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