The Best Explanation of Addiction I’ve Ever Heard – Dr. Gabor Maté


  1. Carolina Augusta

    “Addiction is a response to emotional suffering.”

  2. Dav Sug

    Fuckinggggg love this so true speaking from experience

  3. True Joker

    I think this, in part, true. But not entirely. I think that if u give someone an excuse or a justification to escape accountability that they will. And when you aren't held accountable their are consequences for everyone else 🙄. It also furthers the line from freedom. it effects ppl in the medical community and those with chronic pain, their families… It effects the ppl who just aren't making the loudest noise or any noise at all. Not everyone suffers loudly, or needs to. 🙄. But if you're going to be punished for simply being caught by making a choice that hurts no one than you create a justification. And you can't dispute a trama but you can create one from thin air. 🙄 And therefore some of us aren't free to just say "I have physical pain" especially if it isn't for an obvious reason. Trying to get medical help for that is a joke. So you get treated like an addict. But if you're not depressed you become so.. and then eventually you do suffer from trama.. starting with the one u had to create for a problem that started with something outside of your control and then being caught simply finding relief. 🙄 I hate this. So what do ppl do when they need to battle addiction and pain. When u don't want to use drugs anymore but u need help with the pain? One way or another you suffer. It's ridiculous

  4. Leanne Marie

    I love this dr, he knows what he's talking about 💚💜❤

  5. Lee Ann Richards

    EMDR therapy. A great way to deal with trama.

  6. Ita Jno

    The video helped me to look at people (my family and friends) with substance addiction through the lens of empathy.

  7. ABROham Productions

    This is so sad but so true. My grandma has been on meth since my grandpa died, and she's stuck in the system and it's too dangerous to even talk to her, because the people who she got drugs from will come after us and try to hurt us, like they did to one of her friends who tried to help. It sucks. I wish there was like free counseling for people who go through trauma instead of drugs being the more accessible option for disheartened poor people.

  8. Sahar RoseFire

    Absolutely mind blowing, ty.

  9. Joey Shmoey

    I turn 70 in two months, so there wasn't as much awareness of how childhood abuse affects children and their development into adults back in the 1950s and 60s. As the oldest child I received the frontal blast from the psychological blast-furnace that was my father. Since I was getting so much negative attention there was little energy left for my brother, who was two years younger than myself, to get much attention; thus he suffered emotional neglect. As a result, I now realize, I suffered from C-PTSD by the time I left home at 18, while my brother suffered from the potentially more devastating neglected child syndrome. I have used every drug that I'm aware of except ayahuasca (which I would try) and 'bath salts' (which I have no interest in). Despite the range of drug experience I have never considered myself addicted to any of them. I am fortunate to have some better than average tools to help cope with the effects of this trauma; a WAIS IQ of 150, and an apparently strong connection and balance between my right and left brain hemispheres. To the degree that intellect helps deal with this type of trauma I am fortunate. My brother, however, had a an IQ that was in a healthy normal range so while plenty smart, he didn't have that extra advantage. He did not experiment with drugs in the same way that I did – he took up smoking and drinking the two legal drugs, and the ones that eventually killed him in March 2020, and he smoked marijuana which had a mellowing effect on his anxiety. What helped me deal with my C-PTSD, even though C-PTSD was an invisible or at least poorly understood condition at the time, was taking psychedelics, which my brother never did. Over a period of a few years soon after leaving home, I used LSD about 250 times, and psilocybin and mescaline about 50 times combined. Yet I never touched alcohol until my mid-30s (social drinking only) and I have only ever used tobacco in the form of a cigar once in a rare while. That difference in drug consumption made a huge difference in the outcomes for my brother and myself. The use of psychedelics to treat PTSD and C-PTSD is gaining renewed interest. My experiences tell me that this is a promising area of research. Our society needs to realize that the use of mind altering drugs is part of Humanity's "Pursuit of Happiness" as defined as one of the features of existence that governments are appropriately formed in order to protect (as per "The Declaration of Independence"). It is time to end ALL anti-drug laws; and instead to use education and medical-psychiatric treatments to minimize the deleterious effects of drug use – overdose, addiction, and decreased or inappropriate functioning of the individual. I believe that there is huge potential to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for millions of people if we follow this path going forward.

  10. Ren Morre

    This is so true, Dr. Gabor is a genius. There are many angles where existential tension can come from in our adult lives. How immense we feel these tensions would branch or even snowball from childhood experiences where the emotional security is made most familiarly fragile, where the neurology of the brain is most malleable to experience.

  11. Pinky

    This is deep. And eye-opening. How do you help someone that goes through this and are not willing to talk about the trauma? I don't even know what the trauma is or when ot happened. I just have to live with the consequences of the addiction.

  12. Livon Diramerian

    We have shed light on half the problem. Why people suffer? This is the societies problem because it causes people to suffer. Those who harm others are ignorant, selfish, greedy, unnatural & inhumane so both sides are suffering in such situation which points that both sides need to be healed it's a 2 way system, it can't be healed one way.

  13. Mamma Deuces

    When I was in active addiction I went to jail for a short while, and the one common denominator was that we were all abuse survivors. We all had severe trauma. It’s really sad. I just celebrated 8 years clean. We can recover with support.

  14. Bella Bear

    675 dislikes? 657 people don't have a brain.

  15. Gina2190

    All true , trauma and isolation

  16. funchrist

    He is not a doctor . He is a practitioner

  17. Christopher Ensminger

    Do you know what is absolutely crazy? I eat to help ease my pain but I can't tell you what's even causing my pain. Whatever caused my pain has long long long since been forgotten but this "phantom pain" still goes away just a little bit every time I eat. How wild is that?!

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