The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery

James Butler (Author) Barbara Thompson (Author)
& 1 more


Is it possible to overcome the powerlessness of addiction? Joining forces to answer this age-old question, coauthors Anderson Spickard Jr., a doctor with over forty years' experience in addiction medicine, and James B., a recovering addict, candidly describe the harsh challenges and clearly outline the necessary steps toward healing and recovery.

Combining firsthand accounts and simplified medical insights, The Craving Brain addresses how adolescent binge drinking plays a role in the development of alcohol addiction, explains why addicts don't need to hit rock bottom before they can recover, and responds to some of the most compelling mysteries of addiction, including:

  • Why are some people at a higher risk?
  • Is an uncontrollable craving a moral failing or a brain injury?
  • Why can't addicts see their problem and just quit?
  • Are interventions helpful or dangerous?
  • How effective are twelve-step programs?
  • How is brain science transforming addiction recovery and improving treatment outcomes?

As hopeful as it is unapologetically realistic, this groundbreaking guide is a must-read for anyone who suffers from addiction or knows or works with addicted individuals. With courage, determination, and the right support, recovery is indeed possible.

Product Details

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publish Date
January 25, 2016
5.5 X 0.61 X 8.5 inches | 0.77 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr., MD, is a nationally recognized expert in addiction. He practiced medicine and taught at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for over forty years. His books include Dying for a Drink: What You and Your Family Should Know about Alcoholism and Stay with Me: Stories of a Black Bag Doctor.

James B. is a recovering addict with extensive experience working with men in the early stages of recovery as well as helping individuals of all ages who are at risk for addiction. He has a degree in engineering, an MA in leadership, and currently is the director of operations for a nonprofit. James also works as a conference coordinator for a men's organization.

Barbara R. Thompson is a writer, editor, and writing coach. A recipient of the Christopher Award, she coauthored Dying for a Drink with Dr. Spickard. She has cofounded schools for refugees and is the founder of Solutions for Interrupted Education, a nonprofit addressing the educational needs of children in war.