In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Close Encounters with Addiction

Recommended by Johann Hari, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #3 in Addiction, Ranked #5 in Codependencysee more rankings.

Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical "condition" distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and... more

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Johann Hari If you wanted to design a system that would make addiction worse, you’d design the system we have now. (Source)

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