Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Root Cause of Addiction?

Dr. Gabor Mate. Photo by Jay Black.
By Heather Callaghan

This is presented as alternative way of viewing addiction. One that does not wage war on the addict with shame and punishment from the so-called "War on drugs."

Is addiction entirely due to genetic predisposition?

That's non-sense, according to Dr. Gabor Mate who wrote In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It.

So, does addiction stem from childhood trauma? That's what show host Steve Paikin of The Agenda starts a dialog about. In this segment, he plays a friendly devil's advocate to stir up answers and you can see the easygoing Dr. Mate come alive to make his case.