Dr. Gabor Maté: Dislocation and the Treatment of Addictions

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Dr. Gabor Maté: Dislocation and the Treatment of Addictions

Gabor Maté left Hungary with his family in 1956 as part of the refugee exodus following the October revolt against the regime. His family also experienced anti-semitism during that time. Gabor and his family immigrated to Vancouver, where Gabor felt “like a fish out of water” as a thirteen-year-old who had absorbed the history, culture and “historical angst” of Eastern Europe. As a physician working in the area of addictions, Dr. Maté spent twelve years working in Vancouver’s Downtown East side with people affected by early experiences of dislocation and trauma. In the interview, he reflects upon his personal experience of cultural dislocation as well as his work in Vancouver.

Gabor Maté was born in Budapest, Hungary, and left with his parents and younger brother Janos one month after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. They immigrated to Canada through Pier 21 in 1957, and travelled by train to Vancouver, B.C. As a physician, Gabor specializes in addictions research and ADHD.

Gabor Maté, arrived from Hungary, 1957. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 [14.02.28GJM].

Clip Context: Gabor Maté was born in Budapest, Hungary, and left with his parents and younger brother Janos one month after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. They immigrated to Canada through Pier 21 in 1957, and travelled by train to Vancouver, B.C. As a physician, Gabor specializes in addictions research and ADHD.

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