Gabor Maté, MD, is a renowned physician and expert on mind-body wellness, who moved from Budapest to Canada during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. He ran a popular family practice in East Vancouver for two decades, and for seven years he served as medical coordinator of the palliative care unit at Vancouver Hospital, caring for the terminally ill. More recently, he worked for 12 years in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside neighborhood with patients suffering from drug addiction, mental illness, and HIV.
A former medical columnist for the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail, his best-selling books include Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It; When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection; Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers; and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. An acclaimed public speaker, he maintains a busy international speaking schedule year-round.
What People are Saying About Gabor Maté
“Gabor Maté locates the source of addictions in the trauma of an emotionally empty childhood, making it a relational rather than a medical problem. Such a radical thesis of cause leads to human connection rather than traditional treatment as the cure.”
—Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want and cofounder of Imago Relationship Therapy
“Dr. Maté makes observations that cut through all the myths and misinterpretations about addicts and how they live.”
—Addiction Treatment Magazine
“Maté’s resonant, unflinching analysis of addiction today shatters the assumptions underlying our War on Drugs.”
—Norm Stamper, former Seattle Chief of Police and author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing