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The Seven Myths of Addiction


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Speakers:
Gabor Maté, MD
Duration:
1 Hour 02 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Oct 16, 2020
Product Code:
POS057300
Media Type:
Digital Recordings - Also available: DVD


Description

For twelve years Dr. Maté was the staff physician at a clinic for drug-addicted people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where he worked with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness, and HIV, including at Vancouver Supervised Injection Site.

In his recent bestselling book In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts, he draws on cutting-edge science to illuminate where and how addictions originate and what they have in common. Contrary to what is often claimed, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment where the neurobiology of the brain’s reward pathways develops and where the emotional patterns that lead to addiction are wired into the unconscious. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, nicotine or to behavioural addictions such as shopping or sex. Helping the addicted individual requires that we appreciate the function of the addiction in his or her life.

Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health.

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Gabor Maté, MD's Profile

Gabor Maté, MD Related seminars and products

Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology

Simon Fraser University


Gabor Maté, MD, is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver's Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-seven languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing, he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country's highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. Gabor's next book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture is due to be published autumn, 2022. To learn more, join his e-news here: www.drgabormate.com.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Gabor Maté receives compensation as a presenter. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Gabor Maté has no relevant non-financial relationships.


Objectives

  1. Appraise the economics, cultural, psychological and neurobiological roots of addiction and addictive behaviours.
  2. Evaluate 7 common myths surrounding addiction and addictive behaviours.
  3. Investigate the role of “choice” in the development of addiction.

Outline

  • What is the source of addictions?
  • What happens chemically and physiologically in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction?
  • The false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, as social lubricant)
  • The development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain
  • The social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment
  • How much choice does the addict really have, and how much responsibility?

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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