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Dopamine Nation: Why We’re Addicted, Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence

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Dopamine is a powerful natural messenger of both pain and pleasure in the brain. We live in an environment of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: smartphones, gaming, drugs, food, gambling, shopping and more. The secret to finding balance is in combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery. Anna Lembke, MD will discuss new discoveries about how pleasure can lead to pain and what we can do about it. She will discuss how keeping dopamine in check helps achieve contentment and connectedness.

Dr. Lembke is medical director of Stanford Addiction Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. A clinician scholar and professor, Lembke is a specialist in the opioid epidemic and the author of “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop.” Her latest bestseller is “Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence.”

Lemke will be in conversation with Jessica Lahey, author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed,” and “The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence.”

 

Dr. Anna Lembke’s website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Lahey