The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction

The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction

The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction

The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction


The Selfish Brain: Learning From Addiction takes a comprehensive, no-holds-barred look at the easy path to drug addiction and the tough road to recovery. Written in an easy-to-understand style, this book can help people confront addiction in their own lives and in their families by exploring the biological roots of addiction and the way addicts are allowed to deny their addiction by compassionate, well-meaning people. Based on his experience as a specialist on addiction and as a policymaker, former drug czar Robert L. DuPont, M.D., advocates "tough-love" measures to strip away the denial that allows addicts to remain trapped in their destructive habit and place them on the road to recovery. He examines treatment options, especially 12-step programs, which he believes are the most effective path to recovery.


Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is at the heart of many of the world's most difficult human problems, from crime and AIDS to health care costs and highway safety, from decreased productivity to family breakdown.Of all the many causes of these modern dilemmas, the one that is most susceptible to solution is addiction. Addiction, although cunning, baffling, and powerful, has within it the seeds of self-knowledge and a better life for individuals, families, and communities.

Robert L. DuPont, M.D., in his book The Selfish Brain, draws on his experience over the past quarter century in helping people learn about addiction.Here is a book that builds on the growing understanding of the biology of addiction to explore addiction in the family and in our communities. This book can help people confronting addiction in their own lives and in their families. It also can help our leaders develop policies to reduce the risks of addiction.

I first met Dr.DuPont in 1975 when he was the White House drug czar for my husband, President Gerald Ford.During my husband's administration, he also held the post of first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). At that time, the problem of addiction was considered to be concerned primarily with heroin addiction.One of the major achievements of the Ford administration was to curtail the flood of heroin then coming into the United States from Mexico.Another significant accomplishment was the development of a national drug treatment network led by NIDA.

Years later, after confronting my own problems with addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs, I established the Betty Ford Center to help others with addiction.Dr. DuPont's path crossed with mine again when he referred many of his patients to the Betty Ford Center for treatment.Recently, Dr.DuPont has worked . . .

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