Dhru Purohit Podcast
#243: Breaking Free of Old Habits, Addiction, and Past Traumas with Dr. Gabor Maté (Rebroadcast)
Many of us carry around unrecognized guilt, different forms of addiction, and other types of destructive coping mechanisms—all of which can be traced back to traumatic childhood experiences. It’s never too late to address trauma and improve our emotional, mental, and physical health in the process. This is such a critical topic for optimal wellness and self-growth, that today we’re resharing one of our most popular episodes exploring it, with the one and only Dr. Gabor Maté
Dr. Maté is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. Gabor is the bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, and is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship between stress and illness.
In this episode, we dive into:
-The pain-body concept (4:06)
-Dr. Maté’s definition of addiction (9:57)
-How a painful experience or trauma is at the center of all addictions (15:03)
-Dr. Maté’s childhood trauma and how it led to his own addictive behaviors (22:01)
-Understanding the difference between responsibility and blame, and why “it’s not all our parents’ fault” (30:29)
-What is happening physiologically in the brains of addicted people (39:36)
-The key to healing painful experiences (46:37)
-What does it mean to recover (47:56)
-How to approach the healing of behavior addictions fostered by our culture (51:11)
-Dr. Maté’s non-negotiable self-care practice (1:00:03)
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