STUFF HYPNOTHERAPISTS NEED TO KNOW: BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND ADDICTION.
In this fascinating presentation Dr. Gabor Mate gives answers about the nature of addiction that is relevant to regression hypnotherapy. Learn WHY healing addiction requires a process. And WHY the substance is not the problem.
The substance is the solution to the pain. The question hypnotherapists need to be asking is WHY THE PAIN? Where’s it coming from?
To understand addiction you must first identify what benefit the addict is getting from the drug of choice.
Opiates such as heroin and oxytocin are pain killers. They not only kill physical pain. They also kill emotional pain. Did you know that physical and emotional pain both register in the same part of the brain? Mate states that he does not have a patient on the east side of Vancouver (where he helps street workers and addicts) who has not been abused in childhood. Opiates produce endorphins. Did you know endorphins are the love drug? They’re essential to bonding.
Food addiction has to do with dopamine. Cocaine and crystal meth do the same thing. Here’s the shocker. Mate states very clearly:
- These drugs are not addictive.
- Addiction is not genetic.
“SOMETHING ELSE HAS TO BE THERE FOR THE DRUG TO BE ADDICTIVE.”
That “something” is a life experience. It’s in the person’s past experience. So watch this video and learn the essential nature of addiction. Discover the four brain circuits that drive addiction:
- Love/reward/pain relief
- Impulse control/urges/behavioral motivation
Be sure to watch this video. I LOVE this guy!