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“Brilliant…riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued.” (Beth Macy, author of Dopesick
As heard on Fresh Air)
This book is about pleasure. It’s also about pain. Most important, it’s about how to find the delicate balance between the two, and why now more than ever finding balance is essential. We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting….
The increased numbers, variety, and potency is staggering. The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. As such we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption.
In Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain…and what to do about it. Condensing complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand metaphors, Lembke illustrates how finding contentment and connectedness means keeping dopamine in check. The lived experiences of her patients are the gripping fabric of her narrative. Their riveting stories of suffering and redemption give us all hope for managing our consumption and transforming our lives. In essence, Dopamine Nation shows that the secret to finding balance is combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery.
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Dr. Anna Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She is currently Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Program Director of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Lembke was one of the first in the medical community to sound the alarm regarding opioid overprescribing and the opioid epidemic. In 2016, she published her best-selling book on the prescription drug epidemic, “Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Her book was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018).
“Drug Dealer, MD” combines case studies with public policy, cultural anthropology, and neuroscience, to explore the complex relationship between doctors and patients around prescribing controlled drugs. It has had an impact on policy makers and legislators across the nation. Dr. Lembke has testified before Congress and consulted with governors and senators from Kentucky to Missouri to Nevada. She has been a featured guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, MSNBC with Chris Hayes, and numerous other media broadcasts.
Using her public platform and her faculty position at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Lembke has developed multiple teaching programs on addiction and safe prescribing, as well as opioid tapering. She has held multiple leadership and mentorship positions and received the Stanford’s Chairman’s Award for Clinical Innovation, and the Stanford Departmental Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Lembke continues to educate policymakers and the public about causes of and solutions for the problem of addiction.
Her latest book, “Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence” (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), was an instant New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller, and explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.
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Listening Length 6 hours and 11 minutes Author Dr. Anna Lembke Narrator Dr. Anna Lembke Whispersync for Voice Ready Audible.com Release Date August 24, 2021 Publisher Penguin Audio Program Type Audiobook Version Unabridged Language English Identification Number B08LQZCGDJ
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With the world 18 months into the pandemic and with many of us medicating ourselves with addictive behavior to manage living in isolation during the lockdown, I’ve noticed a certain emotional flatlining. We’re living in social media and we’re numb from all the outrage, pleasure, and hyperbole that is rewarded by social media’s algorithms. While thinking about this collective emotional flatlining, I heard a Terry Gross Fresh Air ad for an interview with psychiatrist, author, and director of Stanford Addiction Medical Clinic, Anna Lembke, whose book Dopamine Nation addresses a culture beholden to an abundance of pleasures and a repulsion to pain and how these pursuits and avoidances cause us to get addicted to pharmaceuticals, consumerism, Internet licentiousness, food, anything that causes a dopamine spike. As a result, we have lost our dignity, our integrity, and our self-agency. We are on the verge of losing the gift of life. As the author writes, “We are at risk of titillating ourselves to death.” Lembke wants to motivate us to stop our addictive ways and reclaim our higher selves.
Knowing that dopamine spikes result in flatlining and other forms of mental disintegration, I immediately bought Dopamine Nation to glean insights into the numbness that seemed to be affecting me and others and perhaps give me an exit sign from this life of addiction and numbness.
Lembke does an excellent job of defining in layman’s terms our addiction to dopamine, the brain’s reward pathway and addiction: “continued and compulsive consumption of a substance or behavior despite its harm to self and/or others.”
Lembke introduces us to some of her patients, all of whom suffer some addiction or other. They are debilitated, full of self-loathing, shame, and suicidal thoughts. They are addicted to online porn, antidepressants, and cannabis; one young man is an indulged snowflake whose parents give him no boundaries or responsibilities. Not surprisingly, he has no self-worth, is “psychologically fragile,” and takes drugs. All of these patients live in fear and despair. As one patient said, “I don’t want to die an addict.” Whatever differences they have in addiction, they have one thing in common: Their life of addiction has stripped them of meaning and a life of integrity. Their souls are in decay. They are consumers without a sense of the sacred. To underscore this point, Lembke quotes Philip Rieff from Triumph of the Therapeutic: “Religious man was born to be saved; psychological man was born to be pleased.”
As Lembke persuasively argues, we are pleasuring ourselves to death, and she makes references to Alduous Huxley’s Brave New World and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death to support her thesis. She observes that in spite of our abundant sources of pleasure, we are becoming more and more miserable. In fact, she cites the World Happiness that shows we were happier in 2008 than we were in 2018.
With an expertise in neuroscience, she shows the futility of seeking pleasure. Repeated exposure to our desired stimulus results in weaker and weaker pleasure until we feel nothing and enter a state of anhedonia.
The second half of the book focuses on the principles of recovery. Most crucial is dopamine fasting. She writes it takes a month of such fasting to reset the brain’s reward pathway, reduce our anxieties, and achieve homeostasis or psychological equilibrium.
Another important technique to recovery is self-binding, creating barriers between us and our addictive substance. Some of us have to avoid triggers. For me, for example, I have to avoid timepiece YouTube channels because I suffer from a watch addiction.
Another form of self binding is eating only whole foods or going vegan or going paleo because these boundaries limit our calorie intake.
Another tool for recovery is honesty. If we lead a double life and keep our addiction a secret, we will be trapped in a shame-addiction cycle in which we seek pleasure to medicate ourselves from the very shame and isolation caused by our addiction.
The author argues that we should replace meaningless dopamine with intimacy dopamine, the kind that results from meaningful connections with others.
Reading Lembke’s helpful book, I thought of Viktor Frankl’s masterpiece Man’s Search for Meaning. If we ditch our addictive substance, we’re going to have a gaping hole in our soul to fill or what Frankl calls the “existential vacuum.” I would therefore recommend Frankl’s book as a way of living after recovering from addiction
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