Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

Author: Marc Lewis

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 9781610392334

Category: Science

Page: 336

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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 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.

The Biology of Desire

Author: Marc Lewis

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 0385682301

Category: Self-Help

Page: 0

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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 disease, and shows why the disease model has become an obstacle to healing. Lewis reveals addiction as an unintended consequence of the brain doing what it’s supposed to do—seek pleasure and relief—in a world that’s not cooperating. Brains are designed to restructure themselves with normal learning and development, but this process is accelerated in addiction when highly attractive rewards are pursued repeatedly. Lewis shows why treatment based on the disease model so often fails, and how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery, given the realities of brain plasticity. Combining intimate human stories with clearly rendered scientific explanation, The Biology of Desire is enlightening and optimistic reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally.

The Biology of Desire

Author: Marc David Lewis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780385682282

Category: Addicts

Page: 320

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A groundbreaking new theory of addiction, explained through the real-life stories of former addicts. The harm done by addicts to themselves and those around them has riveted public attention. From viewing addiction as a dead end for social misfits, we've come to see it as a treacherous predator, attacking our politicians, our entertainers, our relatives, and often ourselves. To explain addiction, to understand it, appears essential. And to that end, we've come to see it as a disease. What else can strike anyone at any time, divesting them of their resources, their self-control, and even their lives? The disease concept has long been at the heart of 12-step programs around the world. Research over the last 20 years, revealing neural changes that accompany substance abuse, seems to clinch the definition of addiction as a disease. And it gives us hope, because the label marks a familiar category, allowing us to box it and hand it over to the professionals. Yet addiction is not a disease, says Marc Lewis. In this groundbreaking and provocative book, Lewis, a neuroscientist and himself a former addict, argues that addiction is a learned adaptation to emotional needs--a developmental process in mind and brain. It arises from the same attachment system that binds infants to their parents and lovers to each other. It builds on the same neuropsychological mechanisms that permit humans to focus on their goals and pursue them passionately. Addiction is unquestionably destructive, but it's also quite normal. That is what makes it so difficult to grasp--societally, philosophically, scientifically, and clinically. This book explains why the disease model is wrong--and why that wrongness is disguised and made worse by a biased view of the data. Lewis examines the brain changes associated with addiction and reinterprets them as developmental changes in an organ designed to restructure itself. He explains brain changes comprehensively, in terms of their evolutionary function and developmental context, and show how ordinary processes yield extraordinary results when we become attached to highly attractive goals that buffer emotional pain. He proposes a new theory of addiction and demonstrates its power and utility by telling the real-life stories of people who, like the author, became addicted--and successfully recovered.

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

Author: Marc Lewis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1610391489

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 2738


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.

Clinical Management of Sex Addiction

Author: Patrick J. Carnes,Kenneth M. Adams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317626583

Category: Psychology

Page: 548

View: 8985


Clinical Management of Sex Addiction’s newest edition updates many of the original chapters from 28 leaders in the field with new findings and treatment methods in the field of sex addiction. With a growing awareness of sex addiction as a problem, plus the advent of cybersex compulsion, professional clinicians are being confronted with sexual compulsion with little clinical or academic preparation. This is the first book distilling the experience of the leaders in this emerging field. It additionally provides new chapters on emerging areas of interest, including partner counseling, trauma and sexual addiction, and adolescent sex addiction. With a focus on special populations, the book creates a current and coherent reference for the therapist who faces quickly escalating new constellations of addictive sexual behavior. Readable, concise and filled with useful interventions, it is a key text for professionals new to the field and a classic reference for all clinicians who treat sex addiction.

Subjects of Substance

Author: Julian Henneberg

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839449294

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

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Recent U.S. literature has both been informed by, and critically engaged with, materialist conceptions of selfhood. Over the past decades, disciplines like neuroscience and evolutionary biology have increasingly recast the human self as a malleable construct produced by physiological processes. In a parallel development, literary authors have created their own conceptions of somatic subjectivity in conjunction or contrast with scientific and medical discourses. Subjects of Substance examines the forms, functions, and effects of materialist models of mind in selected memoirs and novels. Authors discussed include Michael W. Clune, Don DeLillo, Kay Redfield Jamison, Siri Hustvedt, Richard Powers, Elyn R. Saks, and David Foster Wallace.

Recover!

Author: Stanton Peele,Ilse Thompson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0738216763

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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For decades you've been told that addiction is an irreversible disease, a biological force over which you have no control. That defeatist message not only is without scientific foundation, but actually prevents your overcoming addiction. Now, world-renowned addiction expert Stanton Peele demystifies addiction and offers a groundbreaking program that puts at your disposal what does work in treatment and recovery. For four decades, Dr. Peele has challenged our understanding of addiction and recovery. He has developed approaches that break the cycle of addiction and empower us to take control of our lives--including understanding that we are able to direct our own brains to change. In Recover!Dr. Peele's PERFECT Program takes you through the key concepts of mindfulness--that is, your ability to detach from your addictive experience and to see that it is not who you are--combined with the Buddhist idea of loving kindness, or self-acceptance. It's an easily grasped, yet multifaceted program that allows your true self to overcome your addictive urges. Instead of focusing on what's wrong with you, the PERFECT Program will help you discover, embrace, and build your recovery on what's already right about you. Combining the best evidence-based treatments with the mindful use of meditation, Recover!presents a life-transforming philosophy for freeing yourself from addiction forever.

Addiction, Attachment, Trauma and Recovery: The Power of Connection (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

Author: Oliver J. Morgan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393713180

Category: Psychology

Page: 384

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A new model of addiction that incorporates neurobiology, social relationships, and ecological systems. Understanding addiction is no longer just about understanding neurons or genes, broken brain functioning, learning, or faulty choices. Oliver J. Morgan provides a fresh take on addiction and recovery by presenting a more inclusive framework than traditional understanding. Cutting- edge work in attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma is integrated with ecological- systems thinking to provide a consilient and comprehensive picture of addiction. Humans are born into connection and require nourishing relationships for healthy living. Adversities, however, bring fragmentation and create the conditions for ill health. They create vulnerabilities. In order to cope, individuals can turn to alternatives, “substitute relationships” that ease the pain of disconnection. These can become addictions. Addiction, Attachment, Trauma, and Recovery presents a model, a method, and a mandate. This new focus calls for change in the established ways we think and behave about addiction and recovery. It reorients understanding and clinical practice for mental health and addiction counselors, psychologists, and social workers, as well as for addicts and those who love them.

"Addiction and British Visual Culture, 1751?919 "

Author: Julia Skelly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351577476

Category: Art

Page: 276

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Highly innovative and long overdue, this study analyzes the visual culture of addiction produced in Britain during the long nineteenth century. The book examines well-known images such as William Hogarth's Gin Lane (1751), as well as lesser-known artworks including Alfred Priest's painting Cocaine (1919), in order to demonstrate how visual culture was both informed by, and contributed to, discourses of addiction in the period between 1751 and 1919. Through her analysis of more than 30 images, Julia Skelly deconstructs beliefs and stereotypes related to addicted individuals that remain entrenched in the popular imagination today. Drawing upon both feminist and queer methodologies, as well as upon extensive archival research, Addiction and British Visual Culture, 1751-1919 investigates and problematizes the long-held belief that addiction is legible from the body, thus positioning visual images as unreliable sources in attempts to identify alcoholics and drug addicts. Examining paintings, graphic satire, photographs, advertisements and architectural sites, Skelly explores such issues as ongoing anxieties about maternal drinking; the punishment and confinement of addicted individuals; the mobility of female alcoholics through the streets and spaces of nineteenth-century London; and soldiers' use of addictive substances such as cocaine and tobacco to cope with traumatic memories following the First World War.

Addiction and British Visual Culture, 1751–1919

Author: Ms Julia Skelly

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409435563

Category: Art

Page: 201

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This book investigates and problematizes the long-held belief that addiction is legible from the body, thus positioning visual images as unreliable sources in attempts to identify alcoholics and drug addicts. Examining paintings, graphic satire, photographs, advertisements and architectural sites, Skelly explores such issues as on-going anxieties about maternal drinking; the punishment and confinement of addicted individuals; the mobility of female alcoholics through the streets and spaces of nineteenth-century London; and soldiers' use of addictive substances such as cocaine and tobacco to cope with traumatic memories following the First World War.