As you may know, the Ted Talks organization has been allowing many to spread their ideas for quite some time now. I, for one, spend hours watching presentations on their Youtube channel and am never disappointed.
Not too long ago the author of Chasing The Scream, Johann Hari presented his “Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong” Ted Talk and people everywhere have since been ecstatic about it. He concludes his talk with a very thought-provoking and powerful statement. He claims there is a better way to deal with those going through addiction.
“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.”
Research seems to somewhat support what he is saying. He goes over how some people are more at risk of becoming addicted to drugs than other people. People who are becoming addicts are lacking something. That something is connection. Users are not usually able to connect in healthy ways with other human beings.
In his talk, Hari mentions a study carried out years ago known as ‘rat park.’ In this study, the idea of addiction was challenged. For this study, a rat was put in an empty cage with two water bottles. One of the water bottles was plain water while the other was heroin laced water. During this time the rat always chose the bottle with drugs added to it.
He then took things a step further and created what he called ‘rat park,’ it was exactly as it sounds: a paradise for rats. There was a lot of cheese, tunnels, multiple rats, and then the two water bottles. The strange thing about this is though that the rats now that they had been enriched were no longer interested in the drug water and rarely use it. You can read more about this study by clicking here.
It seems we can learn a lot from Hari as he is quite rounded and open-minded. If you can’t connect with others you have to find something to bond with. For some, it seems drugs are that bond for them. What do you think about all of this? Sure, people do choose to do drugs but maybe there is much more to it than we think.
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