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

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What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari 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.

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  2. This is possibly the best Ted talk I've ever heard. Addiction isn't inherently bad. Just a bit misguided in finding connection and happiness. Like a child struggling in a particular subject in school, we should help them understand and guide them! Not send them to detention and berate them for being a bad student! At the end of the day, it's their understanding of that subject that will ultimately allow them to feel successful and grow alongside their peers. To anyone else struggling with addiction, loneliness, etc., you're NOT alone!

  3. We socially categorize addictions and treat them differently while the brain does not. We need medical specialists in the area of breaking additions, but by doing so we will have to recognize all addictions not just the socially abhorrent ones.. The brain treats coffee in the same exact way it treats heroin. If you find that coffee helps you wake up, then after awhile your body will not know how to wake up without coffee. If you find that cannabis helps you, to face life, after awhile you will be unable to face life without cannabis. Emotions aside, it's that simple. Emotions are for the psychologist. Addiction is for the ???. See what I mean?

  4. Thank you for this clear talk…we need more of that as a society…as we do need to re-think our priorities and understand addiction is far from creating havoc only for drug & alcohol users. As an attitude we are all addicts…this message needs more exposure to our kids without further delay. We must look ourselves in the mirror, understand our addiction and act as an addiction free life IS worth it👊🏼❤️

  5. I dont know if I fully agree to that, im addict of 22yrs on heroin, there has been periods of my life where I have gone " what I called straight as I no longer had the physical addiction but still used recreationally, if herion can be recreational consitering you dont do anything whilst your on it." And in theses times I got work, had a family , but always still at the back of my mind I thought about a shot. So ive been in and out of addiction ( mostly in ) most my life. I got on the methadone program ( biggest regret to herion addict ) as this is used only to maintain and contol your own addiction, so I go up and down on methadone as I relapse but it doesnt stop me using as then I turn and start to use meth, go down and up as cycle keeps repeating. I even moved state, but after 3yrs went on the serch for heroin, meth was everywhere. I do beleive the right support and programs can help but sometimes the addiction isnt just physical or pyhchilogical, it can also be envromental and habitual. So for someone that has the support still may not be able to escape. More has to be done, and this depends alot on age aswell. Ive know medical doctors addictd to there own drugs usually the downers, and ive seen working trades men that have happy family life ect, but they still get there shot before work in morning and they seem to have a sort of control of the drug as they maintain the amount they use and I suppose they just use enough to keep the sickness away so they can do there every day life. I have much more I can say on this topic and ideas to help. But not everyone can be fixed. Inconclusion those who cant be fixed still need support we should never give up on anyone.

  6. What makes it hard for my recovery is that I am a 47 y/o male, with alcohol addiction, Asperger Syndrome and I have never been in a relationship. People get quiet stupid, when they say "But you will have no one to support you.". If someone else has addiction and Aspergers, can you please explain that we normally don't get into relationships. I am sorry that I am not a Neuro Typical, but I am not. Please don't freak out because I am not like you.

  7. My grandma was a junkie. Loved her Dillaudid and so did I. Hugs not drugs is a nice catch phrase but withdrawal is real. The war on drugs in the US is a complete farce. Great speaker and a piece of this may be implemented but it's much more complex.

  8. The arrival of Fentanyl has created a terrible heroin overdose crisis here in Vancouver. I think we could very well see Vancouver adopt policies similar to those of Portugal in the not-too-distant future.

  9. Why do kids from perfect homes with perfect lives end up junkies by the age of 19?

    This theory of a perfect world like rat eutopia works great with rats but not with people who can never find happiness and there is never enough happiness for them.

    The evils of society and our own selves speak volumes through our actions.

  10. I know I have self control, I have a large desire to escape reality, and hate my life. Ive smoked ice to many times and have access to it daily. but I have never felt depended on it, and have never smoked more then once a month.

  11. I agree with you my husband is an addicted we have been broken up for a couple months the problem with being connected with him is I fear he will get so high that he will kill me

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