The Biology of Desire

  • by Marc Lewis, PhD
  • Narrated by Don Hagen
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 based on evidence that brains change with drug use. 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. Brains are designed to restructure themselves with normal learning and development, but this process is accelerated in addiction when highly attractive rewards are pursued repeatedly. Lewis shows why treatment based on the disease model so often fails and how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery, given the realities of brain plasticity. Combining intimate human stories with clearly rendered scientific explanation, The Biology of Desire is enlightening and optimistic listening for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally.

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Should be the neuroanatomy of desire

The information stimulated my striatum, traveled to my orbitofrontal complex, fermented in my prefrontal complex, then took the long voyage via the stercorotaural pathways to my celiac plexus, initiating a migrating motor complex. Then the author presented his opinions on addiction.
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- Brandon

Great read for any thinking person!

Wow, very interesting explanations on how people think and how addictive tendencies are just part of human behavior. On that note alone it's a good read, however if your dealing with someone who is an addict of any sort this book really helps in understanding why they act the way they do.
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- ryan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2015
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC