Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs

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PublicAffairs, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 327 pages
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Marc Lewis’s relationship with drugs began in a New England boarding school where, as a bullied and homesick fifteen-year-old, he made brief escapes from reality by way of cough medicine, alcohol, and marijuana. In Berkeley, California, in its hippie heyday, he found methamphetamine and LSD and heroin. He sniffed nitrous oxide in Malaysia and frequented Calcutta’s opium dens. Ultimately, though, his journey took him where it takes most addicts: into a life of addiction, desperation, deception, and crime.

But unlike most addicts, Lewis recovered and became a developmental psychologist and researcher in neuroscience. In Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, he applies his professional expertise to a study of his former self, using the story of his own journey through addiction to tell the universal story of addictions of every kind. He explains the neurological effects of a variety of powerful drugs, and shows how they speak to the brain—itself designed to seek rewards and soothe pain—in its own language. And he illuminates how craving overtakes the nervous system, sculpting a synaptic network dedicated to one goal—more—at the expense of everything else.

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Review: Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs

User Review  - Morgan Blackledge - Goodreads

Being a Gen Xer, I grew up politely listening to my narcissistic Baby Boomer elders prattle on ad nausem about the "good ol days" of the 60's and 70's. I can't tell you how many times I had to endure ... Read full review

Review: Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs

User Review  - Margot - Goodreads

I loved this book. It was a candid look at Marc's addictive behaviour through the eyes of his neurological understanding. It strongly influenced my writing of my second major work, Mind Minders, which is yet to find a publisher. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Dr. Marc Lewis is a developmental neuroscientist and professor of human development and applied psychology at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. He is the author of over fifty journal publications in neuroscience and developmental psychology and coeditor of Emotion, Development, and Self-Organization: Dynamic Systems Approaches to Emotional Development.

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