In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts : Close Encounters with Addiction

By (author) Gabor Mate , Foreword by Contributor Peter Levine

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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.

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  • Paperback | 495 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 793.78g
  • 01 Feb 2011
  • NORTH ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Berkeley, CA
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 155643880X
  • 9781556438806
  • 10,092

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Gabor Mate, 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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Praise for "Hold on to Your Kids": "Mate has expressed [Neufeld's] ideas in precise and hard-hitting prose that makes complex ideas accessible without dumbing them down. The result is a book that grabs hard." --"Edmonton Journal" Praise for "When the Body Says No": "When Mate witnesses and testifies to human suffering, including his own, he is compassionate and compelling." --"The Globe and Mail" "Written with clarity and compassion. . . . The book's characteristics seem to describe Mate himself: armed with knowledge and straight from the heart." --"Georgia Straight" "[An] enthralling exploration. . . . Mate probes deeply into the life histories and psyches of [his] many patients. . . . What emerges is nothing short of a revelation." --"Edmonton Journal" "From the Hardcover edition."

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Based on Gabor Mate's two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work...

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