Anne takes us on a technical journey through the neuropathways of addiction – some we know like alcohol, drugs, and sex – and some we don’t. The more discreet ones capture my attention – reading, exercise, and cold water. She addresses how we have built a society addicted to pleasure, and the balance between pleasure and pain has been upset. She writes through her patients stories, as a doctor working with addicts, which make this an easy read filled with interesting points. If you are looking at how your life can be different there is much to pause and consider as you read about these people. As examples that I’m contemplating: “Empathy without accountability is a shortsighted attempt to relieve suffering” and “Truth telling engenders a plenty mindset. Lying engenders a scarcity mindset.”

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