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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385669259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385669252
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Athena Sade on Oct. 12 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a recovering addict who used drugs for 24 years and has been clean for 17. I have worked in the field of addiction for 15 years, and I have read many books on addiction, but of all the books I have read none has had the impact on me that this book did. Marc Lewis provides a vulnerable tale of struggle and the effort to cope. He demonstrates in a way that is easy to visualize how certain chemicals become agents of coping. Whether you have struggled with addiction yourself or you know someone facing this challenge, you truly will begin to understand and perhaps let go of your judgment. The trauma/addictions field is changing rapidly with the knowledge we are gaining from the field of neuroscience. Until now there has been a huge chasm between the science and the ability to communicate it to those who need to understand it most. Thank you Marc for your courage to share your story and your astonishing talent for making the science available to us all... You have created a bridge that has the potential to change the way in which we demonize addicts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yinyangmj on Dec 28 2011
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I enjoyed reading this book about an addicts perspective on addiction and how it affects our brain chemistry. The only drawback is that you need a basis in brain biology in order to fully understand what he is explaining. The book could have been shorter in my opinion, as some chapters were too long, and not of great importance to the story. A good read, but it left me wanting more. It would make a great movie, and it would be easier to understand how brain chemistry changes, when using drugs! Even though he talks a few pages on recovery, I found there was not enough information on how to stop using drugs, and make a new start.
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In Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, Marc Lewis gives us an enthralling interweave of great story telling and an introductory course on neurobiology of how the mind and brain of an addict operates. This coherent “life narrative” helps us make sense of the “cunning, baffling and powerful” effect of substances in the life of the addict and the people in his life. From one addict to another who has written his story, thank you Mark for helping me make more sense of my life.
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