Dr. Howard Wetsman on Addiction, Dopamine Tone, and the Brain: A Revolutionary Take on Recovery
We can end it as a problem in American life within the next couple of decades, because the science is coming together so that we could assess each individual to the point.
In this episode of Recovery Collective with Tom Leu, Dr. Howard Wetsman, addiction psychiatrist, scientist, and author, breaks down addiction in a way that is both fascinating and revolutionary. Dr. Wetsman discusses how addiction is a brain disease, the role of dopamine tone in addiction, the limitations of traditional addiction treatment, and the importance of individualized treatment. He also delves into the role of genetics in addiction and the future of addiction treatment. Throughout the conversation, Dr. Wetsman's passion for helping those struggling with addiction is evident, and his insights are both informative and inspiring.
Dr. Wetsman's perspective on addiction is unique in that he sees it as a brain disease rather than a moral failing. He explains that addiction is a disease of attachment against the will and that it is caused by changes in dopamine receptors in the midbrain. He goes on to discuss the limitations of traditional addiction treatment, which often focuses on treating the symptoms of addiction rather than the underlying causes.
One of the key takeaways from this episode is the importance of individualized treatment for addiction. Dr. Wetsman stresses that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment and that each person's treatment should be tailored to their specific needs. He also discusses the role of genetics in addiction and how understanding a person's genetic makeup can inform their treatment.
Throughout the conversation, Dr. Wetsman's passion for helping those struggling with addiction is evident. He sees a future where addiction is no longer a problem in American life and where each individual can receive the personalized treatment they need to overcome their addiction. He encourages listeners to seek out the right doctor for their individual needs and to continue to educate themselves about addiction and recovery.
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