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The Unfortunate Excitement Of Addiction

Addiction is one of the most perplexing and challenging of human habits. And why is it that we seek such destructive ways to comfort ourselves?

Addiction is one of the most perplexing and challenging of human habits. Why do some people become addicted to drugs, to alcohol, to gambling, to sexual activity, to tobacco, to overeating, to overspending? And why is it that we seek such destructive ways to comfort ourselves?

And why is it so difficult to stop these habits, even as they threaten our health, jeopardize our relationships and corrode our spirits?

For more than 10 years Gabor Mate, M.D., was been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver, British Columbia. His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV -- and in many cases all four together. He is gradually becoming well known as he shares his view of why addictive behaviors are so stimulating to the brain: they relieve emotional suffering.

In this video, he explains beautifully how addictions are related to how the brain develops and why and how the drugs of abuse offer so much vitality and excitement, even to our detriment.

Countering prevailing notions of addiction as a genetic disease or an individual moral failure, Maté presents an eloquent case that addiction – all addiction – is in fact a case of human development gone askew, the importance of a non-stressed nurturing parent and the reality of trans-generational trauma.

He is the author of the bestselling books Scattered Minds, When the Body Says No: The Hidden Cost of Stress and now In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts - Close Encounters With Addiction.

Watch his long-but-fascinating lecture here as he shares the facts about drugs and how they kill emotional pain, his experiences of working with addicts through the years -- and his own unexpected addictions.

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Johnny Blade October 04, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Seems the republocrats are both addicted to free easy money, what do you call thier addiction ... like a drug user the USA will have to hit rock bottom (currency collapse) before the sheeple will demand change ... I can't wait
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) October 05, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Thanks for that irrelevant comment. Everyone is now more stupid for reading it.
Johnny Blade October 06, 2012 at 02:06 PM
And the sheep go Baaa .. Baaaa .. go back to watchin American Idol
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) October 06, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Darn my IQ dropped again. Perhaps your energy is best used not being a moocher.
Craig October 07, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Dr Carnabucchi: I believe Johnny Blade is crying out for help. Maybe you can contact him and get him the treatment he so badly needs.

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