its Own Right4. A Chronic, Relapsing Disorder5. Man or Machine?6. Histories, Brains, and Behaviors7. The Pursuit of Happiness8. The Dark Side of Addiction9. Rash Actions10. Turning On a Bright Light11. Getting the Cue12. A Strained Mind13. Fathers and Sons14. Molecular Culprits15. Trick or Treatment16. Please Behave17. Pills for Addiction Ills18. Pray If You Wish, but Please Take Your Meds First19. The Journey AheadNotesIndex

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[The Thirteenth Step] offers a brilliant and, perhaps more important, highly legible review of current addiction science.... Heilig's synthesis invites us all to critically consider the addiction concept along with its implications for people, policy, and the practice of medicine.