Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs

A gripping, ultimately triumphant memoir that's also the most comprehensive and comprehensible study of the neuroscience of addiction written for the general public.

"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 what we don't have, or can't have, often at great cost to what we do have, thereby risking our peace and contentment, our safety, and even our lives?"

The answer, says Dr. Marc Lewis, lies in the structure and function of the human brain.

Marc Lewis is a distinguished neuroscientist. And, for many years, he was a drug addict himself, dependent on a series of dangerous substances, from LSD to heroin. His narrative moves back and forth between the often dark, compellingly recounted story of his relationship with drugs and a revelatory analysis of what was going on in his brain.

He shows how drugs speak to the brain - which is designed to seek rewards and soothe pain - in its own language. He shows in detail the neural mechanics of a variety of powerful drugs and of the onset of addiction, itself a distortion of normal perception.

Dr. Lewis freed himself from addiction and ended up studying it. At the age of 30 he traded in his pharmaceutical supplies for the life of a graduate student, eventually becoming a professor of developmental psychology, and then of neuroscience - his field for the last 12 years. This is the story of his journey, seen from the inside out.

Title:Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs
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  • Andrew

    I am a little boy rummaging, drawer after drawer. And there are drugs here. So many. Sure enough, drawers full of boxes, piled high, free samples. Must be. And ohhhh, there’s the Demerol. Multidose ...

  • Melody

    I loved this book. Lewis is a wonderful writer who does a great job of explaining exactly how the brain responds to various substances. He stepped me through the most intricate feedback loops with pat...

  • Morgan Blackledge

    Being a Gen Xer, I grew up politely listening to my narcissistic Baby Boomer elders prattle on ad nausem about the "good ol days" of the 60's and 70's. I can't tell you how many times I had to endure ...

  • Kathy

    This book is a strange blend. Most of it is straightforward memoir, but it's interspersed with quite detailed scientific information about the brain's functioning and processes as related to addiction...

  • Paul

    Excellent biography about a former drug user who stated on grass and alcohol and progressed to heroin and anything else he could steal.Amazing that he saw the light and was able to stop before causing...

  • Daniel Mauck

    This book is like two books in one. The first is an extremely well-written, gripping narrative of the author's struggle with drug addiction. At various points in the story, the author stops to describ...

  • Eric

    Solid storytelling with intermittent pauses to explain all the chemical and addiction processes the brain goes through with each. Though the formula could get a bit repetitive, the stance on the brain...

  • Karmelle

    Loved this book. Sometimes could really sense that I was reading the words of an older white man. Scattered sexism/racism in the telling of certain events make the author feel distant to a young or cu...

  • Ashlynn Faulkner

    Amazing memoir with scientific facts about the brain processes surrounding addiction that the author makes easy to understand!...

  • Bridget

    This is an interesting read. The science is fairly easy to grasp and his story of addiction and depression is relatable....