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In the realm of hungry ghosts : close encounters with addiction

Author: Maté Gabor
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maté Gabor
ISBN: 9781556438806 155643880X
OCLC Number: 759880572
Description: xviii, 495 s. : illustrations
Contents: From back of book --
" Based on Gabor Mate's two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his work with the severely addicted on Vancouver's skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts 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. This book argues against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories --
including the author's discussion of his own "high-status" addictive tendencies --
and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals"
Other Titles: Close encounters with addiction
Responsibility: Gabor Maté ; foreword by Peter Levine


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