If you haven’t watched Johann Hari's TED Talk here it is. It's been view 5 million times on Youtube and 10 million time on the TED Talk website. He talks about "Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong" and is a must for anyone interested in drug policy and societies attitudes to drugs and addiction.
Johann Hari is the best selling author of an excellent book: "Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs” and is appearing in Melbourne at the Melbourne Town Hall on the 20th September.
Addiction is the opposite to Connection
Understanding addiction is essential to developing effective evidence based drug policy.
Johann Hari explores the nature of addiction and how society should respond to addiction with drug policies that treat the cause of addictive behaviour. Johann Hari's ideas have enormous implications for how we as a society deal with addiction. Unfortunately existing policies that criminalise, vilify and demean those addicted to drugs reinforces and stimulates their addictions. The question Johann asks is, how should we as a society respond to addiction?