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
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
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
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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.
Очень интересно следить, как плавно человек погружается в глубину зависимости, из-за чего это происходит и что он при этом испытывает.
Выводы, которые сделал для себя:
- Наркотики эксплуатируют встроенный баг в устройстве человека. Нашему мозгу все равно, откуда получать стимуляцию - из реальных переживаний, или из искусственно синтезированных веществ. Для него это ...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
Het was heel duidelijk en verhelderend voor mij. Ik had het echt nodig om in te zien hoe het uw hersenen manipuleert om zoetjesaan een gedachten shift te krijgen over bepaalde substanties. Vroeger leken bepaalde drugs iets magisch met mij te doen, nu besef ik dat er gewoon chemisch iets veranderd.
Ik vond het een heel goed boek om die reden. Het leest wel iets minder vlot als een roman.
It was amazing to make connections between family members and the drug influences they face on a daily basis. It also helped teach me sympathy. I have judged others falsely for so long based on non realistic claims about individuals who have addictions. Super awesome book with a great story of triumph.
Marc Lewis is now a prestigious university teacher; and he has been that for the last 35 years. However; he was a drug addict when he was young. He is still a drug adict because when a person plays with hard drugs; they are never really cured. You can stop having drugs alright; but the cravings never go away. Drugs are the ticket to happiness and pleasure. Pleasure without effort; love without giving anything. But ...more
I have always loved reading about substance abuse, and as I've gotten older the study of the brain has become increasingly fascinating to me. Reading this book satisfied in me a thirst I didn't ...more
I have always been interested in reading about drugs, addiction and how it combines with and affects the brain, so when I saw this book in Waterstones in Amsterdam, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to get it.
Unfortunately though, I really struggled with the scientific stuff in the first of half of this book - maybe it was because I only read before going to bed so I was too tired to pay too much attention or maybe it was because I haven't studied anything relating ...more
While the trainer might tell us and show us how harmless the tiger is, and the safety of playi ...more
Unfortunately, the parts of the book I want to read about are separated and hidden between pages and pages of neuroscientific analysis of each point of the trip which are way above me and my attention span. Plus, that science-speak is ak ...more