The Biology of Desire

Why Addiction Is Not a Disease
Author(s): Marc Lewis
Original Publish Date: Jul 14, 2015
Product Number: EB00700638
Released: Mar 15, 2017
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781610399173
Publisher: PublicAffairs
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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.

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Author(s): Marc Lewis
Narrator(s): Don Hagen
Product Number DD24443
Released: Feb 02, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781469095684

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