Dr. Gabor Maté: Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca in Addiction
Addiction is a plague upon humanity, no matter the cause, being unable to control a habit is never a good thing. Traditionally, society sees addiction as a failure of the person – that person has managed to get themselves addicted to something, so they must not be normal and should subsequently be shunned, or treated with quick fix solutions. However, Dr. Gabor Maté, a Canadian physician, has a different outlook on it all.
Dr. Gabor Maté has been working with those suffering from addiction for years, and feels we are looking at addiction all wrong. Addiction isn’t something that occurs to make people feel abnormal, but quite the opposite - as a coping mechanism to actually make the user feel a bit more normal and in control. He uses the example of heroin to explain this. Heroin activates parts of the brain that numb pain, produce pleasure and reward, and create a feeling of human connectivity. For anyone suffering from a lack of connectivity and love in their life, heroin offers a sweet relief, allowing the user to feel life is worth living – perhaps for the first time in a very long time.
AYAHUASCA AND ADDICTION
Although not a wonder cure, Dr. Gabor Maté believes that Ayahuasca may offer those suffering from addiction, in all of its forms, a medium for recovery – when used as part of contextual therapy. Used under the right circumstances, it can help highlight psychological baggage within our lives, and allow us to come to terms with ourselves, and feel connections in a way that we never could – without the labels and interpretations the world puts on us. Through this understanding, connectivity and ability to see ourselves as we are, addiction can be cured.
There is no finer example of this than in the case of Giovanna Valls, sister of the French Prime Minister. Through ayahuasca led therapy, she was able to completely beat her heroin addiction.
Check out the video below to hear the word right from the doctor’s mouth, and gain a better insight as to the real potential of ayahuasca based therapy.