The Biology of Desire

Why Addiction Is Not a Disease

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Publisher Description

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. 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. As a result, most treatment based on the disease model fails. Lewis shows how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery. This is enlightening and optimistic reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally.

GENRE
Health, Mind & Body
RELEASED
2015
July 14
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
PublicAffairs
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
3.4
MB

Customer Reviews

hanakapiai ,

Superb

An absolutely excellent book that reads almost like a page-turner. As a clinical psychologist who has long been wary of the shaming, punitive, and disempowering interventions so often employed in addiction “treatment," I found it incredibly refreshing to read about the latest addiction neuroscience. But the book is far from dry, academic, technical jargon; it is rich with humanity and compassion - the author interweaves five real addiction histories with the corresponding biological mechanisms of addiction to great effect. His insights lay the foundation for a radical shift in society’s perception of addictive behavior, as well as the best ways to intervene.

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