Dr. Anna Lembke: ADDICTION, dopamine, and DOPAMINE FASTING (dopamine detox) | Ep 17
Dr. Anna Lembke, MD, is a psychiatrist and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Stanford Medicine. She's the expert in treating all kinds of addictions, from clinical to subclinical: drugs, alcohol, online shopping, apps, food, s3x, video games, gambling, and others. Dr. Lembke is also a best-selling author, and her latest book is being translated into 25 languages (Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence).
In this episode, we discuss how to recognize & defeat addiction and the role of dopamine in addiction. We cover practical tools for winning the battle with addiction, like dopamine fasting (dopamine detox), self-binding, exercise, and cold exposure.
03:00 Dopamine and its roles in Behaviour
05:50 How dopamine creates pleasure, pain, and withdrawal
08:50 What is addiction
15:00 -16:15 and 23:23 - 29:04 Dopamine detox / Dopamine fasting
16:15 State of addiction today, is addiction increasing
19:35 What behaviors can become an addiction?
20:50 Can you get addicted to exercise, fasting, or cold exposures?
23:23 Dopamine fasting (dopamine detox) explained
27:45 I did dopamine fasting - here's what happened
29:04 Self-binding and other ways to compulsive use
32:35 Increase dopamine naturally: baseline dopamine, cold exposure, exercise, yoga, martial arts training, etc.