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Never Enough

The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction
Narrated by: Judith Grisel
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 14 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.

©2019 Judith Grisel (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Dr. Judith Grisel, a neuroscientist and a person in long term addiction recovery, juxtaposes stark examples from her own tortured past, methodically connecting each experience to the hard science of addiction neurobiology. Doing this captures our attention as we peer into one of the most complex puzzles of humankind. The science behind addiction comes alive in its sorrow and grandeur. When you pick up this book get ready for an intense ride.” (Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM; president-elect, American Society of Addiction Medicine)

“Grisel is a recovering addict, a neuroscientist, and a talented writer. Who better to help us understand drug addiction? This book is as informative as it is moving. Here you will find clearly explained science and a gripping account of the personal and societal toll of drug addiction.” (Martha J. Farah, PhD, director, Center for Neuroscience & Society, and Walter H. Annenberg professor in the natural sciences, University of Pennsylvania) 

“It is rare to have a book on addiction marry emotional and scientific views. Never Enough sends a message of hope in relaying Judith Grisel’s pathway out of her own drug quagmire - notably, one triggered by the positive and compassionate responses of those near and dear to her.” (Christopher J. Evans, PhD, director, Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology, UCLA)

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Grateful to remarkable author Judith Grisel's honest wisdom to reduce others suffering and her following her own advice so well to thank a very long list her supporters.

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fully loaded with information about most of the questions I have been wondering about. I am reading it for the second time.

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Up-to-date and informative

The story is amazing but true. Some of the terminology I struggled with but the basic idea she gets across through many examples. It is amazing this girl is alive but it's incredible that she survived and secured a PhD

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Very informative but somewhat technical.

Never realized how complicated having a drink was? Certainly helps me understand the trade offs.

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Awesome. I am so thankful for this book.

This is an amazing work. So well done in everything from research to story to composition to heart and soul. Highly recommended.

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Absolutely enthralling!

This is a must read for anyone struggling with addiction or anyone who knows someone that is. This is the most comprehensive book explaining addiction that I have ever come across. This is a game changer!

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Excellent in every way

Judith Grisel is work is a gift to those of us who have been touched by addiction. I have read it twice, bought it for my dear friends. An absolutely necessary read!

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