Howard Wetsman, MD is an Addiction Psychiatrist who has pioneered the treatment of addiction as a primary complex biological illness regardless of reward involved. He has been using genetics to guide the treatment of patients for over 10 years in various capacities.
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“The drug isn’t the agent that causes addiction”- Dr. Howard Wetsman
- Why addiction should be classified as an illness.
- The role of dopamine in accelerating and decelerating addiction.
- Why drugs aren’t the cause of addiction.
- The genetic components that affect addiction levels.
- [1:28] What did Dr. Howard learn in medical school about alcoholism?
- [4:00] Why he uses the term illness when defining addiction.
- [6:13] The story of addiction and where it began in America.
- [8:14] The power of chemical dopamine release, its functions, and how its contribution to addiction.
- [16:04] Dr. Howard’s mission of making addiction not a problem in America since there’s no sophisticated medicine for the illness.
- [20:37] How he made a solution for addiction and why he believes nobody cares about it.
- [23:22] He shares his views on ASAM’s decision of coming up with another definition of addiction.
- [27:30] Why we need to work on our attachment on drugs and not the drug itself.
- [32:21] He explains the genetic component that affects dopamine which in turn affects addiction.
- [39:53] Do drugs really cause addiction?
- [43:07] Why cocaine in itself doesn’t release dopamine.
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