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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (897 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gabor Mate Narrator: Daniel Maté Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Profoundly original, best-selling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them, and details what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviors. 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 self-destructive 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 behavior, weaving a story of real people who struggle with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain. In 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 behavior 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 ... Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carolyn.frimpter | 2/20/2014

    " Outstanding book about addiction. The author is a doctor who has worked with addicts in Vancouver. I didn't want to read it- reminded me too much of work- but I'm addicted to audiobooks ( no lie) and it was the only one I had. I'm very glad I did. Very insightful. He integrates brain science, personal experience, and adds some Buddhism and other religious philosophy. (note for listeners rather than readers: Do some of those those Jesus sayings seem unfamiliar? Thats because they are from the non canonical Gospel of Thomas, a compelling gospel discovered with other banned texts in the late 1940s sealed in a jar in the desert. There is a lot of overlap between the sayings in Thomas and other gospels that rely on Q But I digress. the author must be serious about religions to read texts like that. But I digress terribly...) I agree with his political views, but I did find that part, while informative and important, a bit of a slog. At first I thought his description of his classical music CD addiction was a bit of a stretch. But when he describes how much he spends, how he left a patient in the middle of labor so the baby was born without his help, so he could look for CDs, how he resolves to stop but cannot, it becomes clear that it is an addiction. Addiction a fascinating subject and this is the best treatment of it out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tanya | 1/26/2014

    " Mate's In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts gave me a new perspective on addiction. I like to think that I'm compassionate in my attitudes toward addicts, but I definitely tend to blame them for their choices. This book explains the huge impact infant and childhood experiences have on brain development and later ability to control behavior. I can't help but think Mate goes too far, and removes too much accountability from the addict, but I hope I will be slower to judge after experiencing this monograph. I definitely have a different opinion now about the best way for society to fight the War on Drugs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leah | 1/8/2014

    " Twice while reading this book, I was asked why I would be interested in a book about addiction. Because my brother told me I should, is the first reason, but not a very compelling answer. But more than that, reading a book about a condition that affects us all, in one way or another, is an act of humanitarian compassion. In order to operate in our fragmented society, we must build connections to people who function with various degrees of addiction and impairment. Understanding the common roots of addiction (across substances, habits and behaviors) makes it possible to see the layers of brokenness and dysfunction created by our misguided societies, and to walk forth with compassion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andree | 12/31/2013

    " For anyone touched by addiction, this is a must read. A great look at the science of behavioral conditions like addiction, ADHD, OCD, depression and the relationship early trauma has to brain development and brain chemistry all told in an accessible and inspirational way. "

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