Episode 44: The Psychology of Addiction, Recovery and Healing from Pain with Dr. Gabor Maté
This week, Dr. Kelly interviews one of the world’s foremost experts on the psychology of addiction, emotional pain and trauma, Dr Gabor Maté, to discuss tough questions about addiction: What is the true nature of addiction? How does the pain we experience in our lives translate into addictive behaviors? What does it mean to be ‘normal’ in a ‘toxic’ society? Why is the medical model of addiction recovery failing? What can we do to truly heal? What does the science, research and evidence tell us?
For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.
If you or someone you love has battled addiction, you do not want to miss this show!