Gabor Maté 's book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts changed the way I viewed addiction in my family, and helped me to recognize and appreciate my emotions and sensitivities in a way that serves my highest good.
The book landed in my lap through my sister, whom at the time was working with Addictions Services. I would pick it up, read a little bit, then quickly put it back down for long stretches at a time. It took me a year and a half finish it, because it wasn't until I was ready to face my own truths, could I take it in in a meaningful way.
All things considered, the courage to transmute our traumas and suffering into peace lends itself to self-healing and a freedom in our hearts.
I love following his work, and I highly recommend his interview with Tim Ferriss on February 20 (on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast). It is for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of themselves, and the science behind addiction. His explanation of this science facilitates breeding more compassion for addiction, and ultimately for ourselves.