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a must-read for addicts, friends and families of addicts and those working with addicts,
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This review is from: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction (Paperback)
i am all of the above (recovering addict for soon-to-be 8 years, working with addicts, daughter of an alcoholic). this book along with bruce alexander's book "the globalization of addiction" and "addiction is an attachment disorder" gave me more answers than NA, therapists, NA-meetings, NA-sponsors have given me combined. if it was up to me all addicts would have to read these three books to better understand themselves, and all social workers to better understand them.
unfortunately the book suffers from being slightly badly organized, which is no wonder considering dr. matè has ADD himself. i much prefer the stuff about early childhood development and its effect on neurotransmitters and how that relates to addiction.