Book Review – Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction, by Judith Grisel, PhD

Judith Grisel, PdD became inspired to specialize in neuroscience after ten years of substance use and addiction. In Never Enough, she explains in layman’s terms how every drug can lead to addiction. She describes the 3 features present in addiction: craving, tolerance, and dependence, and the impact on the brain. Using drugs regularly causes the brain to become unbalanced, and to compensate by diminishing the enjoyable effects and creates unpleasant ones. Judith dedicates specific chapters to certain drugs which she used. I like how she reviews the impact of THC on tipping the endocannabinoid system out of kilter, especially for developing brains. This goes against conventional wisdom in our culture which is normalizing cannabis use.

“I’d sought wellness and became sick; fun, but lived in a constant state of anxious dread; freedom, and was enslaved.”

Judith Grisel