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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

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Based on Gabor Maté’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. 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 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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Product Details

ISBN:
9781583944202
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Subject:
Self-Help : Substance Abuse & Addictions - Drug Dependence
Foreword:
Levine, Peter A. PhD
Author:
Mate M. D., Gabor
Author:
Mate, Gabor MD
Subject:
Social Science : Disease & Health Issues
Subject:
Social Science : Social Work
Publication Date:
June 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
520

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » Substance Abuse and Addictions » Drug Dependence
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Disease and Health Issues
History and Social Science » Sociology » Social Work

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