Memoirs of An Addicted Brain

Memoirs of An Addicted Brain

A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs

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Baker & Taylor
A developmental psychologist applies his professional expertise to a study of his younger days when he used all kinds of powerful drugs--from cough medicine and alcohol to opium and LSD--to explain the neurological effects they can have on the brain and nervous system.

Perseus Publishing
In a vivid, candid memoir of his own addiction, a renowned neuroscientist articulates exactly how drugs speak to the brain, illuminating both the science of craving and the human condition

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 desperation, deception, and crime.

But unlike most addicts, Lewis recovered to become 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.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2011
ISBN: 9781610392334
Characteristics: 327 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Aug 31, 2016

An outstanding book. The intermingling of feelings and emotions of an addicted brain with the science of what is going on upstairs. This makes for a wonderful exposition either for the addicted, those recovering, family and health care providers. Well written and brutally honest at times, the book gives an honest account of addiction with the rare look at what one persons feelings and emotional state was while in the moment thanks to the authors journals. It was nice to read what I think is the missing piece of addiction theory. Neither disease or lack of moral character, but the brain systems learned actions. Fortunately this is reversible though the imprinting stays forever. Entertaining and educational it is. Well worth the time if this is a subject that interests.

Aug 23, 2012

Not your usual addiction memoir. This is a great exploration of what your brain is like on drugs -- literally! This book could be a good source for a student of brain physiology.

xumaggi1 Aug 15, 2012

Marc Lewis is a professor at OISE, University of Toronto, who I worked with. His life experience from drug addict to a professor is fascinating. I found the book did not explain enough scientific reasons on how he recovered from addiction. a little bit disappointed on too much personal story telling on his life.

Nov 19, 2011

Be aware that this is the drug equivalent of a drunkalogue -- mostly a narration of the troubles the author got into through his massive and varied drug use. What is happening inside the brain is there, too, and sobering. But, as a friend of an addict (who has since died), I found listening to the account of all that happens to people driven by their addictions hard to listen to again.

debwalker Oct 13, 2011

Addiction memoir from an expert.

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