When I heard this TED Talk, “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong,” Johann Hari’s approach to this sensitive topic brought tears to my eyes.
Johann mixes research with personal experience to shed light on the misinformation that almost monopolizes popular opinion on addiction.
His insights rang true to the addict in my life whom I love.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“…maybe we shouldn’t call it addiction. Maybe we should call it bonding. Human beings have a natural and innate need to bond, and when we’re happy and healthy, we’ll bond and connect with each other, but if you can’t do that, because you’re traumatized or isolated or beaten down by life, you will bond with something that will give you some sense of relief. Now that might be gambling, that might be pornography, that might be cocaine, that might be cannabis, but you will bond and connect with something because that’s our nature.”
“A core part of addiction, I came to think, and I believe the evidence suggests, is about not being able to bear to be present in your life.”
“For 100 years now, we’ve been singing war songs about addicts. I think all along we should have been singing love songs to them, because the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.”
I hope you will step out of your comfort zone and leave a comment on this post, because we need each other. We need to know we are not alone.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on “Everything You Know About Addiction is Wrong.”