In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction Author Gabor Mate
ISBN-10 155643880X
ISBN-13 9781556438806
Year 2010-01-05
Pages 520
Language English
Publisher North Atlantic Books
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Based on Gabor Mats 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 Mat 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 storiesincluding the authors candid discussion of his own high status addictive tendenciesand science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals

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