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By Robert L DuPont M.D.

Why is the mind so susceptible to the consequences of alcohol and different medicinal drugs? How does habit echo via households, cultures, and background? what's it that households and groups do to advertise or hinder habit? those are many of the questions that this thorough, considerate, and well-reasoned publication answers--in transparent, understandable phrases. From the fundamentals of mind chemistry to the workings of specific medicinal drugs reminiscent of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, The egocentric mind explains how members and groups develop into trapped in harmful habits--and how quite a few remedies and techniques result in restoration and full, fit lives. A training psychiatrist, Robert L. Dupont, M.D., is a medical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown collage college of medication in Washington, D.C. He used to be the 1st director of the nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse and a director of the White condo Drug Abuse Prevention place of work.

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Our failures are our major sources of learning. Our patients, friends, and families who get well teach us little. When we fail in our struggles to overcome addiction, despite our best efforts, we are forced by our pain to grow and to learn. Bless the failures in our lives, for they are our best teachers. This is a book of hope. Today's failures can always become tomorrow's successes. Having worked with addicts and their families for over twenty-five years, I have seen many long-delayed recoveries that are all the more precious for the high costs that had to be paid to achieve them.

DuPont's authority is second to none, and his conversational writing style makes even the technical parts of The Selfish Brain accessible to any interested reader. " Harry A. , Professor of Psychology Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado "Bob DuPont's book, The Selfish Brain, is a welcome, innovative, and comprehensive examination of chemical dependency and the problems of drug addiction.  . " Peter B. S. Drug Enforcement Administration "Dr. DuPont's book, The Selfish Brain, is a thoughtful, thorough, and inspiring book.

This Page xxxvii pot advocate teased me about what would have happened if I had gotten high and liked the experience. I never used any other illegal drug and never again used marijuana after the spring of 1962. " Although I was not as straight as he thought, I did not use illegal drugs as a youth. This said more about the period in which I grew up than it did about my youthful values. No one I knew in the 1950s in Toledo, Denver, or Atlanta, where I grew up, used anything other than alcohol and tobacco.

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