Brain Development & Addiction with Gabor Mate

DVD available at For over ten years Gabor Mate has been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV, and in many cases all four. But if Dr. Mate’s patients are at the end of the spectrum, there are many others among us who are also struggling with addictions. drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, compulsive work habits, sexual seeking or spending what is amiss with our lives that we seek such destructive ways to comfort ourselves? And why is it so difficult to stop these habits, even as they threaten our health, jeopardize our relationships and corrode our spirits? Gabor Mate MD is the author of the bestselling books Scattered Minds, When the Body Says No and now In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts – Close Encounters With Addiction

22 Responses to “Brain Development & Addiction with Gabor Mate”

  1. David Wishecoby says:

    Apply the love of Christ to all these needy curcuits, and you got recovery!? [=

  2. Peter Lopez says:

    I love and appreciate Brother Gabor Mate. He has helped me to understand myself and as a result I can better understand others who I try to help in my life. We need to have the integrity of love and compassion to help others? without throwing stones. ~ Peter S. Lopez AKA @Peta_de_Aztlan

  3. Maciej Krasniak says:

    You are the man dr Gabo. I know that´s you are saying is the tru. this is the tru self knowledge.
    You trying to make this peole? to understand you. You are truly the best scientist today.
    Societys should be build after your modell of thinking. people like you are very oncommon,
    the sensuous kind, the observant kind. you are the man!!! you have my blesings

  4. xXxDjShamblesxXx says:

    Well, it has to do with what he said about the way our brains are wired. If I? had a good life, lots of love from my parents, my brain would produce its own Endorphins on it’s own, without aid. If I started to do.. let’s say heroin, and it floods my brain with the same chemicals that are already there, my brain would block the receptors, the drug doesn’t do anything useful for me so there is no need to use it because the Endorphins are already there. In an addict, they are not. You see?

  5. heartspeak says:

    you can order it on? DVD from the producers at

  6. mikmaqwoman says:

    is there anyway to copy this? to a cd?

  7. MrDJLaw says:

    I believe he is saying the drug isn’t addictive, but the person that takes the drug has an addiction.

    I could take drugs whilst in hospital, the drug isn’t addictive, so when I leave the hospital,? I come off those drugs, I don’t seek those drugs outside of the hospital, unless its doing something for me other than stopping physical pain or something else.

    Could be wrong, but I think that’s the general idea.

  8. TheLostThieves says:

    Thanks for this. Very interesting, straight to the point and very easy to understand and? relate to.

  9. defconquell says:

    The best presentation I’ve? ever heard on addiction. My sister lost her life to drugs and Gabor was the only one that helped me to understand why. Thank you.

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  11. markusboyd3 says:

    I? am skeptical bout the view that no drug is inherently addicted… Maybe I misunderstood, but could anyone elaborate in this statement?

  12. 7paco says:

    00:20:55 wow, nails? what society should be asking itself

  13. Fata1paradOx says:

    Such a great? knowledge of the subject! I loved that part about judgement at the end.

  14. MisterWite1 says:

    0:43:00 <-nailed it?

  15. imbalid1 says:

    Is it possible to get a reference to his statements??

  16. FootPrints61 says:

    Dr. Mate,? thank you…from the Newman household.

  17. goldensleeves says:

    “when we’re? not in integrity, that’s when we most judgmental of other people because we can’t stand seeing in others what we don’t like about ourselves.” WOW what a statement.

  18. waddupitsjonny says:

    man? is a genius

  19. blackenise says:

    wow the very last sentence was so strong! i was like boom 😮 thank you? gobar!

  20. vabyss78 says:

    It is beautiful to see someone so open and so remarkably self-aware. He has endured true struggle in his own life, and therefore understands the downtrodden much better than the average? ivy league doc who has never known strife. He even admits to his own addiction.

    This is my fourth of fifth video from Dr. Mate and he only gets better.

  21. farmfarmdorrie says:

    He is such an important voice in the? field of addiction & brain development. Any person who considers trying cocaine/crack, needs to remember 4:18

  22. bistnenutte says:

    this is excellent! great lecture! Gabor Mate is truly a pioneer in addiction analizing and undertsanding. addicts are very much shunned from society and are treated like criminals. were all human, and we need to be less judgemental. we truly are all addicts to substences/material posessions etc, and were all whores to the system itself. our egos and our selfishness blinds us? from understanding and compassion. we all have issues, no ones excluded. were all human and were all the same. Mate FTW