False Messengers: How Addictive Drugs Change the Brain

False Messengers: How Addictive Drugs Change the Brain

by David P. Friedman, Sue Rusche
     
 

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This book provides a scientific explanation of drug abuse and addiction for the general public. It clarifies the meaning of concepts such as intoxication, physical dependence, and addiction, and describes the changes in the brain that underlie these states. Indeed, this volume is unique because it presents a comprehensive picture of what actually happens to people

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This book provides a scientific explanation of drug abuse and addiction for the general public. It clarifies the meaning of concepts such as intoxication, physical dependence, and addiction, and describes the changes in the brain that underlie these states. Indeed, this volume is unique because it presents a comprehensive picture of what actually happens to people and their brains when they chronically self-administer opiates, stimulants or alcohol. Complex mechanisms of drug action in the brain are made simple and comprehensible to the layman through use of informative analogies and salient graphics. Accounts of the effects of drug use and abuse on normal people create meaningful, easy-to-relate-to examples from everyday life.

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Jamie Biswas
The authors offer a nonbiased, scientific evaluation about what drug addiction really is and how it affects the brain.
Nature
Mind-altering drugs do just that; they alter the brain's chemistry. False Messengers uses salient graphics and real-life anecdotes to show how addictive drugs change the brain. Complex mechanisms of drug action in the brain are made simple and easy to understand. With a foreword by Dr. Herbert Kleber, this book provides a powerful tool for learning about drugs and their effects on chronic substance abusers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789057025143
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/21/1999
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.64(d)

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