For those with a strong sense of empathy, this information will be of little surprise. Even some of the popular television shows centered around addiction, like A&E’s “Intervention” or the various shows about hoarding, provide the masses some context behind why people get trapped in these self-destructive behaviors.
Now the people at In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt have created a video titled, “Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong,” adapted from Johann Hari’s New York Times Best Seller “Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.” It shines some light on the “why” behind addiction — and it’s not all about chemical dependency, partying, having a good time, or poor choices. It has far more to do about isolation and pain.
While the War on Drugs continues to destroy lives, we are completely ignoring the real reason why people become addicts — then perpetuating the harm of addiction even further by criminalizing their behavior.
Richard Nixon declared the “War on Drugs” in 1971. Over $1 trillion has been spent with millions of people placed behind bars and lives destroyed not only by addiction, but also the man-made consequences of that addiction.
The “war” rages on, but who exactly is the enemy?
Watch this video and then take the quiz to see how much you really know about addiction:
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