- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610391470
- ISBN-13: 978-1610391474
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs Reprint Edition
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Midwest Book Review
“A powerful survey recounting the author’s powerful addiction and how he broke an intense hold on drugs… This will appeal to a range of collections, from those strong in autobiographies to science and health holdings alike.”
review in January 1 issue:
“Developmental neuroscientist Lewis examines his odyssey from minor stoner to helpless, full-blown addict….as [he] unspools one pungent drug episode after another, he capably knits into the narrative an accessible explanation of the neural activity that guided his behavior. From opium pipe to orbitofrontal cortex, a smoothly entertaining interplay between lived experience and the particulars of brain activity.”
“Meticulous, evocative… Lewis’s unusual blend of scientific expertise, street cred, vivid subjectivity and searching introspection yields a compelling perspective on the perils and allure of addiction.”
Wall Street Journal
"Compelling…for readers grappling with addiction, Mr. Lewis's…approach might well be novel enough to inspire them to seek the happiness he now enjoys.”
Chronicle of Higher Education
“He proceeds deftly from episodes of his drug years to neuroscientific explanations of his brain's response to drugs.”
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I bought my son a copy of the book as well, which he initially ignored. However, he did finally pick it up and at least began reading it, saying that he was interested in learning what he was doing to his brain. I fear that Dr. Lewis doesn't do sufficient justice to the negative effects of these drugs, but rather seems (as I have noted that other former heavy drug users do) sometimes seems to almost fondly reminisce in his past drug use. I also felt that the book started out very strongly, but seemed a bit rushed at the end. I would have preferred to hear more about how his adoption of "no" as a philosophy enabled his recovery. His "lessons learned" seemed far too short given the seriousness of his addition.
All in all and enjoyable read. However I would be cautious in giving this to a young person with an early drug problem, as it may present addiction in a somewhat acceptable light. Having a nephew who died of a heroin overdose has taught me that the dangers of addition are very real, and often fatal.
Also makes it easier for one to respond to those suffering with an addiction with more compassion and understanding which is what they need most.