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Treating Addiction with Empathy Works

This excellent TIME.com article about Dr Gabor Mate's work with addicts will make anyone with an interest in addiction want to read more. If you're wondering: Does addiction anything to do with me? see quotes below.

"How do you define addiction? 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. Note that I said nothing about substances — it’s any behavior that has temporary relief and negative consequences and loss of control."

...we live in a culture that promotes addiction, left, right and center. Addiction essentially is trying to get something from the outside to fill a gap and soothe pain. The entire economy is based on people seeking soothing from outside. The addict symbolizes all of our self-loathing."

The author of the article is Maia Szalavitz, a neuroscience journalist for TIME.com and co-author of Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential — and Endangered.

Maia Szalavitz is a neuroscience journalist for TIME.com and co-author, with Bruce Perry, of Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential — and Endangered.

How do you define addiction?
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. Note that I said nothing about substances — it’s any behavior that has temporary relief and negative consequences and loss of control.

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