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.

Chapters:
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.

Notes:
Dr Gabor Maté website
https://drgabormate.com/
Dr Gabor Maté on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/drgabormate/
Dr Gabor Maté TEDx talk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jRLVD43u4A
Dr Gabor Maté on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabor_Mat%C3%A9_(physician)

Books:
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Realm-Hungry-Ghosts-Gabor-Mate/dp/0676977413
When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Body-Says-Stress-Disease-Connection/dp/0470923350
Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It
https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Scattered-Attention-Deficit-Disorder-Originates-What-about/0452279631
Hold On to your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hold-Your-Kids-Parents-Matter/dp/0375760288

Topics discussed:
The Culture High (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Culture_High
13th (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13th_(film)
Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inglorious-Empire-What-British-India/dp/1849048088
Congo Free State
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Free_State
The Globalisation of Addiction by Bruce K Alexander
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Globalization-Addiction-Study-Poverty-Spirit/dp/0199588716
England’s Gin Craze
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin_Craze
Ayahuasca
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuasca
Tabernanthe Iboga
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabernanthe_iboga
Hungary in World War II
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungary_in_World_War_II
Purdue Pharma
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purdue_Pharma
“To thine own self be true”
https://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/thine-own-self-true

People mentioned in this episode:
Eckhart Tolle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eckhart_Tolle
Major General Henry Havelock
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Havelock
Amanda Feilding
https://londonreal.tv/amanda-feilding-drug-policy-reform/
Professor David Nutt
https://londonreal.tv/professor-david-nutt-the-truth-about-drugs/
Dr Robin Carhart Harris
https://londonreal.tv/dr-robin-carhart-harris-psychedelics-as-medicine/
Donald Woods Winnicott
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Winnicott
Warren Tallman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Tallman

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Rik
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Dr. Gabor Mate’s thoughts seem related to the late Marshall Rosenberg’s ‘nonviolent communication’ thoughts.

Cindylbentz913
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Cindylbentz913

I have been deeply blessed! Thank you Brian , thank you Dr. Mate.

Dominic Jones
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Thought provoking as usual. Thank you for this grand interview 🙂

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

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ellisarts829

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.

StolZoff
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Indian author of the book “Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India” by Shashi Tharoor
and this video has gone viral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7CW7S0zxv4
Brian please “Watch it”.

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the_adb459

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 ? A big FUCK YOU from all of my heart.

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the_adb459

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 ?

otto03160
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otto03160

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.

elilamfb341
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elilamfb341

I think Gabor’s books might have more info

David
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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.

Stino
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Visionary

hussamadinkadhim644
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hussamadinkadhim644

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
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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.

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

cct.lenzi@gmail.com
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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.

Kieren
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If you liked that, try Wild at Heart with Dr Jane Goodall 🙂 https://londonreal.tv/dr-jane-goodall-wild-at-heart/

missannayogi@gmail.com
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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.

Kieren
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See the more tab under the video? It has a link to the podcast mp3 which you can listen to. Here it is 🙂
http://shoutengine.com/LondonReal/LondonReal-0484-gabor-mate-why-youre-addicted-36843.mp3

Dora
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Thank you so much Kieren!

Berry de Beer
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Thank you Brian for bringing on Dr Mate. very informative.

Kieren
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You might like this episode with Dr Carl Hart ‘Debunking Drug Myths’ https://londonreal.tv/dr-carl-hart-debunking-drug-myths/

Berry de Beer
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Thamk you Brian for bringing on Dr Mate. very informative.

kwameatta
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kwameatta

Life altering ….

108holycows254
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108holycows254

Absolutely..

zaiee marlow
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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
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Outstanding interview, Brian! One of your best!!

Ivo-Ivan Powerlove Yamalieff
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wow. speechless.

Ivo-Ivan Powerlove Yamalieff
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There always will be trauma – question is how to heal from it and recover

108holycows254
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108holycows254

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

Shachar
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Amazing!
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.

108holycows254
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108holycows254

I second that motion…Sadhguru!

mountain2climb
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mountain2climb

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
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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 »

Pinky
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This guy is SUCH a blessing, love him and his wisdom. I was surprised and shocked though when he mentioned that trauma is not addressed by psychiatrists or those treating addiction. I really thought it was common knowledge – even dare I say, common sense to know that trauma is the root of these sorts of issues. Even I know it and I’m not a medical professional of any sort! I really hope that changes soon.
Thank you for this amazing interview 🙂 <3

Rob
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Unfortunately it will not change in a hurry. This goes way deeper than you realise. Disassociation is a huge factor in abhorrent human behaviour in current society.

Elvan
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he is correct. most threapist or pyhayatrict do no care about your past ,you rstory or emotional pain at all. i have not met one yet.

Zhenia
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Rare diamond, brilliantly interviewed and presented! Thank you LONDONREAL.

VivianHarvey
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VivianHarvey

Wow,I am 72 and Gabor shows it’s never too late to change.thank you.

Fazlin Bagus Davids
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Thank you Brian for an awesome program! Dr Mate is such an inspiration for my own inner work as well as my Trauma work in Cape Town, South Africa.

dinarowe
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dinarowe

Great interview! I love that feeling when you finish watching something and you just feel like it accelerated your growth so much more. That this knowledge will keep you going for a long time to come. Awesome, thank you for doing what you’re doing!

108holycows254
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108holycows254

I concur.. I was similarly reinvigorated by his well-articulated Truth.

Pam
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28 minute in- the greatest point he made was about ones hunger for success and the niggling subtext of the fear: “do they want me or do they just want what im doing for them?” ” you can never get enough. is your hunger about being and not having been accepted just for being”. More please Brian!! Thank you Dr. Mate.

108holycows254
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108holycows254

Definately a resonant moment for me also…

Pam
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This guy is brilliant. So beautifully presented, so open and deep. best interview for me thus far. Thank you

Vineet
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Dr Gabor Mate is a very insightful man, having followed his work for a while. So I was particularly thrilled that you had him on your show Brian. The overall interview was very good. I love the fact that you really let your guests become the centre of the show. Sounds like common sense but not all interviewers demo this. Thank you

Marco Berrettini
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as much as I understand that London real needs money to keep on working, as much as I think that there is something quite hateful about charging for the “professional success secrets” of the invited guests. It’s quite in opposition to the “truth-seeking” aspects of Brian’s choices who to invite and why their message is so important to be shared. To watch 1h45 of Gabor Maté and then hear that I’d have to pay to listen to the personalities who inspired Maté, seems …..silly. London Real can make money differently.

108holycows254
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108holycows254

I was able to sign up at no cost to watch that part which was only slightly over 3 minutes in duration anyway… In case you never heard this part, my recollection from memory is that his inspiration is drawn from people who overcome personal obstacles to achieve success by introspection and personal intervention. He said he is also but somewhat less inspired by those who achieve by external struggle. I hope this is accurate..

Sam0351
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Sam0351

Brian you are an amzing guy (no homo) with an amazing program. I wish i had your passion and intensity for life on a consistant level and not just in speriodic bouts.

Thank you for this video

Kieren
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Try and think about what makes you an awesome person and do it every single day 🙂

108holycows254
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108holycows254

Brian, I also think you are an amazing guy with an amazing program ( I am a “Homo” which is of course not relevant to my admiration of you! Besides mate, I am currently spoken for anyway! Sorry about it but we can still be friends right?! ; )) I also wish I more consistently manifested a similar degree of passion and intensity for life. Likewise an immediate manifestation of sufficient funds to be included in your inner circle would be most beneficial, considering the resonance I have with your message, history and the motivations for your work/passion, we are… Read more »

Renata
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Renata

One of the wisest interviews on LR. What a lovely man. I loved every minute of the conversation. Thank you!

Helen May
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I’m wondering how is it that noy everyone who experienced childhood trauma becomes addicted?
Wonderful interview! Thank you. ♡♡

Kieren
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I guess it’s because different people react to things in different ways. Someone who experiences trauma might decide that they have to be strong and fight for everything they have while another person might decide that there’s no hope and they have to do whatever they can to have some short term pleasure

Pam
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Helen, is this anywhere close to a proper reply? every single one of us is made up differently- from different dna, to being in different physical and emotional environments. The more innate sensitive soul is gonna struggle more easily than less thinned-skinned populations. trauma means a different reaction and result for every one. In addition, another thing that adds difficulty, like he stated, the tougher the environment and emotional struggles in the life of the pregnant mother, has tremendous impact on the unborn baby and of course has potential to show itself in the infant after birth and throughout life.… Read more »

stattert
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stattert

briliant stuff, and correct and brave on terrorism.

Graeme
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Love Gabor Mate, his books have been a great help into understanding the roots of my addiction. I can completely identify with what he’s saying. In sobriety I have had many repressed memories come back and its amazing how childhood has affected me as an adult and I didn’t even know it! I do now and I am starting to come to terms with how this all manifests itself in my brain. So insightful.