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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts - Close Encounters With Addiction

Gabor Maté

Profoundly original, bestselling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours. 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 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 struggl

Profoundly original, bestselling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours. 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 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 struggl
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Profoundly original, bestselling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours. 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 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 struggl

Language:

English

Narrators:

Daniel Maté

Length:

15h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

46:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

36:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

00:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

32:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

21:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

46:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

38:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

29:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

27:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

39:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

34:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

25:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

30:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

23:41


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

32:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

22:28


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

24:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

18:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:34