Gabor Mate – Why You Are Addicted

Gabor Maté is a Hungarian-born Canadian physician who specialises in neurology, psychiatry, and psychology, as well as the study and treatment of addiction. In Dr. Maté’s approach to addiction focuses on the trauma his patients have suffered and looks to address this in their recovery,with special regards to indigenous populations around the world. His book In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, close encounters with addiction, Dr. Maté discusses the types of trauma suffered by addicts and how this affects their decision making in later life. He is also widely recognised for his perspective on attention deficit disorder and his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body health. He has authored four books exploring topics including attention deficit disorder, stress, developmental psychology and addiction.


00:00 Trailer.
02:43 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:51 Brian’s introduction.
06:27 What Gabor learned about addiction from 12 years in a downtown Vancouver clinic.
14:20 Can addiction be cured?
19:08 Gabor asks Brian if he has any type of an addiction.
33:17 The kind of society behind the war on addicts in the Western World.
41:40 Society’s reaction to Gabor’s views on the causes of trauma and addiction.
47:53 Will there not always be childhood trauma or something in peoples’ lives, to explain addiction?
52:08 Is addiction a modern phenomenon?
56:38 Post traumatic syndrome disorder (PTSD) stems from trauma in childhood.
59:35 Bold statement from Gabor that childhood trauma manifests itself in chronic diseases.
1:07:04 Explanation of Brian’s Ayahuasca experience.
1:11:20 Why Gabor experimented in plant medicine, what he learned and its use in helping people.
1:18:14 Research renaissance into psychedelics science and their usage.
1:20:21 Gabor talks about his own childhood trauma.
1:25:45 Optimism for future of healing looking at people’s body and life experience as a whole.
1:27:36 The rational solution for combatting drug use and providing better addiction treatment.
1:33:58 What parents can do to give their child the inner strength to avoid trauma.
1:40:29 Success secrets.
1:41:15 Gabor’s plans for the future.
1:44:40 Phone call to the 20 year old Gabor.
1:46:35 Best advice ever received.
1:48:56 Advice to the 20 year old listening who wants to make the changes Gabor has talked about.
1:50:35 Brian’s summing up.

Dr Gabor Maté website
Dr Gabor Maté on Facebook
Dr Gabor Maté TEDx talk
Dr Gabor Maté on Wikipedia

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It
Hold On to your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers

Topics discussed:
The Culture High (film)
13th (film)
Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor
Congo Free State
The Globalisation of Addiction by Bruce K Alexander
England’s Gin Craze
Tabernanthe Iboga
Hungary in World War II
Purdue Pharma
“To thine own self be true”

People mentioned in this episode:
Eckhart Tolle
Major General Henry Havelock
Amanda Feilding
Professor David Nutt
Dr Robin Carhart Harris
Donald Woods Winnicott
Warren Tallman

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he is so amazing. i love him and i feel very lucky now i could listen him. great soul.


Amazing program. I had absolutely no problem with your site so I don’t know what these other people are complaining about. What an insightful presentation. This is a video everyone should view to question various aspects of our society in the USA.


Indian author of the book “Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India” by Shashi Tharoor
and this video has gone viral
Brian please “Watch it”.


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This website is cancerous. The most horrible experience I’ve had. I spent 30 minutes tweaking NoScript, PrivacyBadger and Ublock origin, justto extract the url to download a video. I’ve never seen such privacy invasion…. I found half of the video on youtube, then had to sign-up, log-in, just to make the video available to others without them having to make accounts. Now that I downloaded the DASH stream I can’t seem to delete my account. Are you guys real ?


This interview is valuable for me, i also enjoy the way you’ve listed your notes as resources for us.

Would it be possible to get sources linked when he’s making claims such as children abused are 50x more likely to get asthma etc.
Or when you ask him “is there evidence behind that?” and he says “of course”…. but doesn’t give any, its furstrating.

I really enjoy what he says, and i want to believe in it, i’m just looking for the examples that he speaks of but does not cite.


I think Gabor’s books might have more info


Yes, like elilamfb341 mentioned, definitely look more into him. Try his books, the three I’ve read so far I’ve found to be excellent. “In The Real of Hungry Ghosts” is the one specifically exploring addiction, “Scattered Minds” about ADHD and “When the Body Says No” exploring the stress-disease connection. Should at least try an excerpt/sample at Amazon or Google Books.

If you’re feeling curious there’s also tons of great articles and videos (many lenghty ones on Youtube particularly), a lot of it is cited on his website.




Having Dr Mate and addressing such a thoughtful questions, was very impactful for audience. Thanks Brian for this interview.

But I couldn’t get the most prominent two advices that he received! He mentioned at the last 7 min of the interview! Could someone restate them?

Best wishes

Vanessa Klar

Wonderful interview! This is exactly the premise of past life regression (if done the correct way), the only difference is the belief that emotional trauma can come from this or other existences. Our bodies natural state is perfect health, one only needs to find the root of our ailments within ourselves. Our society is taught that having and expressing feelings translates into weakness, when in fact a release of negative energy, if done in a positive manner, can do wonders for the body and soul. The suppression of feelings is exactly how we make ourselves sick.


That’s a very very fascinating observation you’ve made

This is fantastic. I love Dr. Mate’s work, and this is a great interview. Thank you. Another speaker/thinker soulful individual I would love to see interviewed would be Steven Jenkinson. Thank you for providing such great information. Oh, also Thomas Huebl. He’s amazing.


If you liked that, try Wild at Heart with Dr Jane Goodall 🙂

I’m really loving the video. I started on YouTube, came to this platform to finish. Unfortunately it doesn’t work the same as YouTube and the video constantly starts and stops. I pause to let it load, and the problem persists anyway. I hope I get to watch the rest of the interview someday. Maté may be the only outspoken advocate for real understanding of underlying causes in addictions and real recovery. Kudos for a great interview.


See the more tab under the video? It has a link to the podcast mp3 which you can listen to. Here it is 🙂


Thank you so much Kieren!

Berry de Beer

Thank you Brian for bringing on Dr Mate. very informative.


You might like this episode with Dr Carl Hart ‘Debunking Drug Myths’

Berry de Beer

Thamk you Brian for bringing on Dr Mate. very informative.


Life altering ….



zaiee marlow
Thank you Brain for bring Dr Mate onto LondReal, and by the way you are an excellent human being. Dr Mate is truly and amazing, amazing man and he speaks the truth on so many levels. Dr Mate knows what he is talking about and I only hope that others within the mental health and addiction system who can make changes, take notice of what Dr Mate is saying and help him make the changes we disparately need to help heal people rather than continuing to traumatize people under the disguies of helping them. I too know first hand about… Read more »
Paul Garrett

Outstanding interview, Brian! One of your best!!

Ivo-Ivan Powerlove Yamalieff

wow. speechless.

Ivo-Ivan Powerlove Yamalieff

There always will be trauma – question is how to heal from it and recover


And certainly as discussed in this video, how to best “immunise” ourselves and future generations against it…


I have been subscribed to LondonReal for a while now but this was the first time I actually watched a whole episode, I felt that this interview had a lot to do with the current phase of my life, and it helped me realise so many thing that I wasn’t aware about.
Thank you so much for this! I will probably watch more full interviews from now on.
Actually, Dr. Mate mentioned Sadhguru and I think that could be a really good interview as well.


I second that motion…Sadhguru!


Thank you so much for bringing Dr. Mate on. He has been one of my heros, and so has Eckhart Tolle, since I have been pursuing a way to help people my whole life as well. I never call myself a healer either, but you brought out things that I have never heard Dr. Mate say and I appreciate you value his insights.

Helen Louise
At last ,someone who recognises through his own life and expertise what a human being is….we must not break each other , because once too broken apart emotionally, mentally and physically, (the human trine) It feels like that forever , how ever much we try to stick ourselves back together, there will always be gaps where the cold ,pain and fear can enter, overwhelmingly so….we’re just trying to protect ourselves anyway we can through excessive our behaviour patterns…..eventually the body says no more I am sick ,let me go… Love is everything affection and kindness is always the answer…and we… Read more »