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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Close Encounters With Addiction
Maté, Gabor (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts


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"...This insightful book explores the scientific and psychological causes of addiction, as well as the impact on the addicts treated at the Downtown Eastside Vancouver clinic where Maté is a physician. He widens the lens to address the larger societal problem--speaking also to the risks of more "high-status" addictions, such as wealth, power, and sex. He boldly challenges the War on Drugs, proposing a more holistic, constructive set of alternatives. A riveting, debate-provoking book about an illness that reaches all levels of society, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts provides a much-needed glimpse of hope from an innovator who is taking on addiction with startling clarity, vision, and wisdom."--Cover, p. 4.
Authors: Maté, Gabor
Title: In the realm of hungry ghosts
close encounters with addiction
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. :, North Atlantic Books,, c2010
Edition: U.S. ed
Characteristics: xviii, 495 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gabor Maté ; foreword by Peter Levine
Contents: Author's note
Preface to the U.S. edition
Foreword / by Peter Levine
Hungry ghosts : the realm of addiction
Pt. I : Hellbound train
The Only home he's ever had
The Lethal hold of drugs
The Keys of paradise : addiction as a flight from distress
You wouldn't believe my life story
Angela's grandfather
Pregnancy journal
Beethoven's birth room
There's got to be some light
Pt. II : Physician, heal thyself
Takes one to know one
Twelve-step journal : April 5, 2006
Pt. III : A Different state of the brain
What is addiction?
From Vietnam to "Rat Park" : do drugs cause addiction?
A Different state of the brain
Through a needle, a warm, soft hug
Cocaine, dopamine, and candy bars : the incentive system in addiction
Like a child not released
Pt. IV : How the addicted brain develops
Their brains never had a chance
Trauma, stress, and the biology of addiction
It's not in the genes
Pt. V : The Addiction process and the addictive personality
"A Void I'll do anything to avoid"
Too much time on external things : the addiction-prone personality
Poor substitutes for love : behavioral addictions and their origins
Pt. VI : Imagining a humane reality : beyond the war on drugs
The Social roots of addiction
Know thine enemy
"Ignorant fanaticism" : the failed war on drugs
Freedom of choice and the choice of freedom
Toward an enlightened social policy on drugs
Reducing harm
Pt. VII : The Ecology of healing
The Power of compassionate curiosity
The Internal climate
The Four steps, plus one
Sobriety and the external milieu
A Word to families, friends, and caregivers
There is nothing lost : addiction and the spiritual quest
Memories and miracles : an epilogue
Postscript
Appendices
I : Fallacies of adoption and twin studies
II : A Close link : attention deficit disorder and addictions
III : The Prevention of addiction
IV : The Twelve steps
Endnotes
Acknowledgments
Permissions
Index
About the author
Summary: "...This insightful book explores the scientific and psychological causes of addiction, as well as the impact on the addicts treated at the Downtown Eastside Vancouver clinic where Maté is a physician. He widens the lens to address the larger societal problem--speaking also to the risks of more "high-status" addictions, such as wealth, power, and sex. He boldly challenges the War on Drugs, proposing a more holistic, constructive set of alternatives. A riveting, debate-provoking book about an illness that reaches all levels of society, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts provides a much-needed glimpse of hope from an innovator who is taking on addiction with startling clarity, vision, and wisdom."--Cover, p. 4.
ISBN: 9781556438806
155643880X
Branch Call Number: 616.86 M4253i 2010
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Report This Oct 09, 2013
  • ktnv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book, well worth the read for anyone interested in having a deeper understanding of addiction. Check out the TED talk under video.

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  • pridi_o rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A MUST READ! Thank you Dr. Mate for your honesty, passion, kindness and a super human heart.

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  • kevincody1964 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best book i've read regarding addiction/self-help. I've read a lot of em too, as a recovered addict and former member of the 12-step community. This book begins to explain it all, mostly, and in a compassionate understanding way. If we weren't so addicted to being right and ideology this book view could be the basis of all public policy on addiction recovery/treatment. Until then we are all stuck in a downward spiral. Dr Mate has some very great YouTube speeches from various sources as well!! tedx in rio being just one short one. check em out!!

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  • annacyc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read, kept me interested and educated me as well. I found this book to be easy to read and very real, I could relate many of the case studies and theories to people I know personally and professionally. I think the most impactful part of this book for me was gaining a better understanding of addiction, attachment and the impact that both can have on our lives. A very human book, once I started to understand Mr. Mate`s theories then I found myself being much more open to other theories and ideas.

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  • wiredonjava rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dr. Gabor Mate steeps himself into the chaotic, depraved world of an addict and manages to relate, convey compassion, expose the vulnerability of the human spirit and becomes humbled by his experiences. Enlightening stories. I also recommend reading his article on-line about Attention Deficit Disorder.

Report This Sep 22, 2011
  • eatbooksforbreakfast rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My job in public transportation takes me through Main and Hastings on a regular basis. I appreciate the insight this book gave me into some of my most desperate customers...sure I can give you a free ride.

Report This Sep 22, 2011
  • Lukeinvancouver rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

With all due respect, I do not think that Richard (below) has read the book, or maybe he just has a grudge against Gabor Mate. (How would he know what the doctor would answer to his hypothetical questions?) I cannot agree with his characterization of the book. I think it is a great and insightful work. Furthermore, Dr. Mate is brutally honest about some of his own shortcomings. He also honestly mentions his own addiction (of buying music CDs). I live not far from the DTE and the author shows the human face of the people living there, including the person who had the habit of greeting him with a NAZI salute. (If memory serves, Dr. Mate lost family in the Holocaust.) I give it an unqualified five star rating.

Report This Jul 27, 2011
  • justinjoschko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A poignant and articulate portrait of Vancouver's east side. Mate gives us a frank, unflinching glimpse of the Portland Hotel and its poverty-stricken residents, and offers a powerful treatise against the War on Drugs. An insightful and moving read, though I found the conclusion lost steam.

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  • 21288004246712 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

drug addicts as people not criminals

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Report This Oct 09, 2013
  • ktnv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power: Gabor Maté at TED

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