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Based on Gabor Matés two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouvers skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical "condition" distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction. Simplifying a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, the book avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories—including the authors candid discussion of his own "high-status" addictive tendencies—and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.

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Based on Gabor Mate's two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver's skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Mate presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical condition distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction. Simplifying a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, the book avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories--including the author's candid discussion of his own high-status addictive tendencies--and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.

About the Author

Gabor Maté, MD, is a physician, author, seminar leader, and acclaimed public speaker. His bestselling books include Scattered, When the Body Says No, and Hold onto Your Kids. A former medical columnist for The Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail, he lives in Vancouver, BC.

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DrPayam1, July 26, 2014 (view all comments by DrPayam1)
As a psychotherapist, I found this book impressive in its scope and depth. This eye-opening book offers a fresh look at addiction.
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dial m for moniker, September 29, 2011 (view all comments by dial m for moniker)
This is my first book by Dr. Mate and after reading it, I plan on reading more. It covers in some detail, without being overburdened by details, the biological and psychological drives of addiction and the political context in which it functions.
The last few chapters, when he goes into the healing that is possible were beautiful, hopeful, and brought tears.
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dial m for moniker, September 29, 2011 (view all comments by dial m for moniker)
This is my first book by Dr. Mate and after reading it, I plan on reading more. It covers in some detail, without being overburdened by details, the biological and psychological drives of addiction and the political context in which it functions.
The last few chapters, when he goes into the healing that is possible were beautiful, hopeful, and brought tears.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781556438806
Author:
Mate, Gabor
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Foreword by:
Levine, Peter
Foreword:
Levine, Peter
Author:
Mate, Gabor MD
Author:
Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.
Author:
Mate M. D., Gabor
Author:
Levine, Peter A. PhD
Author:
Peter A. Levine Ph.D.
Author:
Gabor Mate, M.D.
Subject:
Psychopathology - Addiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social Work
Subject:
Substance Abuse & Addictions - Drug Dependence
Subject:
Substance-Related Disorders -- physiopathology.
Subject:
Behavior, Addictive -- psychology.
Subject:
General Health & Fitness
Subject:
Drug Dependence
Subject:
Recovery and Addiction - General
Subject:
addiction;psychology;drugs;non-fiction;health;vancouver;canada;treatment;mental health
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 BandW PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 1.775 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Based on Gabor Mate's two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver's skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Mate presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical condition distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction. Simplifying a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, the book avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories--including the author's candid discussion of his own high-status addictive tendencies--and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.

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