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 one From a renowned behavioral neuroscientist and recovered drug addict, an authoritative and accessible guide to understandi...

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Title:Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction
Author:Judith Grisel
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0385542844
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Feb 23, 2019
    As heard on the Science Magazine Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/sciencemag/... ...
  • Ian
    Mar 05, 2019
    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 very helpful chapters, describes what the specific drugs do to our brains. So enlighteni...
  • Lindsay Nixon
    Mar 16, 2019
    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 re: addiction. I have never been so disappointed by a book. It's a weird book in th...
  • Morgan Blackledge
    Mar 04, 2019
    Author Judith Grisel is a recovered 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 on that project. There is no cure. There may never be a ?cure?. Addic...
  • Connie Hall
    Mar 30, 2019
    Utterly fascinating. As a sober/clean person for many years now, I loved her succinct explanation of each class of drugs and how they work and then stop working. I thought that I was pretty well versed in this area, but found myself learning a lot. I highly recommend! ...
  • Kristine
    Feb 19, 2019
    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 neurological side of being addicted to different kinds of drugs, how prevalent it ca...
  • Denise
    Apr 22, 2019
    Reads more like a textbook which became a bit monotonous. I much prefer the book Dopesick by Beth Macy for a look at addiction, but it was interesting to hear the authors reflections on her own experience with drugs and addiction. This book would probably be more interesting for those ...
  • Polly
    Nov 12, 2018
    A compelling, important read offering a uniquely new perspective of addiction. ...
  • Dan Wilbur
    Mar 23, 2019
    Helped me understand drugs I?ve mindlessly put in my body for my whole life. Personal, interesting, important. Some of the explanations of how the brain works, understandably, were difficult to understand. Gets a little too technical at times in that sense but if you have patience, y...
  • Alice
    Mar 09, 2019
    Excellent and accessible account of the complexity of addiction from a personal, but mostly scientific perspective. Brilliant. ...
  • Lupe
    Apr 27, 2019
    I like books that make me feel like a 17 year old geeky boy diving into stuff only mildly mentioned in the biology and chemistry textbooks. Yes, partly because I wasn?t, but also because of the accessibility and the lightness with which Prof. Judith Grisel dwells on the serious and c...
  • Rachel
    Jun 19, 2019
    I have mixed feelings about this book. I'm interested in the physiology, psychology, and sociology of addiction. The author covers that, I assume well, up to the current state of the art, which is that we don't know near as much as we'd like. I guess that's obvious; as a culture, we ar...
  • Henk-Jan van der Klis
    Jan 11, 2019
    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. Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction is her accessible and autho...
  • Jocelyn
    Jun 07, 2019
    Everyone should read this book. Admittedly I didn?t always understand the neuroscience she was describing, I did however walk away with a better comprehension of the opponent process theory and understanding of drug and alcohol addiction. She touches both on legal (proscription drugs...
  • Dramatika
    Mar 02, 2019
    A fascinating study on addiction, perfect for a laymen, the best pop science book I?ve read this year ...
  • Camelia Rose
    May 31, 2019
    One quarter of memoir and three quarters of neuroscience, Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction is by far the best popular science book about substance addiction I've read. The author Judith Grisel had been a heavy drug-addict. She started drinking alcohol at age o...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 20, 2019
    3.5 stars - former drug addict turned Neuroscientist who studies addiction. Interesting read - some of it was a little too technical for me. ...
  • Michele
    Jun 25, 2019
    Best book on addiction I've read to date. A perfect balance of science and personal story to illustrate brain function through drug/alcohol exposure and into addiction. Each drug has its own chapter and reads quickly. As an alcoholic, I especially appreciated the time she spent dealing...
  • Cymric
    Jun 02, 2019
    I read this book straight through in a weekend. It is a fascinating and methodical examination of drugs by category, such as depressants, hallucinogens, stimulants, cigarettes, marijuana, and so on. Grisel shows how these drugs affect brain function, and offers fascinating insights int...
  • Kim
    Apr 12, 2019
    I liked how the book included the author's own experience with addiction. It made the book more personal and less academic. The author got into the field of neuroscience to find a cure for addiction, because of her own experiences. The book's main focus is on what is known about how...
  • Kristy K
    Mar 25, 2019
    3.5 Stars 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. A lot of pieces of information I didn?t know and having Grisel?s personal experience interjected...
  • Judy G
    Jun 15, 2019
    I cannot say enough praise for this book and the author Judith Grisel. I think she wants to downplay how she transformed herself and her life and her relationships as the book memoir is not intended as having that theme of Recovery. I myself was not a drug addict and yet I was someon...
  • LittleSophie
    Nov 27, 2018
    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 colloquial musings about her own experience with addiction, which worked really well, ...
  • Sarah Bradley
    Mar 31, 2019
    I'm always tentative to read books about neuroscience. Having studied the subject in college, usually mainstream books about neuroscience are too watered down and I feel as though I'm not really learning much. This book was the perfect balance between presenting the topic of addiction ...
  • Travis Lupick
    Mar 13, 2019
    This is not a review but is based on an interview I had with the author. It was originally published in the Georgia Straight newspaper. Judith Grisel enjoyed using drugs. Cannabis, especially. ?In many ways my relationship with the drug was among the purest and most wonderful relat...
  • Mel
    Apr 15, 2019
    I had to really take my time with this one... Grisel proves her wisdom over and over, detailing the hows and whys of addiction specific to different drugs, but it missed the mark I was hoping it would land on in the end. I guess it's that I was hoping for more of a tell-all about this ...
  • Michelle
    Jul 19, 2019
    Written from the perspective of a former addict and neuroscientist studying the causes of addiction, this book explains how different substances act on the brain and the brain's reaction to the substance by making changes to itself in order to bring it back into balance. While there ma...
  • Elysse
    Apr 09, 2019
    This entirely scientific while also completely relevant novel taught me a lot about addiction from the perspective of a neuroscientist, but also from a former addict. Grisel knows exactly how it feels to go through addiction, and yet understands it not just as a crisis but as a scienti...
  • Kari
    Jan 25, 2019
    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 context with social movements and the rise of capitalism. Addiction is a personal, social, ...
  • LEIITIS
    Jun 23, 2019
    From start to finish this was such a beautifully, complex, insightful memoir/scientific book on addiction. Grisel has such a way with words. The writing alone is a reason to read it. She ties in her own experience with addiction while describing in detail the mechanisms behind diff...