In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Close Encounters With AddictionBook - 2008
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For over seven years Gabor Maté has been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV, and, in many cases, all four. He weaves the stories of real people... Read More »
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“We see that substance addictions are only one specific form of blind attachment to harmful ways of being, yet we condemn the addict's stubborn refusal to give up something deleterious to his life or to the life of others. Why do we despise, ostracize and punish the drug addict, when as a social collective, we share the same blindness and engage in the same rationalizations?”
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