How Childhood Trauma Leads to Addiction – Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté CM (born January 6, 1944) is a Hungarian-born Canadian physician. He has a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood …


  1. This is one of the most beautiful messages I have ever received: "I stumbled upon your YouTube channel a few days ago. I just wanted to say thank you and let you know that your videos are being shown to drug addicts at a facility in Dayton, OH where they are making a real impact on our patients. This area has been ravaged by heroine addiction and I work as a counselor helping people turn their lives around. Many of the clients I work with have never heard the things found in the content of these videos. The content paired with the illustrations makes them memorable and easier to understand. Your videos are spreading good in the world and making the world a better place. Thank you." – Kyle W.

    It is both inspiring and humbling to think that these videos could provide a light to someone in a time of darkness. The true purpose of After Skool is self discovery. Know thyself. We're all at different places on the same journey. We're all fighting our own battles. The more we understand our true nature, the more we heal our past traumas and reconnect with our authenticity. And as corny as it sounds, we are all in this together. "For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what I ought to be until I am what I ought to be – this is the interrelated structure of reality." – Martin Luther King Jr.

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  2. I really love the picture with a father holding the child.. the maternal function can also be performed by fathers when mothers lack this function or when is poorly.developed or struggle with post partum anxiety.. depresion and so on… Thx for the video! Liked and subscribed!

  3. This is probably the first video and comments below that I've seen in a long time that is positive and possible.
    So glad this helps all ages of minds, lost or found this is needed to be said heard and shown.
    Finally the algorithm got something right.

    Scared to say the computer knows, but finally not just as a sales ad. Self review.
    Cheers, to each mind recovering.
    You can do it! It's a hard goal, very well worth it!.
    Addiction sucks, not waking up sucks way more!

  4. That was an interesting and helpful briefing over truama I liked the idea of "reconnection" and "recovery", that reminds me of mindfulness which I started recently as an answer to my urgent need of feeling the present moment and finding myself

  5. Reconnecting with the body…it’s been a long year but 2020 gave me just what I needed to make major changes. Happy to say I’m 48 pounds lighter than I was in Feb last year and almost have my dancer’s body back. Doing ballet again at 56 ❤️. Now, time to ramp up my work in the emotional realm. No matter what your experience, we can do this.

  6. Wow, this really hits home with me. I’ve been off opiates for like 5 years, but I still don’t feel like the person I was before. I feel like I lost myself and I have no idea how to get back, if that makes sense. It’s like I can look back and I know all of the things that caused my trauma, but that doesn’t change anything. I still struggle with other addictions, they don’t cause nearly as much grief as opiates did, but they still aren’t healthy. So I don’t think I’m really in recovery yet, though I like to pretend I am sometimes. An addiction is an addiction, I just replace one for another every so often..

  7. Gabor Mate is one truly profound voice in the field of psychology – correlating childhood trauama with addiction. One that always resonated with me, when I first heard him back in 2018. I can always feeling as tho I had signed up as a "guinea pig", for this journey here on earth. Only wishing for the advancement of humanity. The experiences I have gathered and the understandings.. I really wish them to not go to waste. Alot of people from my time in addiction usto refer to their illicit source of use as their "medicine".. Because it really serves as that with people that have a "broken soul". And there is also another saying that that using is a slow form of suicide. Would you punish someone that was suicidal and was just trying to cope? Well that is what our American justice system does. The last attempt that I had tried to get help at a "treatment" center (I was just trying to remove myself from people), they only caused me more trauma by keeping me against my will. – Anxiety cues, are warning signs by your creator that something amidst is wrong. If you know how to tell the difference from "bs anxiety" is what I think of when we are in flight or fight mode, or when it's our GUT telling us something is wrong. I was at this place, and literally had a panic attack. My body was telling me the place was all wrong. And it was. they were giving drugs to the patients, as my body become more clear and mind, my premonitions kept getting stronger in my dreams. And I was able to escape. But the place was a sham, everyone was miserable there, it had a "dark" energy. I spoke with my therapist one time and asked her what if my gut is telling me this isn't the place for me? she said it is wrong. i replied, my gut, my insticts that have kept me alive for such and such long, you are saying they are wrong? Bad news. But I have found when there is a will, it will come into alignment with God's will/your higher self – and so there be a way. Alot of these psychologists are quite crooked and abusive (they can be), but not all. The children grow up either being victims or mimicking the abusers they saw.

  8. What I MOST LOVE about Gabor Mate' is that he LABELS the VERY THINGS that we NEED to survive….not analyse the information and then describe all the things that we don't need or need in things that are unobtainable….without the realistic understanding of TRUE and serious craving. By doing this….he has pinpointed how addiction is as PREVALENT and LAID BARE for WHAT IT IS! Not how dreadful people are finding themselves NOT CAPABLE of kicking their destructive agonies! These agonies ARE REAL….and by labelling the underpinning causes….the 'lack of secure' "attachment"….he PINPOINTS the very goals to which addicts must aspire! THIS IS the beauty of his work in his attempts to gain FREEDOM for those suffering addiction affliction!!

  9. i've had such horrible, terrible and disgusting things happen to me and yet i dont use drugs. I am not as messed up as i should be. I wonder why? I know my therapist and phycologist told me i am lucky, but i rather have a better answer to that. Is there? I mean should i even care to know? I mean i am a little messed up. I have a severe anxiety disorder, but for the most part even if i stop medications i feel i do good on my own. AAAH this is all to personal right? not like anyone will see this.

  10. this is a complete bullshit i had a awesome childhood i enjoy drinking but everything is not due to trauma !!! i just enjoy it man i think its mostly due to social structure !! people may get addicted due to trauma but not all of them!!

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