Friday Morning Keynote
A family physician for over three decades, Gabor Maté has become a leading voice for the destigmatization and compassionate treatment of mental health and addiction. He’s the author of four bestselling books, published in 25 languages, including When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection and the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. Not one to stay confined within the parameters of conventional practice, Maté spent years treating the hardcore drug users of Vancouver’s infamous Downtown Eastside and is a proponent of the therapeutic benefits of the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca. For his pioneering medical work and writings around trauma, mind–body health, and addiction medicine, he was awarded the Order of Canada in 2018.
In this address, he’ll discuss how in our hyper-stressed, materialistic society, physical and mental illness are not aberrations but natural outcomes of a way of life inimical to genuine human needs. Treatment, therefore, must go beyond a focus on symptoms and diagnoses to address the causes of dysfunction from a bio-psycho-social perspective.
Approved for 1 CE hour
Gabor Maté, MD, is the author of the upcoming books The Myth of Normal: Illness and Health in an Insane Culture and Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Adult Children and Their Parents.