Gabor Maté on Addiction

In my own journey to understand drug addiction within my own family, I came across Gabor Maté when I heard about his book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction which offers a fresh understanding of what causes addiction and moves beyond the more familiar models of 12-step programs and tough love. Where do we delineate between acceptable addictions and ones that go punished? I invite you to listen to this interview that offers a more compassionate approach to understanding the root cause of addiction and how, as a society we might better serve a segment of our population that suffers from addiction.