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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: From Heroin to Workaholism
The Riverside Church
New York, NY
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An educational fundraising event hosted by the New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) with Physician, Author and Public Speaker Dr. Gabor Maté. Please visit our Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/775462509271791/


New York City was hit by a record number of drug overdose deaths this past year. Dr. Gabor Maté, drawing on his twelve years of experience with drug-dependent people in Canada, has an alternative theory to contribute to our life-saving efforts in the community. In a talk based on his award-winning and #1 national bestselling book, "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction," Dr. Maté will present his biopsychosocial theory on addiction and discuss how we can approach the issue of drug addiction with compassion.

Much of  his experience is rooted in his work with Vancouvers Supervised Injection Site, and so Dr. Maté is certain to bring a novel take on these issues to New York. With Seattle recently approving the nations first safe-injection sites, this talk could not be coming at a better time to build momentum for a national movement towards compassionate care for drug-using people.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the NYHRE Holistic Health Program, which helps people improve their quality of life through offering services such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, art and music therapy, and qi gong while restoring dignity, humanity and social connections. To learn about more of the work that NYHRE conducts for the community, you can visit their site here: http://nyhre.org

Dr. Maté will be signing books after the Q&A. Refreshments will be available at the start of the event.


About Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver's unique Supervised Injection Site, North Americas only such facility. He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including "When The Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection" and the award winning "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction." Gabor is the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree of Law from the University of Northern British Columbia, among other awards. He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism will be published in 2016.
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The Riverside Church (View)
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027
United States


Arts > Literary
Other > Charity
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Political
Other > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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