In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: A Candid Conversation About Addiction with Gabor Maté and Joe Polish - Genius Network #66


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Is addiction the biggest crisis we've ever faced? Can we do anything about it? In a candid conversation about addiction, Gabor Maté and Joe Polish define what addiction is and why it's actually a solution to pain.

Gabor Maté is a Hungarian-born Canadian physician with a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma, and in their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, including on ADHD, addictions and a wide range of other conditions.

Recorded LIVE at the 2017 Genius Network Annual Event

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Here’s a glance at what you’ll learn from Gabor in this episode:

  • Why addiction is the biggest crisis we've ever faced and what we're doing about it…
  • Gabor Maté defines what addiction is and why it's actually a solution to pain
  • How the criminal justice system treats addiction and why we must change how people view and treat addicts
  • Gabor and Joe discuss the opioid epidemic and why it’s been happening for decades The reason why every case of addiction originates from trauma and deep pain
  • Joe shares his struggle with addiction and Gabor shares his personal story of workaholism
  • Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton: A fascinating insight into the difference between overt trauma and developmental trauma
  • Joe asks Gabor, "If someone was raped or molested as a child, how do you interact with your perpetrator if you still know them?"
  • Addicts lie, cheat, steal and cause trouble through self-destruction. Gabor and Joe discuss how to interact (and be compassionate) with addicts…
  • Gabor talks about epigenetics and how our environment influences our genes
  • The meaning of recovery and how we reconnect with ourselves in recovery
  • Gabor talks about "respectable addictions" and how disdain gets projected onto other people
  • How parents unknowingly pass on trauma from one generation to the next…
  • Gabor discusses why A.D.D. is a response to trauma and how A.D.D. is an adaptation
  • Traumaphobia: Why we're surrounded by trauma and yet we don't talk about it
  • What Gabor would ask Harvey Weinstein and how Gabor suggests we treat addiction
  • Why we can’t punish pain out of people and how we can help people fighting silent battles
  • What we can do to heal the family system, heal the individual and recover from addiction

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