You may have seen Dr. Anna Lembke in the 2020 Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma about the impact of social media on our lives. She is a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Clinic. She’s the author of the book Drug Dealer, MD about the opioid epidemic and the forthcoming book Dopamine Nation, about compulsive overconsumption, including digital products
Anna Lembke, MD, is a professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Clinic.
In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018).
Dr. Lembke recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives.
Her forthcoming book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021) explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption, including digital products, in a world where feeling good is the highest good.
Anna’s book recommendations:
The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business (David Courtwright)
Amusing Ourselves to Death (Neil Postman)
Going on Being (Mark Epstein, MD)