Neuroscientist Marc Lewis on His Drug Addiction


 

Neuroscientist Marc Lewis On His Drug Addiction – Neuroscientist Marc Lewis is a former drug addict. He talks about his descent into addiction, how he finally got clean and why he’ll always be an addict. His book is “Memoirs of an Addicted Brain”.

 

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19 Responses to Neuroscientist Marc Lewis on His Drug Addiction

  • colourmegone says:

    Call me back when you can change the colour of your eyes through? your free will. You can buy coloured contact lenses, but your will has no effect on reality.
    For all philosophical matters on YouTube I recommend Dr Jason J Campbell (/user/drjasonjcampbell). For further research I suggest the findings of neuroscience, which is demonstrating how our conciousness is based on our physiology. There are some excellent neuroscience videos on YouTube.

  • grimslider75 says:

    Woah there, no choice? I’m not afraid to believe it, but other than Sam Harris,? can you recommend any other authors who go into detail about free will, that you’ve found insightful?

  • Thetonemaster1 says:

    I actually like drugs…soo party on? me!!

  • geppegep says:

    they can get another “addiction” that is for example a hobby,? sports or computer games so you can get a natural high and pleasure instead of taking drugs

  • colourmegone says:

    I refused to answer your questions because they’re irrelevant to the argument. Certainly genetic predisposition isn’t the whole story but without it the problem wouldn’t even exist. And the fact that you use language like “responsible human being” & “right choices” shows you are suffering? from the vices of self righteousness and ignorance.
    If you’re going to use your “free will to… ignore me” why bother to tell me about it?

  • AsifIcarebear3 says:

    “No one can stop being an addict, they can only control the problem”
    I? never said they could stop being addicts. When you refuse to argue with me, ignore my questions and instead just regurgitate your opinion, I’ll use my free will to simply ignore you.

  • colourmegone says:

    And once again we tread the circuitous path of the free will argument. Round? and round it goes and where it stops nobody knows.
    Addicts need treatment, the mechanisms of addiction are only imperfectly understood. No one can stop being an addict, they can only control the problem with life long support.
    And half baked self help ideology has never solved anyone’s problems, except for those who make money off publishing such hogwash.

  • AsifIcarebear3 says:

    And at no point do you think? the drinker, who is on the path of becoming an addict, is able to realise this and making appropriate changes in due time? Or do you think the concept of responsibility is genetic? You must, otherwise you could not hold the beliefs you do.
    Do you not acknowledge that environment can alter a person? That a good upbringing can produce a responsible human being; a strong human being, who is capable of making right choices, thereby going against his would-be addiction?

  • colourmegone says:

    I have already given you plenty. If you care to research the subject further by reviewing the work of experts and scientists feel free. But let’s take alcoholism, one of the most common addictions, as an example. A large section of the population drinks. They find it a pleasurable experience and have few long term? ill effects. Alcoholics are clearly exceptional cases so there must be a reason for that: genetic predisposition over which they have no control.

  • AsifIcarebear3 says:

    Saying? that addicts are, in the end, the only ones who can truly stop being addicts, is a half baked idea, and saying that addicts are 100% without any blame whatsoever isn’t? You must be taking some drugs yourself, as simple reality is proving you incredibly, excrutiatingly wrong.
    While I find this tremendously tedious at this moment, I am prepared to just call it end of discussion, but I’ll give you a chance to give me at least a shred of explanation for your downright stupid opinion.

  • colourmegone says:

    And for the last time you won’t make ANY progress in anything unless you recognise the truth and urge others to? do so. Your self-righteous attitude about addiction, and doubtless other social and individual ills, is the main stumbling block to human progress. Only when we take an objective, scientific view of reality is progress in any form possible.
    No one said addicts can’t be aided, they need professional treatment, not half baked ideas put forward by opinionated fools.

  • AsifIcarebear3 says:

    For the 10th time: You won’t get any progress done if you tell addicts that they’re not in control. Then who the hell is? The only? person on the planet who can stop an addict from using their drugs in the long run is the addicts itself. Am I saying they can’t be aided? Of course not. But when all is said and done, the addict him- or herself is the one who has to put down the bottle/needle/whatever. Tell him he can’t do anything himself and he’ll just wait around, hoping for help, doing nothing.

  • colourmegone says:

    Comparing cancer to drug addiction? isn’t “insanely stupid”. Addicts don’t know they’re going to become addicted any more than cancer patients know they’re going to get cancer. The only difference is that an addiction is for life. We can now cure many forms of cancer but not addiction. Perhaps if we start looking at it as a disease, which is what it is, instead of a personal failing we’ll finally start to make some progress in curing it.

  • AsifIcarebear3 says:

    My point was that comparing addicts to cancer patients was insanely stupid, as many cancer patients have no idea that they’ll get it. Addiction? is completely and wholly self-inflicted. Who forced the addicts into drinking, or smoking, or snorting their drug? No one, except themselves. The cure also happens to stem from themselves; stopping. Most cancer patients cannot just stop having cancer by not doing X
    Saying addicts have no power over their situation is both false and tremendously unhelpful

  • colourmegone says:

    “but as far as I know cancer mostly comes out of the blue” not only stupid but ignorant. Breast cancer for example, is traceable through families; i.e. a genetic condition, like pattern? baldness.

  • AsifIcarebear3 says:

    Are you trolling or are you just trying very hard to be stupid? Obviously some cancers come down to your lifestyle – like lung cancer often does – but as far as I know cancer mostly comes out of the blue. You can’t help it. Addiction on the other hand is 100% your own fault. You drank too much, you smoked too much, took too much more hardcore? drugs. How do you treat cancer as a patient? You’re mostly passive, with some lifestyle changes. Addiction? It’s up to -you-. No one else. Treatment: stop.

  • colourmegone says:

    “And again you don’t encourage people to take matters in their own hands” You’re absolutely 100% correct! You get the point, finally. The average cancer patient has no idea of the best treatment for the disease, neither does the average addict. When you take the treatment of? such conditions “into your own hands” you’re leaving yourself open to quackery and, ultimately. futility.

  • AsifIcarebear3 says:

    And again you don’t encourage people to take matters into their own hands – which is where they will end up when all is said and done? – and simply stop using their drug. In exactly what way does it help with reigning in the addiction to tell addicts: “You can’t help it. You’re powerless against your addiction.”? You’ve yet to answer this, despite the fact I’ve asked it several times.
    Furthermore, have you never met people with real strength of character who stopped smoking overnight?

  • colourmegone says:

    And again you can’t “break” an addiction, any more than you can change the colour of your skin. You can seek treatment and work on controlling it but you will never? be rid of it.

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