Comes A Time: Anna Lembke

This week on Comes A Time, Dr. Anna Lembke talks with Mike and Oteil about “digital drugs” and how they exploit our motivational neural pathways, the balance between pain and pleasure from a psychological standpoint, and why Dr. Lembke prefers natural, behavior-focused solutions over prescribed medication. The three also discuss physical manifestation of spiritual growth, and why it’s helpful to treat our relationship with “digital drugs” the same way we treat our relationship with food. Dr. Lembke provides easily-applicable insights on the functionality of the brain that can transform negative habits into positive superpowers- you’ve gotta hear what she has to say!

Dr. Anna Lembke is a Professor and the Medical Director of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University. She was one of the first in the medical community to sound the alarm regarding opioid overprescribing, and she’s been a featured guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, MSNBC with Chris Hayes, and numerous other media broadcasts discussing her work in researching addiction. 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, which was highlighted in the New York Times. Using her public platform and her faculty position at Stanford, Dr. Lembke continues to educate policymakers and the public about causes of and solutions for the problem of addiction.


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