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In the realm of hungry ghosts : close encounters with addiction

Author: Gabor Maté
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, ©2010.
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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 Mate 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Maté, Gabor.
In the realm of hungry ghosts.
Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, ©2010
(DLC) 2009045057
(OCoLC)461256205
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gabor Maté
ISBN: 9781583944202 1583944206
OCLC Number: 767526824
Description: 1 online resource (471 pages) : illustrations
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 avaoid" --
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.
Other Titles: Close encounters with addiction
Responsibility: Gabor Maté ; foreword by Peter Levine.

Abstract:

" ... 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 Mate 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"--Page 4 of cover.

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