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