In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts Close Encounters with Addiction

ISBN-10: 155643880X
ISBN-13: 9781556438806
Edition: 2010
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Description: 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 Ghostsradically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 1/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

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 Ghostsradically 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 Ghostsargues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal storiesincluding the author's candid discussion of his own "high-status" addictive tendenciesand science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.

Author's Note
Preface to the U.S. Edition
Foreword by Peter Levine
Hungry Ghosts: The Realm of Addiction
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
Physician, Heal Thyself
Takes One to Know One
Twelve-Step Journal: April 5, 2006
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
How the Addicted Brain Develops
Their Brains Never Had a Chance
Trauma, Stress, and the Biology of Addiction
It's Not in the Genes
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
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
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
Fallacies of Adoption and Twin Studies
A Close Link: Attention Deficit Disorder and Addicrions
The Prevention of Addiction
The Twelve Steps
Endnotes
Acknowledgments
Permissions
Index
About the Author

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