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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Close Encounters with Addiction
Narrated by: Daniel Maté
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté, read by Daniel Maté.

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

Dr Gabor Maté 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 Maté 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-listen that will change how you see yourself, others and the world. 

Tenth anniversary edition, updated with new chapter on the opioid crisis.

©2018 Gabor Maté (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Very helpful

What a wonderfully broad, well researched, evidence based, humble and honest perspective to this complex and more-common-than-we-realize issue. Highly recommended.

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Mind opening and thought provoking

Amazing description of people's lives, research, philosophers and experience from many different perspectives. I found this very useful for self-learning greater understanding of others.

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informative and well researched. enjoyed.

loved it. feel well educated. enjoyed the case studies. good to get complete picture. excellent.

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Best book on addiction and human behaviour

A must read for anyone who has been touched by addiction and, really, everyone is using something to escape discomfort whether it’s TV, social media or alcohol and crack. Gabor mixes real life accounts with scientific findings and debunks common myths. He explains why the war on drugs is a useless effort and discusses what really is needed to tackle this problem. This exploration of human behaviour is tremendously enlightening and the 4+1 steps to become sober provides real hope.

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Fantastic insights into the world of addiction and drug control policies

I came across drug addition problem in Vancouver when accidentally walked through East Hastings street as a tourist.

Years later came across this book and listened to it twice now. Great insights on addiction, real life stories, insights into government drug policies and their effectiveness coming from some who spent time in the trenches seeing the problems first hand. Some views expressed could be considered controversial by some. Regardless, will promote a great discussion.

I have just a Toastmasters speech based on findings of this book.

Well worth a listen!

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highly recommended!

Whay a fantastic book. loads to learn. very well read by his son. definitely worth reading!

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  • Rosa F. Brissos
  • 11-10-2019

Brilliant book

I find it a brilliant book. It goes beyond the addictions per se and it takes us to the understanding of what is behind them. And let’s get real: we all have ours. And most often we don’t want to call them addictions because we can’t stand the fact that ‘we have an challenge’ to overcome!
I love how Dr. Gabor Mate explains everything and takes us with him through his own journey!
I absolutely loved the book!

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  • Pelle stones
  • 17-02-2019

Incredibly insightful.

This book is based around addiction but good into the motivation behind almost all human behaviours and so, so much more

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  • Paul
  • 21-02-2019

Really great listen

Such wisdom as to leave you changed as a person. Mate is a gift. Thankyou

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  • Wayne Russ
  • 17-07-2019

wow!

loved it, narration was fantastic. subject hit home , gave insight and delivered revelations . could be life changing . I'll let you know

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  • Mrs. I Fox
  • 08-07-2019

Hung on every word

I've absolutely loved this book. the first four hours were just stories about people he'd worked with, if you wanted to drop a few of those you wouldn't miss tons of content. similarly, the chapter about the war on drugs (that I recommend, it was fascinating), you could skip it without missing vital content. For me, the end of the book, with the focus being on healing, was transformative and I literally hung on every word.

I think the use of the word addiction is misleading, this book is for everyone, not just those who've found themselves addicted to something (behaviours or practices). I think about so many people who could use the information I've gained here, people who struggle to connect with themselves, to take good care of themselves or to communicate with their loved ones.

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  • Duncan E.
  • 16-04-2019

Enlightening listen

Having had addiction problems all my life, and having felt with them in various ways and to varying degree of success, this book has opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities and also to the fact that it’s not actually all my fault, for that I will be eternally grateful to Dr Maté.

This is a must read for anyone with addiction issues or anyone struggling with living with or in relations with an addicted person....

Many thanks..... x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-01-2020

The book every person has to read.

The book is fundamental for understanding what the human is. I strongly recommend that book for everyone who wants to have a meaningful life.

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  • Vulkiria14
  • 11-11-2019

Must have❣

The bok completely change my view and opinion regards drugs, addicts, homeless and trauma. You have all the package! From physiology to DNA, from the spirit to the heart, to guidance on how to help and properly communicate with people.
Thank you Gabor & Daniel Mate💛🧡❤

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  • Bruno Marfo
  • 21-10-2019

addiction and addiction process

very good with first hand experience on addiction and addicted behavior, insight on various causes of addiction, as well as the effect s early childhood trauma on addiction

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  • Charlotte Turner
  • 12-10-2019

Refreshing common sense outlook

It was a pleasure to hear this book. A lot of wisdom and should be mandatory reading for all of us working as health care professionals.

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  • Mr Sammy Lee
  • 09-10-2019

prolific empathetic insight from one of the best

a brilliant mind speaks so much truth on matters close to my heart, as a recovering alcoholic-addict I find Gabor to be one of the few who truly understand and furthermore- actually offer solutions for those in the grasp of addiction. highly recommended to anyone looking for answers or just understanding in addition.