Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough

Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough

by Omar Manejwala
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Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough by Omar Manejwala

A nationally recognized expert on compulsive behaviors explains the phenomenon of craving and gives us tools to achieve freedom from our seemingly insatiable desires by changing our actions to remap our brains.

When we find ourselves wanting something strong enough, we’ll do just about anything to get it—sometimes at the expense of our bodies, brains, bank accounts, and relationships. So why do we sometimes have the irrepressible feeling that we need something—such as food, cigarettes, alcohol, or sex—that we really just want? And how do we satiate that feeling without indulging it? In Craving, Omar Manejwala, M.D., translates the neurobiology of this phenomenon into real and accessible terms, explaining why we just can’t seem to get enough. He then gives us tools and guidance to find satisfaction without giving in to our cravings. Dr. Manejwala explains:how and why our brain drives behaviorhow to change the part of our brain that fuels our cravingsthe warning signs that craving is evolving into addictionwhy craving is the most difficult component of addiction to addresswhy self-help and spiritual groups that use models like the Twelve Steps are so effective at changing behaviors, receiving encouragement, and remaining accountable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616492625
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 829,365
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Omar Manejwala, MD, is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of Catasys in Los Angeles, California, and is the former medical director at Hazelden Foundation. Dr. Manejwala is a transformative public speaker and appears frequently in the national media to address the topic of addiction.

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Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
rdlcsw More than 1 year ago
informative for professionals and those persons with compulsive/addiction disorders
kbaby920 More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to get into this book. While many like myself crave for things, it is hard to understand why and how it can be an unbearable occurance. I am a mother, I remember back during my pregnancies my friends never understood why I had the urge to eat “Mustard” or why if anyone touched my flaming cheetos chips I’d be so quick to tell them off. While that phase was very understandable, I found myself intrigued about how I still had cravings even after my pregnancies were long over. Dr. Omar Manejwala not only breaks it down for his readers, he gives infinite insight and details into this natural phenomenon that most people mistake as a minor thing, when it can be more than that. Dr. Omar Manejwala also gives the reader insight into harmful addictions and why they are so uneasy to cure, why the addicts have relapses and how the brain can set these addicts up for failure. I had never thought that much about my compulsive eating and I can admit I have been one to self diagnose and be like “oh I’m fine after I eat my craving I wont take in any more bad calories, I can manage this” but after reading Craving, I was able to not only embrace the faults and set backs I have given myself, but also appreciate that I am not alone, I have tools now thanks to Dr. Manejwala, and can work on finally knocking that hump off my shoulder. For any one who has a family member or friend suffering from an addiction that is both harmful to their health as well as affecting the structure of the relationship, I highly recommend this book. Because you will gain a better understanding of the disease and the affected persons mind set, you will also understand why they keep bouncing back and falling under the drugs spell worse off than they had done before. Craving is not only a guide, but a constructive tool in understanding the human mind and how to overcome certain obstacles one may face with addiction whether it is food or alcohol. And for those who do not believe food is an addiction, I dare you to pick up this book and think again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It open my eyes and mind to see where my cravings come from
kitcatlyon More than 1 year ago
As an author myself, it was important to me as I read this book as a "writer & author," but as the person I am in 7 years of recovery from addicted gambling & alcohol. Omar clearly addressed the hurdles of "triggers and urges" as all people with any addiction struggle with, especially in early recovery. Yes, you can call them "Cravings" as that puts it in line with the addictive habits and behaviors we seem to repeat over and over again to get hopefully get a different out come. I found it interesting on what he shared about our brain chemicals & area's that are most effected with repetitive usage from addictions and how finally someone incorporated Mental & emotional disorders that can be left behind for the person when they get clean. I have 2 mental disorders myself from certain area's of over use for "Pleasure & Reward" and now suffer from Panic with Agoraphobia and Attention deficit which my psychiatrist & my primary Doctor both agreed after tests and an MRI scan, that these came directly from my addictions. So I commend Omar for sharing this in his book. They tools and life skills he writes about are a must in any recovery! I really enjoyed this book, and it has a lot of good information. And that's why I gave this book a 5 star rating. I would recommend it to anyone in recovery and those who just want to be informed. Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago