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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Dec 10, Morgan Blackledge rated it it was amazing. So any way, I'm really fuckin' busy and I don't really feel like writing when I'm not busy which is like never. I'm not bragging or complaining. Life is good, but not awesomely so.

This is just a roundabout way of saying that this book The Thirteenth Step is so good that I felt compelled to write this lame AF review. For those of you Steppers out there. This is an unfortunate title, and it's not about what you are thinking it's about. For those of you who are not familiar with Step vernacular, the 13th step is to have sex with another person in Step usually a new-comer, ewww.

It's about science. Sorry about that.

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I know how you Step guys hate science ohhhhhhh disss. That's all I have. I'm going to go eat carbs and take a nap now. Read this book.

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Nov 28, David Bird rated it liked it. Most importantly, he offers a scientific basis for the disease model of addiction and explaining the physiology of the disease. Yet his limits are constantly present. For Marcus Heilig comes across as almost the stereotype of an MD: he is absorbed in what he knows is a noble and humane pursuit, yet more concerned with humanity than humans. He finds the politics of his own profession fascinating—who won or did not win! Chapters begin with vignettes drawn from clinical experience, but these seem to be important to him for what science they supported, what thoughts were provoked in him, what they taught him as cases rather than as individuals.

The closest he comes to sharing the experience of an adict is in his own encounter with the euphoria of morphine. I was mentally comparing this author with van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, who conveys, in stories that similarly introduce chapters, that he is a student of individuals, learning from what works for them: he moves between anecdote and data in a way that honors the respective strengths of each. For Heilig, in contrast, individuals seem too much to be data points.

Engagement with that reality would have produced a stronger and more nuanced book. For example, he dismisses self-medication as an aetiology based on clinical data without engaging with why it is such a pervasive and powerful explanation among people with addictions. Data and anecdote are different things, but a good data-based theory that contradicts a mass of anecdote offers some explanation of the disparity.

The virtues of this book may allow it to help people with addictions better understand themselves, and medical professionals to support them more effectively. But, ultimately, I found myself glad to be done with it. View 2 comments. Oct 23, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: mental-health , neuro-cog-sci.

It was interesting to read this book 3 years into doing alcohol addiction research and having been to 2 alcohol conferences.

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Heilig effectively summarizes current and historical theories of addiction. He points out flaws in current treatment plans and draws attention to the fact that alcohol addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that typically can't be fixed with one detox. He acknowledges that AA and other 12 step programs have ignored or scorned medications like Naltrexone, which can help It was interesting to read this book 3 years into doing alcohol addiction research and having been to 2 alcohol conferences.

We learn its history from the times of ancient Greece, then are transported to Russia with the manufacture of vodka. In showing the human side, he draws us into his patient stories in a way few can resist.

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During the discussion, Heilig tackles some difficult questions: What causes someone to become addicted or dependent while others do not? Does this mean they are somehow different to others who are not ensnared by this trap? Should addiction be treated as a disease?

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What about those who never seek treatment? It is well-balanced, thorough, and challenging, inducing empathy in members of the public and those working in the field alike. Anne Parfitt-Rogers is a medical and science writer whose work has appeared in such publications as the British Medical Journal. She currently edits the Medical and Defence Union of Scotland FYi magazine for junior doctors and writes for HealthFriends, a health social networking website.


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