The following interview with Dr. Gabor Mate provides additional context for his work and beliefs about addiction. One surprising statement he makes is that less than five percent of his patients overcome their addictions – not the best of outcomes. Of course what “overcome” means and how to define outcomes are messy topics, but I am far more optimistic about the tenacity of the human spirit to change.
Addiction is most definitely a challenge, but one reason for poor outcomes has been the lack of understanding about the nature of addiction, and the need for a comprehensive solution. Watch the interview, and then let me know your thoughts about Dr. Gabor Mate’s conclusions.
See my next post on the Gabor Mate addiction podcast.