#76: Wired for Addiction – Dr. Evelyn Higgins Explains the Biological Component of Addiction Sun and Moon Sober Living September 11, 2023

#76: Wired for Addiction – Dr. Evelyn Higgins Explains the Biological Component of Addiction


Founder and CEO of Wired For Addiction®, Dr. Evelyn Higgins is a recognized international expert in the epidemiology of addiction.  As a Certified Addictionologist, Diplomate of the American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders, and Diplomate of the American Board of Disability Analysts specializing in pain management, Dr. Higgins has had the honor of advising the U.S. Surgeon General, producing and hosting a Gracie Award winning nationally syndicated health and wellness terrestrial radio program, and serving as a 1996 Olympic Team Doctor and Olympic torch bearer. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Dr. Higgins’ Story
  • Is addiction genetic?
  • The fascinating discoveries of epigenetics
  • How to work with your DNA
  • How trauma changes our physiology
  • The relationship between mental health challenges & addition
  • How to get tested

With 35 years in clinical practice, Dr. Higgins has designated over 16 years to Research and Development in the science of addiction recovery. A TEDx Speaker (her TEDx Talk can be found here), panelist at the 2022 International Society of Substance Use Professionals Annual Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the 2022 International Gambling Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, and a 2021 Nominee for Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Innovators in Healthcare, Dr. Higgins finds herself at the nexus of epigenetics, neuroscience, and addiction.

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