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    DescriptionBased 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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    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
    Close Encounters with Addiction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gabor Mate, Foreword by Contributor Peter Levine
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 495
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    ISBN 13: 9781556438806
    ISBN 10: 155643880X

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    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    01 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Berkeley, CA
    Author Information
    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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    "A riveting account of human cravings, this book needs to get into as many hands as possible. Mate's resonant, unflinching analysis of addiction today shatters the assumptions underlying our War on Drugs." --Norm Stamper, former Seattle Chief of Police and author of "Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing" "In this brilliant and well-documented book, Gabor Mate locates the source of addictions in the trauma of an emotionally empty childhood, making it a relational rather than a medical problem. Such a radical thesis of cause leads to human connection rather than traditional treatment as the cure. This passionate and compassionate book, filled with scientific evidence and personal narratives, should be on the shelf of every person interested in the pervasive challenge of addiction." --Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of "Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples" and cofounder of Imago Relationship Therapy "Dr. Mate's latest book is a moving, debate-provoking, and multi-layered look at how addiction arises, the people afflicted with it and why he supports decriminalization of all drugs, including crystal meth.... ["In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts"] reads not only as a lively textbook analysis of the physiological and psychological causes of drug addiction, but also as an investigation into his heart and mind." --"The Globe and Mail" "In this comprehensive and courageous book ... Mate relates, with compassion and honesty, the poignant stories of severe substance addicts - the hungry ghosts, in Buddhist-realm terminology - whom he treats. And it is the addicts' stories and the clear logic of the latest science and statistics that Mate shares which convince the reader that society's attitudes toward, and treatment of, addiction must change. .... This 480-page tome, exhausting in delineating and substantiating its causes, remains a remarkably lyrical, engaging read." "--In Recovery Magazine" "It'si