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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté
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Jul 31, 12

bookshelves: nonfiction, psychology, social, science
Read from July 18 to 31, 2012

A powerful and well-written book on the subject of addiction. Organized into clear sections including personal stories (running the gamut from drug addictions to more socially accepted addictions), the biology and psychology underlying trauma and addiction, and proposals on how to respond to addiction and ameliorate/heal the person. Extensively referenced, the science, sociology and policy discussed is spot-on, although I personally feel the author short changed spiritual aspects in a vast generalization in the final chapter. You can learn a lot from this book, starting with the realization that we all exist on the continuum of addiction and can benefit from understanding it better.
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