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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Revisioning Trauma, Addiction, and Healing

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Contrary to what is often claimed, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment where the neurobiology of the brain’s reward pathways develops and the emotional patterns that lead to addiction are wired into the unconscious. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions. Helping the addicted individual requires that we appreciate the function of the addiction in his or her life.

In his most recent best-selling book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Maté shows that addictions do not represent a discrete set of medical disorders. Rather, they reflect the extreme end of a continuum of addictions, most of which are hidden, that runs throughout our society.

Based on the book, this weekend draws on cutting-edge science to address many illuminating topics, including:

The real sources of addictions

The false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, etc.)

The prevention of addiction, both in adolescence and before

Developing a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible.

For those suffering from addiction and their loved ones, as well as mental-health professionals and others interested in the topic of addiction, this important weekend provides a transformative opportunity.  Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health.

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Gabor Maté, MD

September 1-3, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights
CE Credits available

$390 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Contrary to what is often claimed, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment where the neurobiology of the brain’s reward pathways develops and the emotional patterns that lead to addiction are wired into the unconscious. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions. Helping the addicted individual requires that we appreciate the function of the addiction in his or her life.

In his most recent best-selling book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Maté shows that addictions do not represent a discrete set of medical disorders. Rather, they reflect the extreme end of a continuum of addictions, most of which are hidden, that runs throughout our society.

Based on the book, this weekend draws on cutting-edge science to address many illuminating topics, including:

The real sources of addictions

The false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, etc.)

The prevention of addiction, both in adolescence and before

Developing a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible.

For those suffering from addiction and their loved ones, as well as mental-health professionals and others interested in the topic of addiction, this important weekend provides a transformative opportunity.  Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Whether you or someone close to you is suffering from addiction, gain a clearer and more thorough understanding of the root causes in order to grasp what is needed on the path to recovery.

  • For professionals, learn the findings of cutting-edge science and the implications for you—and your clients—in developing compassionate, supportive, and effective approaches to treatment.

  • Gain a broader perspective on how stress and our environments contribute to addiction and how to successfully acknowledge and prevent addiction.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    Mental health professionals and others interested in addiction recovery, as well as those with addiction or affected by addiction

Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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