In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Close Encounters with Addiction

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Publisher Description

From bestselling author Gabor Maté, the essential resource for understanding the roots and behaviors of addiction--now with an added introduction by the author.

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.

GENRE
Health, Mind & Body
RELEASED
2010
January 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
536
Pages
PUBLISHER
North Atlantic Books
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
17.8
MB

Customer Reviews

C. Mandell ,

A Life-Enhancing Book

My mind has been opened with Mate's wisdom, my heart opened by his incredible compassion. Not only one of the most informative on human nature, but one of the most transformative as well. I am in awe.

dimax47 ,

A True Blessing

As an alcoholic I found this book more helpful than others I read due to the insights and practical steps Dr. Mate offers to the addicted brain. His advice has proven helpful to me as I learn to be self-compassionate versus self-critical. A must read, in my opinion.

xxjeuendun ,

Hungry Ghosts

I loved this book. I read it bc of one person and almost see everyone in it. It’s very sad but gives hope. When you see drug addicts as bad people, or someone who just makes bad choices, well, this a real eye opener.
We need compassion, without letting it take over.

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