In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate Md
Close Encounters with Addiction

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My mom knew my friends when I was a kid and made sure my peers were on the right path in life. Mom didn’t tell me until much, much later which of my friends she thought may have been a bad influence, but made sure I was busy with other activities if…
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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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About Gabor Mate Md

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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.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by North Atlantic Books. 521 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Professional & Technical, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Sep 26 2011

My mom knew my friends when I was a kid and made sure my peers were on the right path in life. Mom didn’t tell me until much, much later which of my friends she thought may have been a bad influence, but made sure I was busy with other activities if…

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