The hungry ghost: A biopsychosocial approach to addiction, from heroin to workaholism
Helping the addicted individual requires appreciating the function of the addiction in his or her life. More than a disease, is a response to a distressing life history. Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health. This talk will explore the following areas: The source of addictions; brain physiology of people with substance dependency or behavioral addiction; the false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g. an emotional anesthetic, social lubricant, etc.); how early childhood experiences shape the brain; the social basis of addiction in economic, cultural, and political dislocation and disempowerment; developing a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible, and the prevention of addiction, both in adolescence and before.
Original Work Citation
Mate, G. (2016, August). The hungry ghost: A biopsychosocial approach to addiction, from heroin to workaholism. Plenary presented at the 21st EMDR International Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN
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