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  • from Shaastra :: vol 01 issue 01 :: Jan - Feb 2022
Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence By Anna Lembke; Published by Dutton; 297 pages; £20

A clinical book that gives the low-down on dopamine, and charts a way to maintain the pain-pleasure balance.

Professor Anna Lembke has over two decades' experience in treating people with addiction at Stanford Hospital and researching the neurology and the socio-economic consequences of substance abuse. She was among the first professionals to flag the dangers of prescription addiction in Drug Dealer MD (2016).

Her new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, offers a mix of case studies, statistical data and simple explanations of the neuroscience. Lembke abstracts simple lessons from the case studies, so this could be considered a self-help manual for de-addiction, though it's a lot more than that.


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