The hungry ghost: A biopsychosocial approach to addiction, from heroin to workaholism

Description

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.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Gabor Mate

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

Collection

Citation

“The hungry ghost: A biopsychosocial approach to addiction, from heroin to workaholism,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed January 18, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/23797.

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