Twenty-one million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% receive treatment. Drug overdose deaths have more than tripled since 1990. Alcohol and drug addiction cost the US economy over $600 billion yearly.
In this episode, I am in conversation with Dr.Drew Pinsky. We unfold addiction, and as we peel the many layers to systemic issues and individual concerns, it is evident that addressing our mental health and our brain as vital organ is critical. Dr. Drew shares his journey, challenges, and hopes on what we need to do to address substance abuse, the importance of being physically active to take care of your brain health, and the power of empathy.
David Drew Pinsky, commonly known as Dr. Drew, is an American media personality, internist, and addiction medicine specialist. He hosted the nationally syndicated radio talk show Loveline from the show's inception in 1984 until its end in 2016.
Additionally, Pinsky hosts the Dr. Drew Podcast , which is currently the #1 health podcast on iTunes. Dr. Drew also co-hosts the Adam and Dr. Drew Podcast with his former Loveline co-host Adam Carolla.
Pinsky is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America (Harper-Collins), and Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (Harper-Collins). Dr. Drew co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism. The study was published in the Journal of Research in Personality (Elsevier) and received worldwide press coverage.
Smriti Kirubanandan has a strong background in robotics and public health and is a Healthcare Executive, where she focuses on driving significant transformations within the healthcare ecosystem, concentrating on customer experience, intelligent automation, data analytics and insights, and is determined to make healthcare more accessible and affordable through innovation and empathy. She also spearheads brand development, thought leadership, and market research.
Smriti is a selected Young Global Leader 2023 by the World Economic Forum, a member of the Young Leaders Circle at the Milken Institute, and is the Founder of HLTH Forward Podcast- an award-winning media platform that hosts healthcare leaders, policymakers, and artists to discuss the challenges in the system and what we could do collectively to move healthcare forward.Support the show