BY Beatrice Fantoni
A master’s degree student by day and a drug addict by night, Marc Lewis, once a University of Windsor clinical psychology student, said he was very aware of this schizoid existence. He just couldn’t figure out how to escape it.
It took Lewis some therapy, a few graduate degrees in psychology, a lot of neuroscientific research and a memoir to understand just how hard it is to kick a drug habit.
Lewis’s book, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs, juxtaposes the scientific and personal perspectives on drug addiction and hits its peak just when Lewis was a master’s student in Windsor in the late 1970s.
“Things went from bad to worse in Windsor,” Lewis said on the phone from the Netherlands, where he teaches at Radboud University Nijmegen. “It was the beginning of the end.”