Gabor Maté: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts Close Encounters with Addiction



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If you live or work in a city every day you see eople like those described in the first 100 A Memoir Concerning the Fascinating Faculty Which Has Been Ascribed to the Rattle-Snake and Other American Serpents pages or so of this book Dr Gabor gives you their back stories They are the author s drug addictedatients After you see how much I Have Lived in the Monster people are willing to lose to get the next hit you learn of the brain chemistry socialolicy how addicts can be treated and Dr Gabor s own socially accepted addictions Gabor cites research that validates common sense for anyone who is observing Addiction and I Wonach sich alle sehnen presume a lot else can start in the womb when 17% of the brain is formed If the mother is stressed living inoverty violence with abuse the stress of her life will be transmitted The result for the fetus is that the syste I m not much of a fangirl until it comes to doctors or scientists that step out of the box of the limited view of their academic training and start learning and teaching from their experiences Open mindedness is S E X YSo I fangirl all over the Witchs Curse (The Bone Coven Chronicles place when it comes to Gabor Mat Not only is he from my home country Canada he has spoken on trauma as being at the root of addiction mental illness and a number of other behavioural disorders trauma as defined as a disconnection from oneself which in my experience with such is bang on TRUTH He affirms my experiences he opens me up to differenterspectives and I love him for itI cannot wait to dive into this book This is a wonderfully written and comprehensive description of addiction written from a liberal and compassionate The Future of Erotic Fantasy Art perspective by someone who has experiencedroblems with addiction himselfPart of Vancouver is dedicated to housing and helping Bing people with serious addictionroblems This is Downtown Eastside where about five hotels are now used to Operation rhino provide accommodation for theseeople Dr Gabor Mat is their doctor and has a surgery in one of the hotels He is also a highly respected Killing Cancer practitioner in the field of addictionsThe book starts out by giving descriptions of some of Mat satients so we get an idea of them as eople and we get an inkling of the issues that cloud their lives It goes on to explore a wealth of other areas relating to addiction view spoiler The relationship between caregivers and their clientsThis is less about curing eople and about just being with them and respecting and supporting them I soon discovered that in fact I had very little to give I could not rescue Healing the Divide people from theirain and sadness All I could offer was to walk beside them as a fellow human being a kindred spirit Liz Evans nurse at The Portland HotelWhy Everything I Learned in Medical School people become addictsThis is usually due to childhood trauma or even trauma experienced byregnant mothers and Beautify your Breath - Beautify your Life passed on to their children in the womb Human children as opposed to other mammals arearticularly vulnerable as they do so much of their brain development outside the womb in the early years of their lives A child needs to be in an attachment relationship with at least one reliably available rotective sychophysically resent and reasonably non stressed adult in order to develop healthilyA hierarchy of addictionThere is a continuum of addiction from those who inject heroin to high functioning addicts who shop too much or who are workaholics Mat says I have come to see addiction not a a discrete solid entity a case of Either you ve got it or you haven t but as a subtle and extensive continuum It s central defining ualities are active in all addicts from the honoured workaholic at the apex of society to the impoverished and criminalized crack fiend who haunts Skid Row Somewhere along that continuum I locate myselfThe worse the addiction and dysfunctional the lifestyle the higher the levels of distress that caused itThe you take drugs the less leasurable life becomes without themJust as we turn down the volume on a radio that is too loud the brain of someone who misuses drugs adjusts by Katys First Haircut producing fewer neurotransmitters in the reward circuit or by reducing the number of receptors that can receive signals As a result theerson s ability to experience Die Wise pleasure from naturally rewarding ie reinforcing activities is also reduced Not everyone becomes an addict if exposed to drugs like heroin barbiturates or amphetamines 20% of soldiers in Vietnam took these drugs When they came home 19% were able to stop using them It is only those who had otherroblems who became addictedRelapse rates amongst recovery addicts are high Chronic drug use remodels the brain s chemical structure its anatomy and its hysiological functioning It even alters the way the genes act in the nuclei of brain cells Vulnerability to cravings can continue for yearsDrugs and genetic theoryMat thinks that the genetics theory for alcoholism has been disprovedMost chronic substance abusers are likely to have cross addictionsAbout 70% of alcoholics are also heavy smokers compared to only 10% of the general opulation About half of compulsive gamblers are also alcoholics and most are addicted to nicotineAny Hungarian Heroes and Legends passion can become an addiction How can you tell when it goes from one to the other It isossible to stop with a Land of Fright - Collection II (Land of Fright Collections Book 2) passion but not an addictionEffects of drug withdrawal or stopping a compulsive behaviour A generally glum mood restlessness aimlessness No doubt this has chemical components with diminished dopamine and endorphin levels The journey from self indulgence to depression is rapid and inexorablePersonality Traits of addictionrone The Elders Speak personalitiesA lack of self regulation instead they rely on external support to uell their discomfort and soothe their anxiety These things take the form of chemicals compulsive behavioursAn excessive need for attention approval or loveThey may seek outside activities to trigger elation or a sense of riskThey are dependent on outside things to change their moodThey have aoor hold over sudden feelings urges or desires These come from the lower brain centres and are meant to be inhibited by the cerebral cortexAn absence of differentiation They find it all too easy to The Pharisees Guide to Total Holiness pick up moods from othereopleAddiction and romantic relationshipsThese have a great effect on Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, people s moods if going well or badly and are often reflected in level of drug use People are often unable to engage in arocess of recovery because their artner is unwilling to join them Their relationship is seen as being important than their healthWhat causes an addiction to one thing and not to another Often it is the first thing a erson encounters that is able to soothe difficult feelings or that suggests affection in a barren world eg as the baby of a depressed mother you will be held while being fed and food may therefore come to mean to you than just Perception and the External World physical sustenanceHigher rates of alcoholism among nativeeoples from various countries This is due to loss of Popular Representations of Development psychological social and economic integration into family and culture A sense of exclusion isolation andowerlessnessThe cost of buying drugs A cocaine habit can cost 200 300 or a day Heroin is much cheaper at about 30 a day Funding often comes from stealing or Sister for Sale prostitution With stealing you only get about 10% of the goods value when you sell them onWhy someeople manage to recover from hardcore addictionsSelf knowledgeStrengthSupportive environmentGood fortune LuckCapacity to endure The Blue Door (Threshold pain and sufferingFortuitous circumstancesA new relationshipA flash of insightA sudden opening to faithAnd we shouldn t judge those who can t recover Someeople manage to recover from hardcore addictio. Addiction is epidemic in our society as is evidenced by the variety of forms it takes from the workaholics and shopaholics to the destructive avenues like sex alcohol and drug addictions Given the cost of addiction on our families and society at large it is imperative that we gain a better understanding of this Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity perplexinghenomenon Dr Gabor Maté's In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts is a valuable contribution toward this end Arg.

Ns Just because one The Art of Standing Still person succeeds we cannot judge anothererson for failing It is even nonsensical to judge addicts by criteria derived from the experience of A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, people with relatively normal lives It is unjust to hold a traumatized and neurologically impaired adult to the same standard as one not so afflicted says brain researcher Martin TeicherHow much actual freedom to choose does any one humanossess There is only one answer we cannot know There is no way of gauging the burden of emotional suffering weighing down one Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience person ssyche against another s that is why it is facile to demand that anyone should be able to just say no and to judge them as morally lacking if they can tThis aberrant behaviour has traditionally been viewed as bad choices that are made voluntarily by the addict However recent studies have shown that repeated drug use leads to long lasting changes in the brain that undermine voluntary control Dr Nora Volkow Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the USJudging the addictWe cannot help The War to End All Wars people when weut ourselves in a Death Comes for the Archbishop position of judgement Addicts all but the few completely sociopathic ones are deeply self critical and harsh with themselves They are keenly sensitive to judgemental tones in others and respond with withdrawal or defensive denial Arayer on wall of one of the clients called KimOh Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the Winds and where breath gives life to all the world around me hear our cry for we are small and weak Help me make Mostly Mama peace with my greatest enemy myselfThe decriminalization of drugsMat is in favour of this not least because of all the stealingprostitution that has to be done to raise the money to buy drugs Also the jails get filled witheople with addictions He stresses that decriminalization is not the same as legalization With decriminalization The Naked Man people are allowed to carry small amounts of drugs forersonal use but the manufacturing and selling of drugs is illegalHe believes that drugs should be given to confirmed users under safely controlled conditions via doctors Damias Children prescribing drugs toeople addicted to them If they didn t have to spend exorbitant amounts on drugs that in themselves are inexpensive to Cutremur de timp prepare addicts would not be forced into crime violencerostitution or overty to ay for their habits Ideally there would also be Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie publicly funded rehab facilities with after care to help those who may be able to stop their habitsSomeeople can function well if supplied with drugs at a level to meet their base needsDr William Steward Halsted who did incredible work at John Hopkins University in the early 20th century was also a morphine addict for over 40 years Most hardcore addicts couldn t function at this level even if their substance needs were met They have too many Patagonia Express problems Even so they would be much less of a burden on society if their basic needs were metDecriminilization and crystal methmethamphetamine Here Mat shows reservations He says there is no safe way to use it The only solution is to try and helpeople wean off itMindfulness as a ath to recoveryIn this section Mat talks uite a lot about his own addiction to buying classical music cds and how mindfulness can help those whose roblems are amenable to recovery He talks about the brain being lastic therefore open to change about eople who have had strokes or depression Tourettes or OCD who have managed to improve their functioning Arduous effort is reuired on the Seven Days in Utopia part of any addict not least because their compulsionsromise Lots of Love pleasure and reward But with someeople and circumstances change is Reclaiming Love possibleMindfulness and Bare Attention By consciously observing the workings of our mind we are gradually able to let go of its habitualrogrammed interpretations and automatic reactionsIn a mindful state one can choose to be aware of the ebb and flow of emotions and thought Vegangelical patterns instead of brooding on their thought content eg someone may notice that feelings of resentment and a desire for vengeance keep flooding their mind Rather than just having the feelings they will observe them Bare Attention is the clear and single minded awareness of what actually happens to us and in us at the successive moment oferception It is called Bare because it attends just to the bare facts of a Defender of Faith, Revised Edition perception asresented either through the five hysical senses or through the mind without reacting to themAlthough Bare Attention was developed as a meditative ractice its use is not limited to formal meditation It is the conscious attending to what occurs in the mind as it takes in Being the Best Me physical or emotional stimuli from within and outside the bodyMeditation for the over active mindMat has always wanted to meditate but has found it impossibly difficult My addictionrone ADD brain always wants to look to the outside to get away from itself As a result I tend to oscillate between excessive multitasking busyness and a Witch Creek (Wildlands proclivity for vegging out in ways that leave me non rested and dissatisfied Meditation with its demand for stillness and self observation has not been an activity that I have joyfully embracedHe says that at a meditation retreat Mat had a breakthrough He realised that one doesn t have to be good at meditation achieve anything or look for anyarticular result As with any skill only Sleight (AVRA-K practise leads to improvement and improvement is not even theoint The only Slave Labor Graphics Titles point is theractise When I do Top Tips for IELTS Academic practise meditation I find ease in my life I m calmer emotionallyresent compassionate to others and I am far less reactive to external triggersRecovery and honestyHe talks about exposing one s addictions to the light of day much easier when you are treating yourself with compassionate curiosity Even before I stopped buying compact discs for months I would tell Rae his wife about it I had nothing to hide my compassionate curiosity discovered Exposed to the light of day the addictive compulsion does not develop The Creative Writing Handbook power and heft I had much less of an urge to binge and the occasional visit to the music store did not evoke a helpless desire to go back the same day or the or the next My advice to anyone with addictive behaviours is to begin telling the truthAddictions and stressIf you live a life full of stress you are unlikely to be able to break your addiction Addictions in the short term act as stress relieversPeople often take on chronic stresses because of ingrained beliefs of how we ought to behaveFor friends and family of the addictMotivation has to come from the addict No one outside can do that Love and kindness though work much better than tough love interventions It s fine to set your boundaries with an addict but not in order to control or blame them Instead you need to communicate what you can and cannot acceptIf you have to choose between staying with an addict and feeling resentment or leaving and feeling guilt opt for the guilt hide spoiler Dr Mate s book is one of the most important of our age Throughout he documents thelague of our time addictions ranging from drug abuse to work a holism He cites study after study experience he is a serial addict himself as a drug counselor and researcher It is stress he argues Water Death (Outbound, prenatal and as infants which causes the childhood brain to wire itself in self destructive ways These efforts are essential to survival as children but devastating in adolescents and adults As a fetus his stress was caused by the Nazi extermination of Jews and later by being. Uing against therevailing notions of addiction as either a genetic disease or an individual moral failure Dr Maté combines first Between the Savior and the Sea person accounts riveting case studies cutting edge research andassionate argument to show that addiction all addiction is the result of human development gone askew This audio book combines the Canadian and US editions Read by Daniel Maté an actormusicianlyricist living in New York it garnere.

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Passed from one frantic safe house to another Warfare severs infant bonding and such children never recover to gain a sense of trust in their environment But it doesn t take warfare to cause this disconnec To a hammer everything looks like a nail And Mat is one dedicated hammerThe first New Rational Therapy part of the bookatients Written in the Stars (Cricket Creek, personal histories is the best and only goodart The rest is ainfully repetitive and unnecessary stretched out development of the author s Grand Theory of Human Addiction The whole thing is almost reposterousFor example Modern Engineering Statistics p233 If children today are at greater risk for obesity than those ofrevious generations it s not simply because they re less Hearts physically active as a result of being absorbed in TV or computers It srimarily because under ordinary The Silver Nightingale peacetime conditions there has never before been a generation so stressed and so starved of nurturing adult relationships Seriously this is what we are going with here It s such an incomplete and incompetent argument and it s hardly the first or the last one It was the final nail in the coffin of myatience with this bookI get it Mat is endlessly compassionate and wants the reader to come on that trip with him Unfortunately if you separate the compassion from the model he s advocating for you realize that compassion and lazy thinking are the only glue keeping his ragtag theory in one Threshold piece Also it is hard not to get fed up with Mat s many dramatic accounts of his own so called addiction compulsiveurchases of classic music CDs Really he s completely serous about that He even goes to AA meetings and tells his addiction story to have other attendees as well as his Delicious Danger (Phoenix Agency, patients confirm to him that what he experiences is totally the same addiction mechanism atlay as theirs Jesus H Christ on a bicycle At one التفاحة والذرة - اثنتا عشرة حكاية من الفيزياء المعاصرة point you might catch yourself wondering if everyhing is okay with Mr Mat Ten years later is he still spending hundreds of dollars on CDs or has online streamingrovided some relief and savings You might even wonder how he would cope if his addiction is taken away from him We might never knowIt is obvious there might be something to some arts of his theory but this hot mess I didn t say dumpster fire of a book is not it I read this for a master of social work drug and alcohol class The rofessor said we would likely become enthralled and breeze through it s 400 Not for Nothing plusages in a weekend as she did That was not my experience I took a really long time reading this book highlighting as I went It was an excellent introduction to the field of addiction blending tender humanity with hard science I found Dr Mate s critiues on the horribly flawed legal system to be spot on his Eagles Claw personal vingetes and descriptions of the addicts he knows and treats to be intimate and engaging and most especially I loved the end of the book where Dr Mate breaks down the force behind the addiction and whatersonal healing entails Once addiction is opened up in this way it becomes apparent that all of us function on this continuum which makes empathy a little easier to come by and understanding a little closer to home Why Do We Do It Addiction is a Superman/Doomsday purposeful activity not a disease or even a condition to be cured Theurpose of addiction is to compensate for trauma often experienced in childhood that has Summers Family Affair produced an emotional deficit and realhysical and sychic ain Addiction succeeds in compensating for this deficit and in reducing the Women on the Hill pain involved Addiction also has undesirablehysical side effects which are amplified by social stigmas and legal Waiting for Aphrodite prohibitions This I think is a fair summary of Mat s medicalhilosophy I agree with it But it is Pirateship Down (Sentinels of New Orleans precisely that ahilosophy that is a way of looking at the world which verifies itself There is no way to The Sand-Reckoner prove that Mat shilosophy is correct One either accepts it or does not based on what one considers as rational Historically there have been two forms of rationality that have dominated human thought and the social Aztlan policies resulting from it causality and teleology We habitually use the rationality of cause and effect when talking about inanimate objects and human beings whom we don t hold responsible for their actions children victims This is a fascinating look at the chemistry of addiction and a call to arogressive ublic olicy Dr Gabor Mate s style of writing is captivating and he is masterful at explaining specialized knowledge in laymen s language My own mother a recent graduate of medical school when I summarized some of his arguments commented on how Dr Mate made connections for her that she could not uite make herself during her medical tra Written in clear lucid Paris Encore (Zion Covenant, prose any reasonably intelligent adult could understand without a lot of confusing jargon Dr Mate explains the forces behind addiction and why so many addicts fail time and time again to get clean in spite of all the incentives for doing so This book gave me a lot to think about regarding the brain and I also found his cautionaryoints about adoption studies and twin studies very interesting and relevant Mate conclusively demonstrates that addicts are not bad that they have very little control of the actions surrounding their addiction and that kind and loving Boyfriends from Hell parents canroduce an addict just as easily as indifferent or abusive Battered Not Broken parents On the lastoint Mate uses his own experiences as a child Holocaust survivor as an example his What Ive Become (The Humanity Within Book 1) parents loved him very much and cared for him as best they could but the stress and deprivation of his infancy left an ineradicable mark on this brain development Finally Mate sets forth a sensible harm reduction socialolicy that could The Contemporaries potentially make life easier for everyone not just addicts and their families by reducing theroblems drug abuse causes in the communityEveryone in Congress should read this book as well as everyone who has to interact with addicts on a regular basis Dr Mate is a wise forward thinking man Dr Mate is a UML Weekend Crash Course [With CDROM] physician for The Portland Hotel Society in Vancouver s Downtown Eastside thatrovides housing and care to addicts who are in the last stages of addiction He gives us a Steampunk Erotica powerful and fascinating look into the science of addiction and the addictionrocess Dr Mate also shares with us heart wrenching Poker Slave personal interviews of addicts he has worked with These stories left me with feeling empathy and some understanding of individuals with addicted brains There are no recoveries here Even though these are important stories I did skip over some and when I am ready I might go back and read them I was glad to see Dr Mate address addiction and mental illness Which I feel is important to understand addiction The information in this book doesn t just apply to drug addiction but all addictions Dr Mate also tells us of his own addiction which is not a drug addiction There is so much good information in here that I can t even begin to say in a review I borrowed the Ebook from Overdrive but I am also going tourchase the book as I found it a very valuable source of information that I will be referencing back to I will admit the spiritual and 12 step To the Golden Shore program wasn t something I was interested in I would of liked information on evidence based therapy like CBT and Motivational enhancement training for treating addiction I would recommend this book to anyone with a loved one who you think might or has an addiction or to anyone looking to understand addiction or just want to challenge their views on addiction. D an Earphone Award from AudioFile Magazine The reviewer wrote Along with his authentic sounding dialogue Daniel Mate’serformance is notable for its emotional resonance with the author’s atients 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 addiction.

Dr Gabor Maté CM is a Hungarian born Canadian physician who specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and is also widely recognized for his uniue perspective on Attention Deficit Disorder and his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body healthBorn in Budapest Hungary in 1944 he is a survivor of the Nazi genocide His maternal grandparents were killed in Auschwitz