Do we need to rethink addiction?

“Addiction specialist and author Gabor Maté says dealing with past trauma may be the key to breaking addiction. He says: “Addiction is not a choice anybody makes, it’s a response to emotional pain.”

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“It doesn´t mean that every traumatized person becomes an addict, but it does mean that every addict was traumatized.”

One thought on “Do we need to rethink addiction?

  1. What an incredibly insightful video. As more experts begin to dismantle the “disease” attribution to substance use (eg: Practical Recovery –, I think Mate adds an important finding to the discussion: that substance use is a response to trauma. Hopefully more addiction treatment providers will begin to treat the underlying causes of substance use, instead of just the behavior of using substances.


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