|Dr. Gabor Mate. Photo by Jay Black.|
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.