A powerful and compassionate examination of addiction and its underlying causes.
Gabor Maté has worked as a staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a housing and harm reduction facility on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, for more than seven years. His patients frequently struggle with Hepatitis C, HIV, mental illness, life-threatening drug addictions, or all four. But even though the patients of Dr. Maté are at the extreme end of the spectrum, there are many of us who are also dealing with addictions.
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What is wrong with our life that we turn to such self-destructive comforts as drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, job, food, sex, gambling, and excessive improper spending? And why, despite the fact that these behaviors endanger our health, strain our relationships, and degrade our lives, is it so hard to break them?
“Bestselling author and doctor Gabor Maté examines the prevalence of addictions in our culture, and outlines the steps we must take to free ourselves from their control.”
The Book Guide® Editor
Mate’s focus on the significance of treating the underlying emotional and psychological difficulties that frequently underlie addiction is among the book’s most impactful elements. Both people who are battling addiction and those who care for them can benefit from the guidance he offers.
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