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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts Close Encounters with Addiction

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ISBN-10: 155643880X

ISBN-13: 9781556438806

Edition: 2010

Authors: Gabor Mat�, Peter A. Levine, Gabor Mat�

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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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 1/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Born in Budapest, Gabor Mat�immigrated to Canada at the age of twelve. He spent some time working as a teacher before returning to university to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. He ran a popular family practice for many years, and spent twelve years working in Vancouver's downtown eastside, caring for patients suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, and HIV. In the 1990s, Dr. Mat� was a regular medical columnist for the Vancouver Sunand the Globe and Mail. He is also the author of four works of non-fiction. His most recent book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won a Hubert Evans Award in 2010. In addition to being a physician and…    

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