Monday, February 25, 2008

Book reading about addictions & the Downtown Eastside.

Click the book cover to go to Gabor Mate's website, click here to purchase the book

[Reading info from

Thursday, February 28 @ 7:30 p.m

Gabor Maté

talks about his new book on addiction at the Ottawa Public Library Main Branch Auditorium

(The Ottawa Public Library Auditorium is located on the lower level of 120 Metcalfe (at Laurier). Admission is free and there is no reserved seating).

In his new book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, bestselling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours. For over seven years Gabor Maté has been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV and, in many cases, all four. Beginning with a dramatically close view of his drug addicted patients, Dr. Maté looks at his own history of compulsive behaviour and weaves the stories of real people who have struggled with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain. He proposes a compassionate approach to helping drug addicts and, for the many behaviour addicts among us, to addressing the void addiction is meant to fill.

Gabor Maté, M.D. is the author of the bestselling books "Scattered Minds" and "When the Body Says No"–published in ten languages on five continents–and co-author, with Gordon Neufeld, of "Hold On To Your Kids". Former medical columnist for the Globe and Mail, where his byline continues to be seen on issues of health and parenting, Dr. Maté has had a family practice, worked as a palliative care physician and, most recently, with the addicted men and women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

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