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Dr. Anna Lembke: The Opioid Epidemic and How People Get Addicted to Pain

Dr. Anna Lembke with Dr. Ted Achacoso: The Opioid Epidemic and How People Get Addicted to Pain

In this episode of the Smarter Not Harder podcast, we are joined by Dr. Anna Lembke who educates us on meth pipe, opioids, and answered the question: how can a person get addicted to pain?

WHO IS DR. ANNA LEMBKE?

Dr. Anna Lembke is a professor and the medical director of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a New York Times Best Selling author. She received her undergraduate degree in humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. 

WHAT DID WE TALK ABOUT WITH DR. ANNA LEMBKE?

00:00:40 - About Dr. Anna Lembke
00:01:45 - Is it common to uncover co-occurring addictions when seeing a patient for a certain substance addiction?
00:03:46 -  Do you also uncover substance addictions from behavioral-addicted patients?
00:04:54 - Is it true that people have addictive personalities?
00:08:02 -Dr. Lembke’s thoughts on gradual steps of decreasing the amount of the addictive substance over time versus total abstinence immediately
00:13:16 - Statistics on substance addiction
00:18:14 - Dopamine:Movement/learning to reward mechanism.
00:22:23 -  The journey to abuse
00:30:08 - How does one get addicted to pain?
00:35:22 - Are there other mechanisms by which dopamine is released indirectly by all of these activities?
00:39:28 - What happens to dopamine in these receptors when an addict to any of these substances suddenly stops?
00:42:55 - How does opiate induced hyperalgesia happen?
00:46:25 - How does mindfulness help with addiction? Can mindfulness apps help?
00:52:02 - Is romantic love an addiction?
00:53:48 - Should hard and sudden heartbreak be treated with drugs from sudden dopamine drop?
00:56:19 - Dr. Lembke’s thoughts on a professor of psychology and psychiatry who admitted to taking heroin and other drugs recreationally.
00:57:42 - Can psychedelics lead to addiction? Can it help in mitigating addiction?
01:00:29 - A smarter not harder advice to parents on how their children might navigate the dopamine nation

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DR. ANNA LEMBKE:

https://www.annalembke.com/

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