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.