What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions.
He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal Ted Talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem. Hari believes that addiction is largely misunderstood. He says “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” Watch Johann Hari’s Ted Talk below.