Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs Hardcover – Oct 4 2011
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“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.”
“[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.”
“Full . . . fascinating. . . . the picture of his brain activity with which Lewis furnishes us is at just the right resolution for an interested lay reader.”
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have an addict in my life, and the journey throughout the years has been a rollercoaster ride like no other. The sleepless nights, the wondering, the not being able to understand, and the hopelessness that comes with the statics regarding addicts ever getting off of drugs.
This book opened up a whole new outlook. It helped me understand, and although sometimes made me feel a little discouraged, as I read through the chapters, especially the last few, I felt encouraged and hopeful.
There can be a light at the end of the very dark tunnel of addiction.
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Good book on addiction--the San Francisco scene in the 1960's especially interesting...Published 6 months ago by Darcy Proulx
Awesome account of this man's life through addiction and overcoming it. Along with his story he provides neuroscientific information which I found to be very interesting and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by pauline
Excellent review of an experience with polysubstance drug abuse, and a slow , painful process of recovery from a neuroscientist.Published 18 months ago by Arlene Phillips
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