The Craving Mind:

From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love—Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits

  • Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Read by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Runtime: 8.3 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 3.7.2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
  • 8.32 hrs3/7/2017Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781538405055

We are all vulnerable to addiction. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other behaviors, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us?

This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions about addiction. Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them. He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits.

Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and current scientific findings from his own lab and others, Dr. Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life.

Editorial Reviews

“Accessible and enjoyable. The Craving Mind brilliantly combines the latest science with universal real-life experiences.”

Arianna Huffington

“Wisdom infuses [Judson Brewer’s] research as he offers us a path of exploration to better our lives.”


“As co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, I’ve seen first hand the need for action… This book couldn’t come at a time of greater need.”

US Representative Tim Ryan

“A remarkable book, one that will help free us from the powerful habits of craving and addiction…For many readers, this book will be life-transforming.”

Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness

Author Biography

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is director of research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Yale University and a research affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Reader Biography

P. J. Ochlan’s work behind the microphone began in 1987 as a young voice-over talent with many commercials and promos. More recently he spent ten years as a Southern California radio personality with programs on several stations. And now in addition to his ongoing voice-over work, he is an acclaimed, record-setting audiobook narrator with dozens of fiction and nonfiction titles to his credit.

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