Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence Audiobook, by Anna Lembke Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Anna Lembke Narrator: Anna Lembke Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: August 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593409220

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES and LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER “Brilliant . . . riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued.”—Beth Macy, author of Dopesick, as heard on Fresh Air This book is about pleasure. It’s also about pain. Most important, it’s about how to find the delicate balance between the two, and why now more than ever finding balance is essential. We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting . . . The increased numbers, variety, and potency is staggering. The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. As such we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption.   In Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explores the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain . . . and what to do about it. Condensing complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand metaphors, Lembke illustrates how finding contentment and connectedness means keeping dopamine in check. The lived experiences of her patients are the gripping fabric of her narrative. Their riveting stories of suffering and redemption give us all hope for managing our consumption and transforming our lives. In essence, Dopamine Nation shows that the secret to finding balance is combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery.

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  • “Explore[s] the dichotomy between seeking a readily accessible hit of dopamine…and maintaining healthy, productive, stable lives.”

    - New York Times
  • “[An] eye-opening survey on pleasure-seeking and addiction…Informative and fascinating guidance.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Fascinating case histories and a sensible formula for treatment.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “A book that radically changes the way we think about mental illness, pleasure, pain, reward, and stress.”

    - Daniel J. Levitin, New York Times bestselling author 
  • “Her stories of guiding people to find a healthy balance between pleasure and pain have the power to transform your life.”

    - Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Brilliant…riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued.”

    - Beth Macy, New York Times bestselling author


  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller

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About the Author

Anna Lembke is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dopamine Nation. She 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.