Our society has an odd relationship with addictions. When it comes to substance abuse, negative thought patterns or seemingly unhealthy habits, we’re quick to label an addiction as bad. And yet, when it comes to things like our careers or physical fitness, we often label those addictions as socially acceptable, or even as something we should celebrate. When someone says they’re addicted to the gym, we respect their work ethic. When someone says they’re addicted to carbs, we think their work ethic isn’t good enough.
But who decides which pattern of behavior should be seen as positive or negative? Where do we draw the line when it comes to a “good” or “bad” addiction? My guest today is one of the world’s leading experts on the study of addiction – and he’s going to share why he thinks there shouldn’t be a line at all.
His name is Dr. Gabor Maté and in today’s discussion, you’ll learn why there’s no such thing as a healthy addiction, why tapping into root causes is so beneficial to healing your trauma, the difference between nourishing and disciplining your child, and so much more. Please help me welcome Dr. Gabor Maté to The School of Greatness!
A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It, and has co authored Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His works have been published internationally in nearly thirty languages.
If you’re ready to learn how to navigate the complexities of addiction and healing from trauma, then I’m confident you’ll find value in this conversation. And now, I hope you’ll join me for Episode 1,303 of The School of Greatness!