#66 – “Dopamine Nation” Pleasure, Pain, and the Neuroscience of Addiction with Anna Lembke, MD
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We welcome the wonderful Anna Lembke, MD to discuss her book Dopamine Nation, Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence!
Anna Lembke is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. A clinician scholar, she has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries. She sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations, has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, keeps an active speaking calendar, and maintains a thriving clinical practice.
Learn more about Anna – https://www.annalembke.com
In this episode, we discuss,
00:00 – Intro, Anna’s Work and what led her to psychiatry and addiction
04:54 – Psychiatry, Addiction, and the Human Experience
09:09 – Understanding Addiction and Different Perspectives
18:06 – The Purpose of Pleasure and Pain
23:54 – The Struggle of Overcoming Addiction
29:25 – Addiction and Medication Treatment in Psychiatry
33:56 – Integrated Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health
35:00 – Dopamine Fasting
39:28 – Choosing Between Moderation and Abstinence
43:02 – The Value of Self-Disclosure in Psychotherapy
50:21 – The Power of Acknowledging Shame
54:40 – 12 Step Models, Resentment & Personal Responsibility in Recovery and Well-Being
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