Summary Of Gabor Mate's In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts

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In the book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, by Gabor Mate, the reader seeks to gain insight about substance use, and the first hand experiences of persons affected by addiction. The book incorporates narrative experiences by the author, a physician that provides treatment and his patients whom deal with substance use and complex trauma. Each narrative offers a continuum from past to present that offers the reader an understanding on how addiction presents itself in all mankind. As a reader, Serena’s story had the greatest impact.
In 2009, more than eight million children in the United States resided in households where their primary caregiver was dependent on substance use (HHS, 2009). Substance Use disorder (SA) is defined as exhibiting one or more of the four criteria while consuming alcohol or illicit drugs: failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home, situations in which it is physically hazardous, situations persistent substance-related legal problems, social or interpersonal problems caused by or exacerbated by the effects of the substance (American Psychiatric Association, 2005). One out of four children affected by SA will develop psychological, physical, and social health complications, and a tenth …show more content…

There are times when the imagination will allow this reader to believe all hurt children playing together on a playground. As they grow up in life, they connect based on the color of the trauma dots on their face. Even though, this is an imaginary thought, Serena is more likely to have some of the same colorful dots as I; the reader. “A child of an alcoholic (COA)” is a statement that may not mean much to someone else, but to another child of a alcoholic it means, you are scared, frighten, not easily trusting, may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(sometimes undiagnosed), living with the black dot on your face. The black dot represents an Attachment

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