Dopamine, the Limbic System, and Anhedonia

January 4, 2022
Hosted by Zachary Crouch

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Discussing treating substance use with medication, Zach and Michael interview Dr. Jason Kirby, the Chief Medical Officer for Landmark Recovery and Praxis by Landmark Recovery. Because every psychoactive substance releases a certain amount of dopamine, it is to be expected that anyone who suffers from a substance use disorder will not feel good when they abstain from the drug, especially in the case of opioid addiction. The motivation to seek-out the dopamine high is as dangerous as Russian roulette. This is why timing is everything, and treating the craving with pharmacotherapy gives those who are addicted a chance at survival. Dr. Jason Kirby is an expert in population health policy and is dual board-certified in addiction medicine and family medicine. Growing up in a world of addiction, and experiencing addiction himself, Dr. Kirby speaks to listeners in both layman's and medical terms about how substances affect the limbic system, about recovery, and about the many options available for tackling a substance use disorder. If you or a loved one is addicted to drugs, get in touch with a recovery specialist 24/7 at Landmark Recovery. Call 888-448-0302 and find a treatment center near you: https://landmarkrecovery.com/locations/find-a-landmark-near-you/ SHOW NOTES: [5:45] From active addiction, abandonment, and lack of self-worth to recovery, freedom, and purpose. [7:25] The world sees addiction more than it sees the wonders of recovery. [9:50] Substance use disorder treatment methods, including medication assisted treatment. [18:45] How substance abuse hijacks the limbic system. [21:26] When dopamine is off the charts due to substances, everyday healthy activities are no longer enjoyable. In a word: anhedonia. [25:31] The lack of addiction and recovery training in medical school and residency. [29:09] The rewards of working in addiction medicine. [30:15] Medication assisted treatment at Landmark Recovery.

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Landmark Recovery Podcast

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Landmark Recovery Podcast is the premier podcast discussing addiction, recovery, and sobriety. We talk with experts to dispel myths about what addiction is and isn’t. We hear from recovering addicts who share their stories of rock bottom, rehab, and relapse. We also tackle difficult topics like trauma, the chaos of active addiction, and how it affects our families and communities. But our favorite topic? Hope. The podcast is a production of Landmark Recovery, a rapidly growing network of local drug and alcohol rehab centers providing high quality, and affordable, clinical treatment. With the mission to unlock human potential, Landmark is committed to helping individuals live beyond their addiction.

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Zachary Crouch

Zachary Crouch

Zachary Crouch is the National Business Development Manager and former administrator for Landmark Recovery, a Louisville based residential program for drug and alcohol treatment. His background in the treatment field as a counselor includes work with the adolescent, adult and family population. Additionally, he also operated the acute medical detoxification unit for Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville. Zachary graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology and earned his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2009.

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January 2022

  • 1/18/2022: DBT: A Gym Membership for Addiction Recovery Listen Now
  • 1/11/2022: Zach & Michael: Current Events & Personal Milestones Listen Now
  • 1/4/2022: Dopamine, the Limbic System, and Anhedonia Listen Now

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