An accurate, thorough and insightful journey through societies misunderstanding and fear of addiction. From the addicts themselves, to opinion leaders and legislators, the book shows how poorly addiction is understood and how much better we could manage the issue as a society.
The final parts of the book, where Matè is discussing the failed attempts to wage war on drugs, and the damage this has caused to the most vulnerable people in our society.
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I read this book to become more compassionate towards drug addicted individuals. If you have a family member, like I do, that is addicted and you see how they use individuals, it can be hard to remember that at the heart of all addiction is pain. I think Dr Mate does a good job of communicating that. And like him, I do believe that we all have our own issues/addictions of sort that cause problems for others. What I don't like about the book is the simplification of the science whereby he is able to assign cause and effect for addiction, for example, he was separated from his loving family in early life, therefore he is addicted to music. I think the book just adds more blame to a mother for having any stress in her life, as the child can say, this is why I am like I am. There are many complex interactions between brain chemicals and situations that I think assigning an exact cause and effect is often impossible. Anyway, dads get off pretty easy here.
Just the story of addicts and what addiction is really about, really makes you think about what to do about addiciton
Very well read and for anyone to understand
Loved that his brother narrated it. He was clear concise and excellent choice
Addiction: The True Story
Just an amazing book on addiction. I work with addicts daily in prison and this gave me a new perspective about addicts and it being a disease of the brain. Everyone who really wants to know about addiction needs to read this
I liked the way that the author talked about all the different patients and their stories...Each one unique
Their was not one in particular moment but each patient had an addiction of some sort and each story was very interesting and i learned to love each and every one of them
His voice is very soft and clearly spoken..He is easy to listen to.
Can't really judge story because I stopped listening pretty early. I considered buying the book because the topic was interesting.
I don't think the narrator was a professional - son of the author? He wasn't horrible but kind of flat compared to the really good readers.
Disappointment but may still get the book because content seemed interesting.
It was dry and long-winded. No real plot development, just stories about various downtown eastside drug addicts and Dr. Gabor's experiences with them. It was informative and I enjoy the premise but it was just too dry for me.
Fewer stories and follow them for a longer period of time. There weren't many happy endings or redemption, just short unhappy lives of relapsing addicts over and over.
The narrator was fine.
I love that it's true! The fact that there are people in this world that could sit in cushy offices making lots of money give that up to work with vulnerable populations is inspiring.
I have wanted to read this book for years now. I attempted to read this 2 years ago and could not get past 100 pages. The content, while incredibly honest, was too raw for me.
I recently attempted to listen to it on audio, but again, am finding it too much. Depressing, dry and again, raw. I work in addictions so I think that this book is just too much of the same stuff I deal with in my everyday life. Not for me, but maybe for someone who is unfamiliar with addiction, specializes in addiction, or studying addiction.
...looking for something better than what I am reading. I keep waiting for the end of the little stories and anecdotes and for the book to get to the real stuff, to start demonstrating some enlightening realizations about addiction, why it starts, where, how, etc. But the book never launches, seems stuck in some endless loop of drunk stories. One of the worst purchases I've ever made on audible.