January 5, 2010
January 5, 2010
Based on Gabor Maté'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 Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté 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 Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories-including the author's candid discussion of his own "high-status" addictive tendencies-and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.
Dr. Gabor Maté has spent more than 20 years studying and treating addiction in Canada, and he channels his wisdom and experience into a persuasive argument that the current system for combating one of the world's most prevalent social problems is inherently flawed. Maté states that addiction is not an individual condition, but rather an intrinsic evolutionary reaction to a myriad of social and biological factors which have emerged over centuries. Citing multi-disciplinary research from around the world, as well as examples culled from his own life and personal experience, Maté illustrates why the antagonistic approach to addiction exemplified by America's "War on Drugs" is entirely counterproductive and outlines a more holistic treatment which employs methods which aim to increase a patient's self-awareness and ambition.
Genre: Psychology, Self Improvement
Sub-Genre: Psychopathology / Addiction
- Genre: Self Improvement, Psychology
- Subgenre: Psychopathology / Addiction
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books
- Pages: 493
- Language: English
- Release Date: January 5, 2010
- Author: Gabor Mate
- Online Item #: 12070659
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-4565
- ISBN: 9781556438806
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported