When we hear the word 'addiction' we usually think of substance abuse. However, I believe that we are all addicted in a way. Dr. Gabor Maté defines an addiction as 'any behavior that is associated with craving and temporary relief, and with long-term negative consequences, that a person is not able to give up.' For example, we are addicted to negative emotions, conditioned patterning, comfort eating, etc.
Dr. Gabor Maté is brilliant, compassionate, inspiring, touching and just so real. He has been working with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for 12 years. In his workshops and books he elucidates how we can 're-cover' from addictions through reconnecting with our authentic selves. Paraphazing Gabor, 're-covering' means to get back in touch with our truth - yes, the truth has always been within us. It was just covered. Gabor is shifting our prospective from one that blames circumstances on the outside for our behavior, to one from which we acknowledge our responsability for this lost connection as a first step to find back to our inner source.
We are lucky: Gabor is coming back to Edmonton for a workshop on November 2nd: Mind-Body Approaches to Addiction Recovery with Dr. Gabor Maté. I am very excited about this training and maybe I'll see you there...
I also warmly recommend his books In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addictions and When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress.