Tedspresso - Ted talks condensed into a page of digestible information. If you like what you read, the link to the full talk is at the bottom of the page. Everything you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari
Length - 14:42
Key takeaways -
We are taught that the chemical hooks in drugs are the primary cause of addiction which is wrong.
Evidence suggests that addiction is an adaptation to the environment in which we live in.
If we have healthy connections and a purpose such as jobs and friends we are less likely to bond to drugs.
During the Vietnam war, 20% of American soldiers were using heroin, 95% of them stopped once they returned home because they suddenly had purpose and meaning in their lives.
Portugal used to have a large drug problem and took the radical approach of legalising all drugs in 2001, instead of using money to punish drug users, it invested it in rehabilitation and job programs and as a result drug use has decreased by 50% to date.
We need to stop stigmatising drug users and help them, not punish them.
“The opposite of addiction is connection” - Johann Hari