As someone new to the medical field, I found myself working every day in hospital wards filled disproportionately with people in the grips of addiction, which is comorbid with, and predisposes to, conditions as diverse as depression, ADD, HIV, cancer, and disastrous bacterial infections. I saw how strong the tendency is for health care workers to get angry at these patients, judge them, dismiss them, give up on them. This book helped me open my heart more to these difficult patients by explaining the epidemiology and brain science behind addiction. I think understanding the sources and experience of addiction better can help anyone work with their own addictions or those of another with greater clarity and compassion. Strongly recommended for physicians, nurses, medical students, and other practitioners and trainees in any medical field.
Reading is my favorite thing to do, I love books, especially in audio.
i love the compassion Dr Mate shows for those considered the scum of the earth, it made me realize that society is quick to judge but slow to help. im going to do better from now on , this doc is such a great man , He started a new movement and will be honor one day for sharing his work with the world.
Daniel was a fantastic reader... loved his voice and engagement
Despite getting bogged down in the first 10 chapters; which were good, but did go on quite a long time, I found the book both picked up and became more relevant at about Chapter 10 when Gabor Mate includes himself. His inclusion of himself brings in a courageous vulnerability to the already vulnerable lives he shares . At this marker, he begins weaving together the initial stories, his own story, successes, failures, policies and ways to consider addiction. In the end, I feel like his breadth, depth and scope of addressing addiction and considering humanizing policies and treatment makes this book a must read. I would like to think in the future we could create more liberal, comprehensive, less stigmatizing and healing treatment options for addiction in the US.
I cannot say anything negative about this book! Excellent, heartbreaking at times, informative, love the statistics that are uses, articulate!
I find in my volunteer EMT roll I interact with addicted population quite frequently. I have been bothered by the way I look at this population and my often frustration with the population. This book has help soften me heart and open my mind to treat this as an disease that it is.
Loved it. Workaholism is just like being a drug addict. A must read! it humanizes addictions and the addicted in a compassionate way.
This book changed my perspective immensely! Gabor mate gave me the courage to face my addictive tendency and empathy for my human brothers who suffer from the hungry ghost.