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...
  • Sarah
    Mar 26, 2019
    Very interesting read. It was a bit more technical than I was expecting, but certainly remained quite readable. The more exacting details are already fading (does cocaine act on the receptors or the transporters? [I looked it up, it is the transporters]) but a-response and b-response a...
  • Sally
    Mar 23, 2019
    This book shares the personal story of the author, the biology and neuroscience of addiction, insights into the relationship of culture and drug use and addiction. Plus she shares the power of caring and love on motivation. The clarity with which she does all of this earns her a deserv...
  • Tycho Toothaker
    Apr 05, 2019
    This is a fabulous book that explains the neuroscience of addiction with exactly the amount of scientific information I wanted. Very clearly written. And it isn't afraid to admit it ignorance in areas where we don't know as much. In particular I appreciated the explanation of the a-pro...
  • 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 former hard 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?. Add...
  • GONZA
    Dec 01, 2018
    Interesting overview on addiction, mostly because told from the point of view of an ex-consumer. Some things I already knew, some other not really. To read. Interessante visione d'insieme sulle dipendenze, soprattutto perché raccontate da chi ci é passato e ancora lotta per non ri...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Jennifer Love
    Apr 07, 2019
    This book was incredibly insightful, illuminating the inner workings of addiction in a way that forces you to put yourself on the same level as everyone else with the concept that addiction is something we all struggle with in one or multiple forms. The world needs more books like this...
  • 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...
  • Dramatika
    Mar 02, 2019
    A fascinating study on addiction, perfect for a laymen, the best pop science book I?ve read this year ...
  • 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...
  • Hari Balaji
    Mar 11, 2019
    Judith Grisel's Never Enough is one of those rare books where the author-protagonist is able to talk about an ailment and draw from their experiences both as a sufferer and a scientist something that is missing in other books such as the Emperor of Maladies. It manages to be both perso...
  • 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...
  • Joseph
    Mar 23, 2019
    I was going to rate this four stars because some of the technical explanations were dense and dry (and beyond my comprehension of chemistry and biology), but I think Grisel did a wonderful job answering her thesis: what is addiction? What causes it? Which chemical compounds are higher ...
  • Ro Pannesi
    Mar 17, 2019
    Written by a neuroscientist in recovery, this book attempts to draw grand conclusions about the impact of chronic use of any drug on the brain. She makes good points, especially around the vulnerability of the adolescent brain to permanent deleterious changes. I was not always convince...
  • Robin Case
    Mar 10, 2019
    This isn't a subject that I normally read about so my impressions are those of someone new to the issue of addiction. I learned a very large amount about the biology of addiction. This book was easy to read and understand. The author writes as someone who has personal experience with a...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth Fish
    Mar 05, 2019
    Uber smart neuroscientist with first-hand knowledge This was a super interesting book that had loads of detail on what happens in the addicts brain depending on the drug. I am in awe of this authors ability to come out of deep addiction to study and teach about the brain and addict...
  • 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, ...
  • James Kelly
    Apr 11, 2019
    As someone in recovery and also with a background in cognitive psychology, I appreciated the two pronged approach the author takes to describing addiction. The cognitive/biological aspects can be read in depth or skimmed depending on reader's level of interest. Many stories of addict...