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Gabor Maté, MD.: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Gabor Maté, MD.: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Gabor Maté, MD.: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

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Gabor Maté, MD.: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

(596 pages, paperback)

Language: Hungarian

Gabor Maté is a staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV and, in many cases, all four.  But if Dr. Maté’s patients are at the far end of the spectrum, there are many among us who are also struggling with addictions.  Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, work, food, sex, gambling and excessive inappropriate spending: what is amiss with our lives that we seek such selfdestructive ways to comfort ourselves?  And why is it so difficult to stop these habits, even as they threaten our health, jeopardize our relationships and corrode our lives?

Starting with a close view of his drug addicted patients, Dr. Maté looks at his own history of compulsive behaviour, weaving a story of real people who struggle with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain.  A bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings, Dr. Maté sheds light on this most puzzling of human frailties.  He proposes a compassionate approach to helping drug addicts and, for the many behaviour addicts among us, to addressing the void addiction is meant to fill.

"I believe there is one addiction process, whether it manifests in the lethal substance dependencies of my Downtown Eastside patients, the frantic self-soothing of overeaters or shopaholics, the obsessions of gamblers, sexaholics and compulsive internet users, or in the socially acceptable and even admired behaviours of the workaholic.  Drug addicts are often dismissed and discounted as unworthy of empathy and respect.  In telling their stories my intent is to help their voices to be heard and to shed light on the origins and nature of their ill-fated struggle to overcome suffering through substance use.  Both in their flaws and their virtues they share much in common with the society that ostracizes them.  If they have chosen a path to nowhere, they still have much to teach the rest of us.  In the dark mirror of their lives we can trace outlines of our own."
—from In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

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