Breaking Down Addiction
Posted By Schick Shadel || Apr 18, 2016
In his 2015 Ted Talk, journalist Johann Hari discussed the elements of addiction and what we really know about it. He talks about the ways in which addicts are treated throughout the world. In the United States, a lot of people with drug addictions are treated as criminals, as if they have done something wrong, and as though they should be shamed.
Addicts are often looked down on and they are disconnected from the world. It is a view that some individuals question.
One professor questions whether addiction is more about the dependency on the drug or if it’s more about the environment in which the person lives. Another professor believes that “addiction” should be called bonding because of the way people react to them. This is because some addicts do not have the normal bonds and connections that are present in most people’s lives. Instead, they have bonds to drugs.
In Portugal, addicts are treated completely opposite than the United States. Rather than criminalizing addicts, they decriminalized all drugs and tried to reconnect addicts with society through help with getting jobs and give them something with which to bond and connect. As a result, Portugal’s addiction rates are much lower than they were prior to the change in how they handle things.
At the end of his presentation, Hari says, “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection.” Addicts should have people who are there for them and love them; people who are willing to help them. This is what should be provided.
At Schick Shadel, we aim to help people with addictions. We don’t want them to feel shamed or judged. We want them to know that we are there to help them and guide them towards a better life. Our drug detox and rehab center is here to make sure you have a chance to reconnect with society.
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