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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I loved this book. Lewis is a wonderful writer who does a great job of explaining exactly how the brain responds to various substances. He stepped me through the most intricate feedback loops with ... Read full review

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Again, review being drafted, but this has sat on my 'on hold' shelf for so long that I wanted it off my 'currently reading' shelf. Had a rare few hours solid reading the other night, into the early hours, to finish it ... the only time the house of noise goes quiet :) Read full review

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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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