• In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

  • Close Encounters with Addiction
  • By: Dr Gabor Maté
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté, read by Daniel Maté.

To heal addiction, you have to go back to the start....

Dr Gabor Maté is one of the world’s most revered thinkers on the psychology of addiction. His radical findings - based on decades of work with patients challenged by catastrophic drug addiction and mental illness - are reframing how we view all human development. 

In this award-winning modern classic, Gabor Maté takes a holistic and compassionate approach to addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs, sex, money or anything self-destructive. He presents it not as a discrete phenomenon confined to a weak-willed few but as a continuum that runs through (and even underpins) our society - not as a medical ‘condition’ but rather the result of a complex interplay of personal history, emotional development and brain chemistry. 

Distilling cutting-edge research from around the world, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness. Blending personal stories and science with positive solutions, and written in spellbinding prose, it is a must-listen that will change how you see yourself, others and the world. 

Tenth anniversary edition, updated with new chapter on the opioid crisis.

©2018 Gabor Maté (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Brilliant book

I find it a brilliant book. It goes beyond the addictions per se and it takes us to the understanding of what is behind them. And let’s get real: we all have ours. And most often we don’t want to call them addictions because we can’t stand the fact that ‘we have an challenge’ to overcome!
I love how Dr. Gabor Mate explains everything and takes us with him through his own journey!
I absolutely loved the book!

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Yes. Amazing and insightful. One would hope many working in the area of addictions and mental well-being read this book and/or any of his books. This includes those looking for their own understanding in trauma/addictions. Valued resource

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Disappointed

Read it Only if you are interested in the stories of the drug addicts. But if you are looking for a solution to your addiction, you will be disappointed.

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are 10 stars available?

what a MAN!
I would DIE to have sn sppointmen OR MORE eith yhis SO WELL informed and knowledgeable!

every body WILL learn SOMETHING FRIM DR GABOR MATTE

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Life changing

This book has finally made me understand why I behave the way I do. It is with a great sense of relief that I can now stop beating myself up, loathing my weaknesses and instead show kindness and compassion towards myself. My gratitude to Dr Maté is immense and I don’t say this lightly, for his book has changed my future. Thank you Sir.

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A great introduction to psychological trauma and addiction for medics and health workers

This book is a must read for all who seek to widen their perspective on the neurological and environmental causes of addiction beyond "choices" or free will.

Must read for therapists, body-workers, health workers, caretakers, and social workers.

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Informative and highly valuable

The tone and pace of the delivery was perfect. I have shared widely, as I find this subject and Dr Maté's findings to have given me massive insights into my work, my parenting and the psyche of society. The puritanical approach to addicts by governments indicates a gross abdication of responsibility.

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Life changing

Beautifully written and with such deep compassion. I have found this book to be one that I’ll listen to over & over again for advice.

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  • Mrs. I Fox
  • 07-08-19

Hung on every word

I've absolutely loved this book. the first four hours were just stories about people he'd worked with, if you wanted to drop a few of those you wouldn't miss tons of content. similarly, the chapter about the war on drugs (that I recommend, it was fascinating), you could skip it without missing vital content. For me, the end of the book, with the focus being on healing, was transformative and I literally hung on every word.

I think the use of the word addiction is misleading, this book is for everyone, not just those who've found themselves addicted to something (behaviours or practices). I think about so many people who could use the information I've gained here, people who struggle to connect with themselves, to take good care of themselves or to communicate with their loved ones.

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  • J. Miller
  • 06-11-20

Compassionate & comprehensive explanation of addiction.

As a trainee psychotherapist I chose this book to get a good understanding of addiction before I start placements. Having just finished the book I feel humbled, and compassionate towards people with addiction. I have a better understanding of the problems, and a sense of the best way to work.

This book was also easy to listen to, the narrator did an excellent job & kept me engaged throughout. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Duncan E.
  • 04-16-19

Enlightening listen

Having had addiction problems all my life, and having felt with them in various ways and to varying degree of success, this book has opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities and also to the fact that it’s not actually all my fault, for that I will be eternally grateful to Dr Maté.

This is a must read for anyone with addiction issues or anyone struggling with living with or in relations with an addicted person....

Many thanks..... x

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  • Pelle stones
  • 02-17-19

Incredibly insightful.

This book is based around addiction but good into the motivation behind almost all human behaviours and so, so much more

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  • Raja Mohammad Zishanullah
  • 11-13-20

Simply Amazing

what an amazing listen, mind blowing, 5 out of 5 for content and awesome narration. Best narrator ever.

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  • Kat
  • 04-15-21

A must read

This book is a must read for everyone whether you’re addicted, have someone around you with addiction or have non of these at all. We need more education like this for all so that we can, as a society, better aid those who are addicted to healing. And of course better ways of prevention which is always preferable to cure and far lest costly to society.

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  • Wayne Russ
  • 07-17-19

wow!

loved it, narration was fantastic. subject hit home , gave insight and delivered revelations . could be life changing . I'll let you know

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  • Paul
  • 02-21-19

Really great listen

Such wisdom as to leave you changed as a person. Mate is a gift. Thankyou

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  • Bruno Marfo
  • 10-21-19

addiction and addiction process

very good with first hand experience on addiction and addicted behavior, insight on various causes of addiction, as well as the effect s early childhood trauma on addiction

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-22

brilliant Insightful

should be read in schools and every young and old adult. outstanding, brilliant awareness

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  • Zea Eagle
  • 07-04-19

Very helpful

What a wonderfully broad, well researched, evidence based, humble and honest perspective to this complex and more-common-than-we-realize issue. Highly recommended.

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  • A. Odina
  • 09-29-19

Best book on addiction and human behaviour

A must read for anyone who has been touched by addiction and, really, everyone is using something to escape discomfort whether it’s TV, social media or alcohol and crack. Gabor mixes real life accounts with scientific findings and debunks common myths. He explains why the war on drugs is a useless effort and discusses what really is needed to tackle this problem. This exploration of human behaviour is tremendously enlightening and the 4+1 steps to become sober provides real hope.

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  • Marilyn
  • 11-22-21

Powerful truth telling

We are invited to take a hard look at ourselves, and see beyond the ineptly named "war on drugs" with the wisdom that Gabor Mate has gained from his drug addict clients.
As a lived experience I had the harrowing journey of my son's illicit drug addictions and the arduous road of his personal recovery to the socially accepted and heavily taxed drugs of nicotine and alcohol. 25 years of self-enforced "recovery".
The emotional pain and emptiness of life in these times where we are outcast if we do not voluntarily chain our souls to the overarching consumerist idealogy is of greater concern than the "climate change" industry that is currently engulfing the world.
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts I recommend as required reading for all prospective parents, teachers and health professionals. Let's help all the world's babies be emotionally strong in homes without stress, fear, anxiety where love, compassion and connection are valued more highly than anything that can be bought.

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  • 10-10-20

Honest!

Great, very honest and insightful. No gimmicks, just true and personal stories about addiction. Finished listening in a few days!

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  • Caryn
  • 02-10-19

Mind opening and thought provoking

Amazing description of people's lives, research, philosophers and experience from many different perspectives. I found this very useful for self-learning greater understanding of others.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-01-19

informative and well researched. enjoyed.

loved it. feel well educated. enjoyed the case studies. good to get complete picture. excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-21

Excellent! Eye opening! Thought provoking!

Content was captivating, easy to listen to and undestand. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to learn more about themselves or others in their life.

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  • Matthew
  • 02-25-21

A fantastic understanding of addiction

A fantastic understanding of where addiction comes. This book helped me understand my needs, and start to see the needs of others around me a lot clearer than before. This helped approach people to what makes them feel loved, instead of if you do this I will love you. Judgement and criticism can take a huge emotional toll on people, especially loved ones.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-22

Fascinating a real eye opener

was a very interesting insight into addicts and addiction...my life has been touch by addicted people and I have always searched to understand. This book is a must read if you are searching for answers on why and how people get addicted

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  • Mia
  • 07-08-22

Only 1/3 but it’s too good so have to give 5 stars

The book content is dense and deep. Every story from each individual shook my heart and mind in a very soulful way. Mr. Daniel Maté’s voice and tone sound really spot on. Really vivid and put me in everybody’s shoes including Dr. Gabor Maté’s.

May all the souls with childhood abuse and traumatic experiences from the parents and grandparents be free from the intergenerational trauma. May the unimaginable pain and the toxic loop be recognised, released, processed and reset with growth, tears, sweats, smiles, screams, laughters and ongoing internal + external supports.

Thank you for sharing your journey, forever growing compassion, knowledge, experiences and everyone’s stories 🙏🏻 Dr. Maté