Almost everything we think we know about addiction is wrong.
Addiction is just one symptom of the crisis of disconnection that is happening all around us.
The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.
In the video they talk about one of the things we posted about earlier (in The Causes of Drug Addiction are Complex): the conditions of addiction expedients that form the basis of our understanding are questionable.
The claim made in the video is that psychology is much more the cause of addiction than chemistry. There certainly is plenty of evidence suggesting psychology is very important.
The video makes the claim it is largely about a “crisis of disconnection.” That if we don’t make strong interpersonal connections we will seek solace in the form of something that distracts us (drugs or something else).
These ideas are explored further in Johann Hari’s book about drugs and addiction: Chasing the Scream.
Related: Drug Addictions Often Disappear Over Time, even without treatment – Methods to Treat Addiction – Funding Drug Addiction Treatment Would Cost 1/7 the Cost of the Current Criminal System Focused Policy – Combination Strategy to Treat Alcohol Dependence