Anna Lembke deeply understands an experience I hear about often in the therapy room at the nexus between our modern addictions and our primal brains. Her stories of guiding people to find a healthy balance between pleasure and pain have the power to transform your life.
In an era of overconsumption and instant gratification, Dopamine Nation explains the personal and societal price of being ruled by the next fix-and how to manage it. No matter what you might find yourself over-indulging in-from the internet to food to work to sex-you'll find this book riveting, scary, cogent, and cleverly argued. Lembke weaves patient stories with research, in a voice that's as empathetic as it is clear-eyed.
[An] eye-opening survey on pleasure-seeking and addiction... Readers looking for balance will return to Lembke's informative and fascinating guidance.
We all desire a break from our routines and those parts of life that upset us. What if, instead of trying to escape these things, we learn to turn toward them, to reach a peaceful harmony with our selves and the people we share our lives with? Lembke has written a book that radically changes the way we think about mental illness, pleasure, pain, reward, and stress. Turn toward it. You'll be happy you did.
... fascinating case histories, and a sensible formula for treatment.