Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Great Book - In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate, MD

                                           "Rock bottom became the solid foundation
                                                      on which I rebuilt my life."
                                                           - J. K. Rowling

           "I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of ´society.
                              Wild-eyed, shaven-headed and living in a filthy squat.
                                                   That was until I became one."
                                                           - Cathryn Kemp

We get addicted to something that takes away the pain.

Addiction is a persons way of trying to solve a problem.

They try to solve a problem with addiction.
Addiction is a distraction. A distraction from not wanting to be yourself for a while.

Addiction is a disconnection disorder.
First you disconnect from yourself and then disconnect from others.

It is an discomfort with ourselves. We try to escape our reality with some form of addiction, or addictive behavior.

If you are interested and want to learn more about addiction I have a great book that I want to recommend.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate, MD

This book explores scientific and psychological causes of addiction, as well as the impact on addicts treated at the Downtown Eastside Vancouver Clinic where Mate is a physician.

In this book, Gabor Mate locates the source of addiction in the trauma of an emotionally empty childhood, making it a relational rather than a medical problem.

This is a great book for anyone struggling with addiction personally or professionally.

Addicts are locked into addiction not only by their painful past and distressing present but equally by their bleak view of the future as well.
They cannot envision the real possibility of sobriety, of a life governed by values rather than by immediate survival need and by desperation to escape physical and mental suffering.
They are unable to develop compassion toward themselves and their bodies while they are regarded as outcasts, hunted as enemies, and treated like human refuse.
As we have seen, a major factor in addiction that medical and social policies must take into account is stress.
If we want to support people´s potential for healthy transformation, we must cease to impose debilitating stress on their already-burdened existence. Recall that uncertainty isolation, loss of control, and conflict are the major triggers for stress and that stress is the most predictable factor in maintaining addiction and triggering relapse.

From In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate

Great Book....I recommend reading it!

                                           Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

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