In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: close encounters with addiction


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if any substance or habit is causing you a worry, or if you have any personal or professional interest in the treatment of addictions.

A quick summary

Gabor Maté is a real favourite of ours – a doctor whose compassion and curiosity has led him to great insights into how people become unwell – especially the relationship between untreated trauma and ill-health. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts is essential reading for anyone concerned about addiction – whether for yourself, a loved one, or in a professional role.


Publisher’s description :

To heal addiction, you have to go back to the start…

Dr Gabor Mate is one of the world’s most revered thinkers on the psychology of addiction. His radical findings – based on decades of work with patients challenged by catastrophic drug addiction and mental illness – are reframing how we view all human development.

In this award-winning modern classic, Gabor Mate takes a holistic and compassionate approach to addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs, sex, money or anything self-destructive. He presents it not as a discrete phenomenon confined to a weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs through (and even underpins) our society; not as a medical ‘condition’, but rather the result of a complex interplay of personal history, emotional development and brain chemistry. Distilling cutting-edge research from around the world, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness.

Blending personal stories and science with positive solutions, and written in spellbinding prose, it is a must-read that will change how you see yourself, others and the world. 10th anniversary edition, updated with new chapter on the Opiod crisis

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 338 g
Dimensions 197 × 127 × 31 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781785042201

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