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The Haight Ashbury Free Clinics - The 1999 HAFC Logo
Free Clinic Founder, 1967


Dr David Smith
Forty Years Later, 2008

Unchain Your Brain
Break Free From Your Addictions!

Daniel G. Amen, MD and David E. Smith, MD

[Unchain Your Brain Introduction
[part 2: How Addictions Steal Your Life]


Are you chained to your addiction to smoking? Drinking? Sugar? Drugs? Food? Prescription painkillers? Caffeine? Internet porn? Gambling? Sex?  Unchain Your Brain: 10 Steps to Breaking the Addictions that Steal Your Life is a practical, easy-to-follow program that shows you how to boost your brain so you can kick your unwanted habits.

"Daniel Amen and David Smith, two distinguished physician pioneers, have written a reader-friendly map of the road to recovery from addictions of all kinds. They begin with a cutting-edge understanding of the addicted brain and end with a step by step family-centered plan for getting well. This book is a treasure of science, respect, wisdom and compassion that deserves a wide readership.”

— Robert L. DuPont, MD, FASAM, President, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., and Former Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Addiction can devastate your family, destroy your relationships, derail your career, lower your grades, and make you physically ill.

To break free from your addictions, you need to optimize your brain. Unchain Your Brain provides the tools for this process. Brain dysfunction is the number-one reason why people fall victim to addiction, why they can’t break the chains of addiction, and why they relapse. The brain plays a central role in your vulnerability to addiction and your ability to recover.

 “Unchain Your Brain is amazingly comprehensive, interesting to read and provides practical tools for patients and addiction professionals. Over the last five years, I have referred hundreds of patients to the Amen Clinics. I must credit Dr. Amen and his brain imaging for enhancing our ability to more accurately diagnose brain disorders that cause craving and addiction. SPECT imaging should ultimately become the standard of care in addiction medicine.

— Marvin “Rick” Sponaugle, MD, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, Founder and Medical Director, Sponaugle Wellness Institute & Addiction Treatment Center


Optimizing your brain is the key to breaking free from your addictions.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, bestselling New York Times author and host of the popular PBS television series, and Dr. David E. Smith, founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic and a noted expert on addiction, have joined forces to make Unchain Your Brain a self-guided manual to understanding:

·         How addictions get stuck in your brain, how to get them unstuck, and how to find lasting motivation to change

·         Strategies to boost your brain to get control

·         Ways to lock up the craving monster that steals your life

·         Tips to eat right to think right and heal from your addiction

·         How to kill the addiction ANTs that infest your brain and keep you in chains

·         Ways to prevent relapse by following H-A-L-T plus brain science

·         How hypnosis and meditation can help you unchain your brain,

With a healthy brain, you’ll find it much easier to stick with a program designed to help you quit smoking, drinking, gambling, doing drugs, overeating, or whatever your addiction may be. With the help of Unchain Your Brain, you’ll rediscover the pleasure of developing satisfying relationships with family and friends, regaining your health, finding greater energy, and exploring the amazing world in which we live and work.

Unchain Your Brain: 10 Steps to Breaking the Addictions that Steal Your Life

Daniel G. Amen, MD, and David E. Smith, MD

$22.95 trade paper

MindWorks Press, Newport Beach CA


Daniel G. Amen, MD,
is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, brain-imaging specialist, and New York Times bestselling author. He is the writer, producer, and host of four highly successful public television programs, raising more than 20 million dollars for public television. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the CEO and Medical Director of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and Fairfield, California; Tacoma, Washington; and Reston, Virginia. 

Dr. Amen is the author of 35 professional scientific articles and 24 books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind At Any Age.  He is also the author of Healing ADD, Healing the Hardware of the Soul, Making a Good Brain Great, The Brain In Love, and the co-author of Healing Anxiety And Depression and Preventing Alzheimer¹s.

David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT, has been pivotal in gaining acceptance for the concept of addiction as a disease, and is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Addiction Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. He is an inaugural Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and serves as Chair of Adolescent Addiction Treatment at Newport Academy, Medical Director of Center Point, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic.

Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored over 350 professional articles and over two dozen books, including It’s So Good, Don’t Even Try It Once: Heroin in Perspective, The Physician’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs, Drugfree: A Unique, Positive Approach to Staying Off Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Clinician’s Guide to Substance Abuse. He is the founder and publisher of The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

[Unchain Your Brain Introduction]  [Introduction – part 2: How Addictions Steal Your Life]

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