Addiction – From root causes to prevention

Hungry Ghosts – Understanding Addiction:

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.  Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or to behavioural addictions such as shopping or sex. Helping the addicted individual requires that we appreciate the function of the addiction in his or her life. More than a disease, the addiction is a response to a distressing life history and life situation. 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

What you will learn?

1. What is the source of addictions?

2. What happens chemically and physiologically in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction?

3. The false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, as social lubricant, and so on;)

4. The development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain;

5. The social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment;

6. How much choice does the addict really have, and how much responsibility?

7. Developing a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible;

8.How to encourage the addict to take responsibility;

9.The prevention of addiction, both in adolescence and before.

 

Where? Young Hearts & Minds Event – Waterfront Hall

When ? Thursday 28th June – 1420 – 1520

Cost ? £48 – 2 Days / £35 – 1 Day

 

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A little bit about the speaker!

 Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor ma-TAY) is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver’s unique Supervised Injection Site, North America’s first such facility. He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psycho-physiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. Gabor is the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree of Law from the University of Northern British Columbia, among other awards. In 2017 he was named among 150 Canadians as a Difference Maker in Mental Health by the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health. He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. His next book, now in progress, The Myth of Normal: Finding Our Authentic Self in a Toxic Culture. To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.

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