Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction

Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction

From a renowned behavioral neuroscientist and recovered drug addict, an authoritative and accessible guide to understanding drug addiction: clearly explained brain science and vivid personal stories reveal how addiction happens, show why specific drugs--from opioids to alcohol to coke and more--are so hard to kick, and illuminate the path to recovery for addicts, loved ones, caregivers, and crafters of public policy.

Addiction is epidemic and catastrophic. With more than one in every five people over the age of fourteen addicted, drug abuse has been called the most formidable health problem worldwide. If we are not victims ourselves, we all know someone struggling with the merciless compulsion to alter their experience by changing how their brain functions.

Drawing on years of research--as well as personal experience as a recovered addict--researcher and professor Judy Grisel has reached a fundamental conclusion: for the addict, there will never be enough drugs. The brain's capacity to learn and adapt is seemingly infinite, allowing it to counteract any regular disruption, including that caused by drugs. What begins as a normal state punctuated by periods of being high transforms over time into a state of desperate craving that is only temporarily subdued by a fix, explaining why addicts are unable to live either with or without their drug. One by one, Grisel shows how different drugs act on the brain, the kind of experiential effects they generate, and the specific reasons why each is so hard to kick.

Grisel's insights lead to a better understanding of the brain's critical contributions to addictive behavior, and will help inform a more rational, coherent, and compassionate response to the epidemic in our homes and communities.

Title:Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction
ISBN:9780385542845

    Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction Reviews

  • Morgan Blackledge

    Author Judith Grisel is a former heavy drug addict who got clean in the 80s and became a neuroscientist in search of a cure for addiction.Now, 40 some years later, she’s all but thrown in the towel ...

  • Henk-Jan van der Klis

    After years of experience as drugs addict, Judith Grisel got sober and embraced the chance to scientifically study the mechanisms underneath addictive substances, and their consequences on behavior. ...

  • GONZA

    Interesting overview on addiction, mostly because told from the point of view of an ex-consumer. Some things I already knew, some other not really. To read.Interessante visione d'insieme sulle dipende...

  • LittleSophie

    That was a really informative and engaging book about the neurological implications and pecularities of addiction and specific drugs. The author mixes easy to follow scientific explanations with more ...

  • Lindsay Nixon

    STOP, read Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma if you want to learn about addiction/neurology r...

  • Kari

    Incredibly informative and insightful investigation of addiction from the perspective of a recovering addict and neuroscientist. I enjoyed Grisel's ability to put the isolation of addiction into conte...

  • Kristine

    Never Enough by Judith Grisel is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early February.Perpetual addiction as a way to escape day to day reality and the tight grasp of mental illness, as well as the ne...

  • Ian

    Grisel does two things really well in this book. She gets to the marrow of what an addict's life is because she lived it before she found recovery and got her professional credentials. She also, in ve...

  • Dramatika

    A fascinating study on addiction, perfect for a laymen, the best pop science book I’ve read this year...

  • Elizabeth

    As heard on the Science Magazine Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/sciencemag/......