Californian psychiatrist Dr. Anna Lembke was Tucker Carlson 's invited on Wednesday " Tucker Carlson Today "on Fox Nation.
The host noted that Lembke is one of the country's top medical experts in areas of drug addiction and in particular the opioid epidemic that has swept through much of Central America in recent times.
Lembke, of Stanford University, said at Carlson as the dependency as a whole is a contemporary "plague " and that it is likely to be an affliction that will affect the human race for the foreseeable future:
"I really think that addiction is the modern scourge. I think this is the quintessential problem of modernity, and one that we are going to be grappling with for the next - I don't know, however several hundred years, "she said.
Lembke stated that some Americans have no problem withbeing addicted to controlled substances, drugs including caffeine, or social media - noticing that she herself does not feel affected by alcohol or caffeinated drinks .
"[E] Even those who were previously not vulnerable to the problem of drug addiction have become vulnerable because of the incredible abundance of our world, and also because of the way so many things have become drugged, "she said.
" So behaviors that were previously not considered drugs have now essentially become drugs. They have become drugs. were designed to be drugs. "
In his own case, Lembke said his proverbial addiction was to read novels about new technology in the first place. era like the Amazon Kindle:
"What happened to me, in my forties, I basically became addicted to romance novels. And it was really the Kindle - the technology of the Kindle - that then made me read later and later into the night, basically chain reading, until I developed a tolerance for some sort. by "The Twilight Saga "which was my entry into this world.
"And I developed tolerance and started to need more and more graphic forms of the novel. 'love, and I have finally moved on to reading the types of erotica that don't really align with my values, "she added.
"So over the years I've really become addicted to some sort of book. And of course my problem is nothing compared to people who develop very serious addictions to anything.
Lembke said that the same physiology that gets people addicted to seemingly mundane things like books, or Facebook, or some of the legal vices, is the same that makes people addicted to controlled substances :
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"[T] he same mental machinery that you know makes us addicted toheroin, or cannabis, or nicotine, is a kind of mental machine that potentially leaves us all vulnerable, "she said.
" The conventional point of view is therefore that it is the fault of the person who became dependent. It doesn't matter how many drugs, social media apps, or romance novels you have. It is up to the person not to become addicted to them. "
Access to such vices as well as biology and genetics are usually the main factors of addiction, has t she added, commenting that many people who become addicted to alcohol did not grow up in a home afflicted with such addiction, but may have had ancestors or family members who were alcoholics.