Never Enough
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 ones, caregivers, and crafters of public policy.Addiction is epidemic and catastrophic. With more than one in every five people over the age of fourteen addicted, drug abuse has been called the most formidable health problem worldwide. If we are not victims ourselves, we all know someone struggling with the merciless compulsion to alter their experience by changing how their brain functions.Drawing on years of research--as well as personal experience as a recovered addict--researcher and professor Judy Grisel has reached a fundamental conclusion: for the addict, there will never be enough drugs. The brain's capacity to learn and adapt is seemingly infinite, allowing it to counteract any regular disruption, including that caused by drugs. What begins as a normal state punctuated by periods of being high transforms over time into a state of desperate craving that is only temporarily subdued by a fix, explaining why addicts are unable to live either with or without their drug. One by one, Grisel shows how different drugs act on the brain, the kind of experiential effects they generate, and the specific reasons why each is so hard to kick.Grisel's insights lead to a better understanding of the brain's critical contributions to addictive behavior, and will help inform a more rational, coherent, and compassionate response to the epidemic in our homes and communities.

Never Enough Details

TitleNever Enough
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ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherDoubleday Books
ISBN-139780385542845
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GenreNonfiction, Science, Psychology, Health, Mental Health

Never Enough Review

  • GONZA
    January 1, 1970
    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 ricaderci. Alcune cose le conoscevo, altre non tanto bene. Da leggere.THANKS EDELWEISS FOR THE PREVIEW!
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  • Henk-Jan van der Klis
    January 1, 1970
    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 authoritative guide through a taxonomy of stimulants, depressants, uppers and downers, alcoholics, plants, liquids, pills, and needles.Addiction today is epidemic and catastrophic. The personal and social consequences of 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 authoritative guide through a taxonomy of stimulants, depressants, uppers and downers, alcoholics, plants, liquids, pills, and needles.Addiction today is epidemic and catastrophic. The personal and social consequences of this widespread and relentless urge are almost too large to grasp. In the United States alone some 16 percent of the population aged twelve and above meet criteria for a substance use disorder. In purely financial terms, it costs more than five times as much as AIDS and twice as much as cancer. The book highlights the current knowledge neuroscience has brought on this topic. How are substances transmitted into cells, synapses and influence behavior, central nerve system, and impact movements, speech, memory, fetus' health, etcetera? When any drug has an effect, it's due to the drug's chemical actions on brain structures. For most drugs of abuse, we know precisely which structures are modified, and this gives us a really good start to understand how they make us feel the way they do. Yet, there's still much we don't know yet.The bottom line in is this book is that there can never be enough drug. Because of the brain's tremendous capacity to adapt, it's impossible for a regular user to get high, and the best a voracious appetite for more drug can hope to accomplish is to stave off withdrawal. This situation is best recognized as a dead end, in the most literal sense. But to wait for a biomedical or any outside cure is to miss asking questions of ourselves and considering our own role in the epidemic. While we are at it, instead of wringing our hands, we might try holding one another's.
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  • LittleSophie
    January 1, 1970
    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, I think, and prevented the book from ever feeling didactive.I really recommend this for an informed, sympathetic and emphatic view on the rising tide of addiction.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    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, neuroscientific, and public health issue. She wove in all of the intertwining factors beautifully and in an entertaining way. Highly recommend this book to anyone as the drug crisis is more urgent than ever.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    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 can be in any society, the personal/institutional costs, and stories of the author’s own experiences. Grisel grasps your hand at the beginning of each chapter to make a good impression and offer deep-cut philosophical th 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 can be in any society, the personal/institutional costs, and stories of the author’s own experiences. Grisel grasps your hand at the beginning of each chapter to make a good impression and offer deep-cut philosophical theory, then drops it to turn to a chalkboard filled with neurocogitive stats, only to turn around, snapping to get your attention, and luring you partway back in with another personal reference.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    As heard on the Science Magazine Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/sciencemag/...
  • Polly
    January 1, 1970
    A compelling, important read offering a uniquely new perspective of addiction.
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