What is addiction? – Gabor Maté

(Global Heart | Esther Haasnoot) “From drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power. Gabor Maté’s speech at TEDxRio+20 about addiction and the war on drugs is a powerful speech which takes a closer look at addiction and how it is very similar to the addiction to power, is a must watch”.

Dr. Gabor Maté talks about the root causes of addiction and how to deal with them. The big question is:
What are they getting from the addiction that they otherwise don’t have?” What addicts get is release from pain, what they get is a sense of peace, a sense of control, a sense of calmness, very, very temporarily.

“A great Egyptian novelist, Naguib Mahvouz, who wrote, “nothing records the effects of a sad life as graphically as the human body.” Because these people lose everything. They lose their health, they lose their beauty, they lose their teeth, they lose their wealth, they lose human relationships and in the end, they often lose their lives. And yet, nothing shakes them from their addiction, nothing can force them to give up their addiction.”

Gabor Mate discusses addiction and challenging our thinking around this issue. He searches into the roots and the wisdom of any addiction, arguing that we shouldn’t be asking ‘Why the addiction?’ – we should be asking ‘Why the pain?’

About Dr. Gabor Maté
Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction — from drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power — nothing escapes. And he risks a generic and generous prescription: “Find your nature and be nice to yourself.”

Source: Films For Action


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