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.

Dr. Mate also talks about the origin of manipulation tactics used by the addict – the discussion might surprise you.

And now for the painful question Dr. Mate grapples with – are we in North America an addict society, even without the evidence of typical addictive substances?

It should be noted that there are a lot of holistic approaches to both addiction and childhood trauma, not limited to: B.E.S.T. (treatment helpful in removing shame, a source for addiction), Flower Essence therapy (extremely helpful for childhood issues), EMDR (removes emotional charge behind trauma, triggers), Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Homeopathy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and more. EMDR and NLP are a growing part of conventional therapy sessions, which means they’d be covered by insurance if the practitioner uses them.

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Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.



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