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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts : Close Encounters with Addiction

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In this timely and profoundly original book, writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of various addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and outlines what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold. Starting with a dramatically close view of Maté's drug addicted patients, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts weaves in stories of real people while providing a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting-edge scientific findings. A haunting, compassionate and deeply personal examination of the nature of addiction.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 466 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 28mm | 480.81g
  • Random House Canada
  • Mississauga, Canada
  • English
  • 8 B&W THROUGHOUT
  • 0676977413
  • 9780676977417
  • 23,745

About Gabor Mate

GABOR MATÉ, MD, is the author of the bestselling books Scattered Minds and When the Body Says No--published in nearly twenty languages on five continents--and co-author, with Gordon Neufeld, of Hold On To Your Kids. Former medical columnist for the Globe and Mail where his byline continues to be seen on issues of health and parenting, Dr. Maté has had a family practice, worked as a palliative care physician and, most recently, with the addicted men and women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.show more

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"A harrowingly honest, compassionate, sometimes angry look at addiction and the people whose lives have been disordered by it." —Ottawa Citizen "Maté does a great service by forcing us to confront the us-and-them mentality that drives the get-tough responses to addiction.... I highly recommend Hungry Ghosts to everyone seeking insight into addiction." —The Vancouver Sun "Excellent.... One of the book's strengths is Maté's detailed and compassionate characterization of the afflicted addicts he treats, but this is not just a memoir. Rather, using his own experience as well as the most advanced recent research, he attempts to delineate the closely interrelated psychological, social, and neurological dimensions of addiction.... A calm, unjudging, compassionate attentiveness to what is happening within." —The Walrusshow more

Table of contents

Author’s Note Hungry Ghosts: The Realm of Addiction PART I: HELLBOUND TRAIN 1.The Only Home He’s Ever Had 2.The Lethal Hold of Drugs 3.The Keys of Paradise 4.You Wouldn’t Believe My Life Story 5.Angela’s Grandfather 6.Pregnancy Journal 7.Beethoven’s Birth Room 8.There’s Got to Be Some Light PART II: PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF 9.Takes One to Know One 10.Twelve-Step Journal PART III: A DIFFERENT STATE: THE ADDICTED BRAIN 11.What Is Addiction? 12.From Vietnam to “Rat Park” 13.A Different State of the Brain 14.Through a Needle, a Warm Soft Hug 15.Cocaine, Dopamine and Candy Bars 16.Like a Child Not Released PART IV: HOW THE ADDICTED BRAIN DEVELOPS 17.Their Brains Never Had a Chance 18.Trauma, Stress and the Biology of Addiction 19.It’s Not in the Genes PART V: THE ADDICTION PROCESS AND THE ADDICTIVE PERSONALITY 20.“A Void I’ll Do Anything to Avoid” 21.Too Much Time on External Things 22.Poor Substitutes For Love PART VI: IMAGINING A HUMANE REALITY: BEYOND THE WAR ON DRUGS 23.Dislocation and the Social Roots of Addiction 24.Know Thine Enemy 25.A Failed War 26.Freedom of Choice and the Choice of Freedom 27.Imagining an Enlightened Social Policy on Drugs 28.A Necessary Small Step: Harm Reduction PART VII: THE ECOLOGY OF HEALING 29.The Power of Compassionate Curiosity 30.The Internal Climate 31.The Four Steps, Plus One 32.Sobriety and the External Milieu 33.A Word to Families, Friends and Caregivers 34.There Is Nothing Lost Memories and Miracles: An Epilogue Postscript Appendices i:Adoption and Twin Study Fallacies ii:A Close Link: Attention Deficit Disorder and Addictions iii:The Prevention of Addiction iv:The Twelve Steps Endnotes Acknowledgments Permissions Index From the Hardcover edition.show more

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