Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence
"In an era of overconsumption and instant gratification, Dopamine Nation explains the personal and societal price of being ruled by the next fix-and how to manage it. No matter what you might find yourself overindulging in-from the internet to food to work to sex-you'll find this book riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued. Lembke weaves patient stories with research, in a voice that's as empathetic as it is clear-eyed."
-BETH MACY , author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America
"Anna Lembke deeply understands an experience I hear about often in the therapy room, at the nexus between our modern addictions and our primal brains. Her stories of guiding people to find a healthy balance between pleasure and pain have the power to transform your life. "
-LORI GOTTLIEB, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
"We all desire a break from our routines and those parts of life that upset us. What if, instead of trying to escape these things, we learn to turn toward them, to reach a peaceful harmony with ourselves and the people we share our lives with? Lembke has written a book that radically changes the way we think about mental illness, pleasure, pain, reward, and stress. Turn toward it. You'll be happy you did."
-DANIEL J. LEVITIN, author of This Is Your Brain on Music and Successful Aging
Anna Lembke is the medical director of Stanford Addiction Medicine, program director for the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding research in mental illness, for excellence in teaching, and for clinical innovation in treatment. A clinician scholar, she has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries in prestigious outlets such as
The New England Journal of Medicine and
JAMA. 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.