Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean

Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay CleanBy Walter Ling, MD

New World Library

How the brain gets and stays addicted is described by Ling, a neuropsychiatrist with 30 years of clinical practice and a pioneer in research. He begins by describing how the brain works and how addiction is a brain disease. Ling also provides information on detoxification and explains what happens during the detox process.

Relapse and relapse prevention techniques, including holistic methods, are also described in the book for readers who want to establish new patterns to create a substance-free life. Ling suggests the strategy S.T.O.P. (Stop, Take a few deep breaths, Observe, and Proceed). This technique will help individuals who are feeling strong physical or emotional reactions. He also examines emotions, which if taken to extremes, can cause problems and lead to inappropriate actions. Readers will find valuable information, based on the best scientific evidence available in the study of addiction.


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