The Bigger Picture
The Bigger Picture
Sep 27, 2023
Ep. 29 - Anna Lembke: Dopamine and Why America is Addicted
Play • 40 min

In today's episode, I spoke with Anna Lembke, a psychiatrist, author of Dopamine Nation, Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Stanford University, and an expert on the opioid crisis. We spoke about the 'pain-pleasure' mechanism of the dopaminergic systems, how they can induce addictive behaviors through over stimulation, and how understanding these mechanisms can help us lead a healthy, balanced life that is free of addiction. We also zoomed in on cannabis addictions and workaholism, and how to distinguish when these behaviors become problematic.


This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit
More episodes
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu