Analysis Of Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain

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Memoirs of an Addicted Brain is an autobiographical novel that follows the stages of Mark Lewis’s life as an addict. Lewis begins the novel from when he was a young boy exploring the effects alcohol had on his behavior, then a young student experimenting with psychoactive drugs in San Francisco, becoming a heroin addict, and finally overcoming his extreme opiate addiction and becoming a respectable neuroscientist. His journey from the age of fifteen to thirty involves taking every drug he could get his hands on in order to feed his intensifying addiction. The main question that comes to mind after reading his book is how he managed to overcome his addiction. There are multiple treatments whose main goal is to help addicts; some which are based …show more content…
This treatment program is based on operant conditioning in that it involves rewarding the healthy activities of the addict and removing the rewards from unhealthy ones. It also requires the participation of family members or friends of the addict in order to aid the person in his or her recovery and prevent relapse. CRAFT teaches the addict 's loved one 's how to deal with the situation they have and how to help. It is a fairly successful program (Roozen & De Waart & Van Der Kroft,2010) which involves allowing the negative consequences of addiction to affect the addict. This is something that Lewis himself went through on his own before he finally quit. Before he quit for good, he had been alone and flirting with the idea of suicide, caring only about how to get more Demerol or cocaine. At that point, he chose life, despite the fact that he was on his own. He decided that nothing could be worse than how he felt at that moment, thus he said no and kept saying it to himself, reinforcing the idea that a better life could be waiting for him if he trusts …show more content…
Drug addiction is a very complicated matter which involves many aspects. All of these aspects have to be tackled in order break the addiction. As Mark Lewis stated in a TED Talk he did in May of 2013, “the treatment programs for addiction nowadays seem to stress pretty much the opposite, instead of trusting yourself they often emphasize giving your trust to a higher power -whether that’s God, or the group, or the doctor- seeing yourself as having a disease so you’re kind of helpless. The help addicts need is help in finding a part of themselves that they can trust”. Lewis 's words state the most important aspect of treatment, trust in oneself. If trust is missing, the probability of relapse is greater. Lewis 's book provides a great insight into the mind of an addict from the early stages of addiction until the final "no" and the most important matter that I see is how he finally trusted himself and reinforced the idea that it is possible to become and stay sober by thinking that "if it 's possible, that means I can do it" (Lewis, 2011, p.

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