The selfish brain : learning from addiction

Published 1997
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The Selfish Brain: Learning From Addiction takes a comprehensive, no-holds-barred look at the easy path to drug addiction and the tough road to recovery. Written in an easy-to-understand style, this book can help people confront addiction in their own lives and in their families by exploring the biological roots of addiction and the way addicts are allowed to deny their addiction by compassionate, well-meaning people. Based on his experience as a specialist on addiction and as a policymaker, former drug czar Robert L. DuPont, M.D., advocates "tough-love" measures to strip away the denial that allows addicts to remain trapped in their destructive habit and place them on the road to recovery. He examines treatment options, especially 12-step programs, which he believes are the most effective path to recovery.

0880486864 (cloth : acid-free paper)
Publisher, Date:
Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Press, c1997.
xxxv, 553 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Publisher, pagination and printing dates may vary.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Thinking about addiction
Addiction to alcohol and other drugs
A world history of drug abuse
The brain and addiction
Gateway drugs: alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine
Heroin and other drugs of abuse
Overcoming addiction
The addict's career
Preventing addiction
Intervention and treatment
Twelve-step programs
The future of addiction.
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