Dr Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist, professor, bestselling author, and one of the world’s leading experts on the neuroscience of addiction. In his academic work, he has authored or co-authored more than fifty journal articles, and for many years was a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Toronto before retiring.
In recent years, he has focused on making his work more accessible to a wider audience through public talks and interviews. He is the author of two bestselling books on addiction: “Memoirs of an Addicted Brain” and “The Biology of Desire”, a book which Dr Gabor Mate argues “effectively refutes the disease model of addiction.”
In this wide ranging conversation, we cover:
- Mark’s background and his own early struggles with addiction
- Why traumas (particularly in early life) often lead to addictive behaviour
- What happens in the brain during addiction
- Why internal family systems therapy offers an effective solution
- How developing a stronger connection to your “future self” can help overcome addiction
And a whole lot more.
You can learn more about Marc’s work on his website: www.memoirsofanaddictedbrain.com/