Dr. Anna Lembke: Dopamine and the Science of Addiction

The Kick Sugar Coach Podcast

28-08-2023 • 54 mins

Prepare to be captivated by an enlightening conversation with our esteemed guest, Dr. Anna Lembke, a renowned professor of psychiatry and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. We dissect her New York Times bestseller, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, and examine the scourge of overconsumption in this dopamine-fuelled world. We're opening up about our own battles with addiction, and how this once vital component of survival is now swamping our brains, leading to numerous problems we encounter today.

Probing into the brain's intricate workings, our dialogue with Dr. Lembke demystifies the neuroscience of addiction and dopamine's complex role in achieving a balance between pleasure and pain. Have you ever wondered how our brain attempts to maintain equilibrium, and how refined food consumption impacts this? Our discussion dives deep into this, shedding light on the pleasure-pain vicious cycle and drug reminders' unsettling effects on dopamine levels. The path to abstaining from addictive substances isn't smooth, yet we'll equip you with strategies and emphasize the importance of recognizing triggers that could spike dopamine levels.

Shifting our focus to discomfort, we explore its transformative power. We uncover the intricate links between addiction, dopamine, pleasure, and pain, offering practical tips to introduce pain in manageable doses, thereby counteracting addiction effects. The potential of mutual help groups and collective suffering in dealing with discomfort and pain might surprise you. New neural networks can be formed through activities such as cooking and exercising, which can be helpful in addiction management. Join us as we navigate the rough terrains of addiction and recovery, examining their challenges and effects.

Take the first step and join us on this enlightening journey. Let's navigate the complex terrains of addiction and recovery together, one step at a time.

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