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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. Mat√©’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.


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