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Never Enough
Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction | Judith Grisel
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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.
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Bookjunkie57
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Came across this bookstore while at a local food festival today. Didn‘t get to go in because they were not open so I had to console myself with Mexican street corn and guava juice.

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mrozzz
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Mehso-so

Grisel proves her wisdom over & over, detailing the hows/whys of addiction, but it missed the mark for me. I guess I was hoping for more of a tell-all about this neuroscientist's own trial with addiction while she was much younger as she still lives to warn us nearly 30 years after getting sober, yet instead it read mostly like a textbook. I was glad to have this information in one place, broken up by her insights and allusions to her experiences.

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JenReadsAlot
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Former drug addict turned Neuroscientist - interesting read overall but some parts a little too technical for my brain!

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Kristy_K
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An eye-opening and informative book about addiction and neuroscience. Written by an addict turned PhD recipient, there were great insights along with well-researched data.

This is the perfect blend of science and memoir (leaning more toward the former) and I‘d recommend to anyone interested in learning more about addiction or drugs in general.

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

#netgalley #arc #addiction #science

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mrozzz
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Current view at the exquisitely gorgeous & peaceful Center for Fiction in Brooklyn 📖😌

Kalalalatja Lovely view! 4mo
mrozzz It really is!! Perfect space for reading/writing 🤗 @Kalalalatja 4mo
Zelma Ooh, very pretty! 4mo
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Jdroper
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Fascinating. How many formerly homeless addicts earn a PhD in neuroscience???