Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs
FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
"We are prone to a cycle of craving what we don't have, finding it, using it up or losing it, and then craving it all the more. This cycle is at the root of all addictions, addictions to ...more
This book really seemed like it was headed in that direction in a big way. I was on full Boomer alert for about the first 3-4 chapters. It's a minor miracle that I persisted through ...more
The author's addiction was horrific, which he freely acknowledges, but he also seems unaware of some really disturbing ironies in his story: altho clearly very distu ...more
+ Interesting to read about addiction from the addicts point of view mixed with theory
- The theory is rather complex
- I get the feeling that some of the proposed facts are his own views and might be conclusions based on own research and convictions
Notes in its content:
The story shows how fragile teens are and how people can seem to do perfectly well for a long time, before falling off the cliff with few escape options. The author s ...more
2 stars: being an addict doesn't make you a writer, being a scientist doesn't make you a writer.
I wanted to add something positive or kind, but I'm in want of words. *Here*, something positive and kind. ...more
A gripping, ultimately triumphant memoir that's also the most comprehensive and comprehensible study of the neuroscience of addiction written for the general public.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
"We are prone to a cycle of craving what we don't have, finding it, using it up or losing it, and then craving it all the more. This cycle is at the root of all addictions, addictions to drugs, sex, love, cigarettes, soap operas, wealth, and wisdom itself. But why should this be so? Why are we desperate for wh
As much as I respected the author, an immense feeling of despise for that teenager, that young adult arose. The more chapters I read, the more intolerant I felt toward him, though I should have known the brain of an addict better. Coming from the country that was only ment ...more
Two, fairly small objections/negative thoughts on this one:
1. The book lacks a particular vigor, there’s no real enlightenment moment which I guess not all books must have.
2. This book is flawed when looking at the greater realm of addic ...more
Heading south… | Memoirs of an Addicted Brain
Overall I really liked the format. As he told his story and described the experiences of the drugs he took and other "adventures", he'd explain the science behind it. What this dr ...more
Really appreciate the effort of an obviously very knowledgeable author bringing the subject into the realm of the layman.
Thank you. And others around me have learnt from this book. In my dealings with all walks of life, I find myself quoting little bits of this publication.
Sit there quietly at an N.A meeting after reading this and see for yourself.
Sometimes reading stories of addiction make it seem like some far fetched notio ...more
Marc's anecdotes are not fascinating, but they are fairly well related and compelling. His neuroscience explanations following each trip are interesting--at first. After a while, it becomes repetitive, and he doesn't add much to the narrative. I feel the science could either be less or more--he's pitched it just wrong, although I admit this is tough to judge when targeting a popular audience.
Fundamentally, I am disappointed. I was expectin ...more
Each chapter with his story then some brain reaction knowledge on drugs. Very informative! I have great joy reading this at the same time some movies fleshed in my mind "Leaving Las Vagas", "Trainspotting", specially "Scarlet Diva". In this book, the author used vivid language to describe what he saw when the drugs got effects on him, I remember when i watch ...more
This book made it on the list, and it was very interesting. I loved to see the author's life story told with the addition of brain diagrams and explanations of nuero-mechanisms which leave humans so vulnerable to addiction. It was als ...more