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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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Defining Addiction: A Battleground of Opinions 1
Chapter 2 A Brain Designed for Addiction 27
Chapter 3 When Craving Comes to Power: Natalie's Story 47
Chapter 4 The Tunnel of Attention: Brian's Romance with Meth 71
Chapter 5 Donna's Secret Identity 95
Chapter 6 Johnny Needs a Drink 117
Chapter 7 Nothing for Alice: The Double-Edged Sword of Self-Control 139
Chapter 8 Biology, Biography, and Addiction 161
Chapter 9 Developing Beyond Addiction 193