Part 2: Treatment for addiction, not disease

As promised, here’s Part 2. But note that this section (on implications for treatment) is based on eight and a half chapters you haven’t read yet. To distill some of the main points is tricky, but here goes: Addiction is maintained by an entrenched set  of connections between the striatum — the part of the […] (Read the rest.)

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Toward an alternative approach: But first a word from our sponsor

Our sponsor is the brain, of course. So, before getting to Part 2, here’s an important message, also excerpted from the final chapter:   The term neuroplasticity has been bandied around a lot in recent years, but it’s been understood for at least a century. In Donald Hebb’s (1940s) memorable words: What fires together wires […] (Read the rest.)

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What’s wrong with treating the “disease” of addiction?

So I got the manuscript back from my main editor (who works for the publisher), and to my horror the right margin was swarming with little purple boxes containing suggested revisions. This was only for Chapter 9, mind you. Everything else was pristine by now. Still, I really thought there would be little left to […] (Read the rest.)

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Happy New Year! Coming up: Book of the year

Hi my lovelies! I want to wish you a very very good and in fact wonderfully happy and even exemplary new year! We flew into Amsterdam this morning. No sleep last night. The scary thing, after trying to bid the van-taxi driver down below his 200-euro fixation, was cruising along the freeway, wife and kids […] (Read the rest.)

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Fitting the learning curve to real-life addiction

So here’s the resolution that occurred to me. The problem was that the learning curve that describes addiction onset is often unusually steep — what I’ve called accelerated learning. But the biographies I include in the book, and other tales of addiction sent my way, sometimes show a gradual onset — a period of coasting […] (Read the rest.)

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