The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease
The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction a brain disease. But in The Biology of Desire, cognitive neuroscientist and ...more
I followed this book after reading his book Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs.
I highly recommend both for readers who have a passion or interest in understanding ...more
Religious people call it a moral failing and they say we just need to pray to Jesus more.
Conservatives call it a failure of willpower. They tell us to "Just say no" and to "DARE" to abstain.
Liberals tell us it's a symptom of social inequities. They tell us we need to provide the urban poor with equal access to healthcare and human services.
AA people tell us it's a spiritual disease and ...more
My interest ...more
The debate may hinge on the issue of control. If you don't have control over your substance use, then you have a disease, and if you do have control (but aren't using it), then addiction is a choice. The leak in the logic is the assumption that choice is a deliberate, rational function we can apply at will. But choice is nearly always irrational - which is only to say that it is executed by the same brain that gives rise to hope, need, fear, and uncertainty, a ...more
The book is not for those who are seeking recovery, in my opinion, but for those who want to gain a solid understanding of a globally ...more
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, Author of the ...more
To be clear, it's not a book on how to help addicts break free, but there are some thought provoking examples of others who are doing good work in this ...more
The stories are well-told, the science well-explained, and the whole work is simultaneously accessible and enlightening. Highly recommend to anyone who has struggled with addiction/eating disorders personally or who knows someone who has. It will, ...more
1. Addiction is not a disease
2. Brain change is a consequence of learning
3. Quitting is a continuation of development
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It has been very useful for western society to classify addiction as a disease, according to Marc Lewis, a Toronto neuroscientist. That has let drug users understand their cravings as something that can be dealt with within existing health-care systems. It has also allowed doctors to treat addiction with pharmaceutical tools like methadone and permitted ...more
Through the vivid, true stories of five people who journeyed into and out of addiction, a renowned neuroscientist explains why the "disease model" of addiction is wrong and illuminates the path to recovery.
The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction a brain disease, based on evidence that brains change with drug use. But in The Biology of Desire, cognitive neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis makes a convincing case that addiction is not a...more
"Temperance activists saw alcohol itself as the cause of alcoholism much like contemporary disease theorists see drugs rather than environments as the cause of drug addiction."