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ADDICTION BEGINS DURING CHILDHOOD

BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D. “The basic cause of addiction is predominantly experience-dependent during childhood, and not substance dependent. The current concept of addiction is ill-founded” -Dr. Felitti Lack of proper mothering is the main cause of addiction The mammalian brain develops largely under the…

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HOW DRUG ADDICTS ARE MADE

Inadequate parents create inadequate children. BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D. If parents are emotionally unavailable, endorphins won’t be released, and the child will be left to his own inadequate coping mechanisms. For example, rocking or thumb-sucking as ways of self-soothing or tuning out…

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PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF

No External Remedy BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D. No external remedy improves our condition without, at the same time, making it worse. When the brain is diseased, the functions that become pathological are the person’s emotional life, thought processes, and behavior. And this…