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.
This is the first book on addiction including all of the 12 step literature where I have truly understood my addiction and could clearly see myself in his writing. this is a must read for anyone dealing personally or within their family with addiction.also check out many of his interviews online for further information on treatment and spiritual enlightenment for addiction.
I was hoping for more of an explanation of the Buddhist view to addiction compared to the traditional AA approach. But what I heard was very worthwhile and gave me lots of personal and professional insight in to addiction.
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.
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
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.
"Too anecdotal. Each chapter is an already established finding followed by poorly scripted stories admittedly made-up."
The author admits to virtually making up all the cases used to support already commonly understood features of addiction. If you like bad dialogue ad nauseam, you're in for a treat. Ugh.