Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

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The Opposite of Addiction is Connection | Johann Hari | TED Talks

Since the start of the war on drugs many decades ago, the drugs themselves have often been blamed as the root cause of addiction. Research conducted in the 1970s by  Bruce Alexander, a professor of Psychology in Vancouver, with rats showed a common thread that could be linked to humans: Rat Park showed that chemicals in the drugs cause people to continue craving the drugs long after they have stopped taking them. The research also made a breakthrough in addiction research by indicating that the “opposite of addiction is connection!”

This view, though, is slowly changing. Many scientists and writers now point to a fundamental problem with our modern society as the reason for the continuing epidemic of addiction.

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection,” Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, writes on the Huffington Post.

Johann has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

Listen to his TedTalk…