In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction




Profoundly original bestselling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, why we are so prone to them and how we can liberate ourselves from their hold on our lives. Gabor Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s East Side with patients who struggled with 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 shopping: what is amiss in our lives that we seek such self-destructive ways to comfort ourselves? And why is it so difficult to stop these habits? Dr. Maté considers his patients’ stories and his own history of compulsive behaviour, along with the latest research on addiction and the brain, to create a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings, shedding 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. Winner of an AudioFile Earphone award, the review had this to say: “along with his authentic-sounding dialogue Daniel Mate’s performance is notable for its emotional resonance with the author’s patients and their journeys. His audible compassion makes us hear these stories and consider this information with an open heart. His engagement with the author’s writing makes this a moving invitation to the complex world of addictions. Author of four best selling books, check out Post Hypnotic Press,, for recordings of “When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress” and, with Gordon Neufeld, “Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers.” Purchase all three direct from Post Hypnotic and receive a discount of 25%.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #439233 in Books
  • Published on: 2011
  • Format: MP3 Audio
  • Running time: 945 minutes
  • Binding: Audio CD