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Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain

Author : Marc Lewis
ISBN : 9781610391481
Genre : Science
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A neuroscientist's unique and fascinating journey into his own addiction--for readers of Oliver Sacks and Andrew Solomon 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.

Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain

Author : Marc Lewis
ISBN : 9780385669252
Genre : Drug addiction
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Marc Lewis describes his former experiences with drug addiction and his eventual healing from the perspective of his current position as a neuroscience researcher and professor of developmental psychology.

The Biology Of Desire

Author : Marc Lewis
ISBN : 9781925113914
Genre : Science
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WINNER OF THE 2016 PROSE AWARD IN PSYCHOLOGY 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. PRAISE FOR MARC LEWIS ‘[L]ooks at how addiction and brain science collide, and how understanding our brains can help addicts get out of the abyss … [A] very readable, often touching, gateway into the universe of neuroscience and the shadowland of addiction.’ The Sydney Morning Herald ‘The most important study of addiction to be published for many years.’ The Spectator

Drug Abuse And Antisocial Behavior

Author : Christopher P. Salas-Wright
ISBN : 9781137558176
Genre : Social Science
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This book is rooted in the conviction that human biology plays a critical role in understanding drug abuse and antisocial behavior. In the same breath, however, it fundamentally affirms the importance of the many social and environmental factors that influence our behavior across the life course. The study begins with an overview of the scope of the problem of drug abuse and crime, and an examination of how these problems often feed into one another. Building upon that foundation, the focus shifts to a review of cutting-edge research on the genetics and neurobiology of addiction and antisocial behavior across the developmental periods of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. An exploration of the implications of a biosocial life course approach in terms of drug abuse prevention, and an examination of what lies ahead for drug abuse and criminological research conclude this detailed and timely book. Policy makers, practitioners and scholars of criminology and sociology will find this of particular interest.

Addiction And British Visual Culture 1751 919

Author : Julia Skelly
ISBN : 9781351577472
Genre : Art
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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.

Drug Abuse

Author : Arthur Gillard
ISBN : 9780737767797
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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This volume presents readings from a variety of perspectives that allow readers to better understand and navigate the topic of drug abuse. Both conservative and liberal points of view are provided in an even balance. Readers will evaluate drug abuse causes, the impact of the war on drugs, the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs, and whether drugs should be legalized. They will learn about varying methods of preventing drug abuse. Stellar sources include Dr. Harold Koplewicz, The Economist, Northbound Academy, John Stossel, Genevieve Pham-Kanter, and Jane Bianchi.

A Thousand Contradictory Ways

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ISBN : OCLC:1051981387
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Neuroscientific accounts of addiction are increasingly influential in health and medical circles. At the same time a diverse, if equally scientifically focused, opposition to addiction neuroscience is emerging. In this struggle over the merits of addiction neuroscience are elements of a uniquely 21st-century public engagement with science. No longer trusted by the public as the unerring source of objective knowledge about the world, science is, at least in some contexts, increasingly treated as just one voice among many. Observing the difficulties this loss of faith in science poses for effective action on pressing issues such as climate change, philosopher Bruno Latour develops a different (ecological) approach to scientific knowledge, one that for the first time allows scientists (and other "moderns") to understand it for what it really is and locate it "diplomatically" alongside other modes of knowing. In this article, I ask whether a similar innovation is needed to allow more effective understanding of addiction. I explore this question by analyzing two recent, widely discussed, popular books (Marc Lewis's Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs, 2011 and Carl Hart's High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-discovery that Challenges Everything You Think You Know About Drugs and Society, 2013) as well as reviews of these books. Written by neuroscientists, and drawing heavily on personal memoir to illustrate and ratify their competing views on drugs and addiction, both books crystallize contemporary dilemmas about science, empiricism, and the nature of evidence and truth. How are we to understand their mix of "scientific fact" and individual self-observation, what does this mix suggest about scientific knowledge, and what are its implications for dominant notions of "evidence-based" drug policy and treatment? I argue that these books both trouble and reinforce our taken-for-granted distinctions between science and personal stories, between objectivity and subjectivity, and note the lost opportunities the books represent for a more searching and productive (Latour might say "ecological") engagement with science.

High Price

Author : Carl Hart
ISBN : 9780141967523
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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High Price by Carl Hart is a groundbreaking work on neuroscience and addiction As a youth, Carl Hart didn't see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. At the same time, he was immersed in street life, dealing drugs and committing petty larceny. Today, he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our understanding of addiction. In this provocative and eye-opening memoir, he recalls his journey of self-discovery, how he escaped a life of crime and drugs and avoided becoming one of the crack addicts he now studies. Interweaving past and present, Hart goes beyond the hype as he examines the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs and explain why current policies are failing. But while Hart escaped the ghetto, he has not turned his back on it. Determined to make a difference, he tirelessly applies his science to help save real lives. But balancing his former street life with his achievements today has not been easy-a struggle he reflects on publicly for the first time. Homocide (the inspiration for The Wire) meets Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat, this book applies neuroscience to crime, addiction and the most urgent and destructive issues of our times. Carl Hart is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a Research Scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He and his work are featured in Eugene Jarecki's acclaimed documentary The House I Live In. The film examines the war on drugs and highlights some of the research that Hart includes in High Price. He lives in New York City.

Finished Business

Author : Patrick Dust
ISBN : 9781478789116
Genre : Medical
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Ever wondered about the connection between psychological and physical illness? We sense that the mind and the body don’t exist in separate spheres, that at some deep level they are fused and interrelate constantly in our daily lives. Finished Business takes our curiosity about this reality to a new level with a passionate focus on two psychosomatic phenomena: fibromyalgia syndrome and an eating disorder. The roots of these conditions are examined in one person’s experience of complex childhood trauma. Employing the interdisciplinary lens offered by the powerful new method of Neuropsychoanalysis, this volume confronts head on the realities of early abuse, lost love, identity dysregulation, and physical illness. Reaching beyond, it forges a means for repair, a healthy autonomy, and an experience of recovery. The memoir of Part One opens up wounds from the past and confronts the demons of childhood. Part Two describes a post-therapy period in which the examined life yields the first fruits of a recovery. Part Three engages some of the most exciting, cutting-edge knowledge of the brain available today and connects critical issues concerning trauma and health with a nascent neuroscience of the whole person. Part Four, titled “Afterthoughts,” deals with memory reconsolidation, epigenetics, dissociation, and the creative unconscious. Finished Business will appeal to those who know the rigors of mind/body challenges, to clinicians, researchers, and indeed, to anyone who has pondered the enigmas of our mesmerizing body/brain/mind existence.

Insomniac

Author : Gayle Greene
ISBN : 0520246306
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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