Anderson Spickard, Jr., and James Butler with Barbara R. Thompson
Uncontrollable craving for alcohol and other drugs. It is the mysterious and debilitating brain disorder that afflicts hundreds of millions of addicted individuals, with life-destroying fallout for family members, friends, colleagues and every part of civil society.
The argument about whether addiction is primarily a medical condition or a psychological and spiritual disorder is decades old, and many writers have argued for one side or the other. In The Craving Brain, Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr., a medical doctor with over forty years in addiction medicine, and co-author, James Butler, a recovering addict, join forces to illumine both the science and spirituality of addiction. Combining gripping first person stories, compelling, easy-to-understand medical information, and honest spiritual reflection, the authors shed light on some of addiction’s most compelling mysteries:
Why are some of us more at risk for addiction than others?
Is uncontrollable craving a moral failing—or brain injury?
Why can’t addicts see their problem and just quit?
Interventions—helpful or dangerous?
How is medical science transforming addiction recovery?
What research-based spiritual practices play a critical role in recovery?
The Craving Brain provides addicted individuals, as well as their family members, friends and colleagues with essential tools for moving beyond paralysis and misperceptions to informed and effective action. Like Dr. Spickard’s first book, Dying for a Drink: What You and Your Family Should Know About Addiction (a strong seller translated into many languages, including Russian and Mongolian), The Craving Brain is destined to become a classic.