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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté
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Nov 21, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: addiction, social-justice, non-fiction

This is a sweeping survey of addiction. It's written by a doctor who works at the Portland Hotel Society, which houses intravenous drug users and provides many related services, from treatment obviously through what was North America's first safe injection site, where users can inject drugs overseen by nurses. It starts with very realistic and compassionately drawn sketches of his clients, proceeds to cover the physiology of addiction, its causes, harm reduction, and the war on drugs.

There are many eye opening facts from this book that shatter virtually every preconceived notion I've heard about addiction and is a searing indictment of the war on drugs.
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