Love this article which introduces the idea in the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. There are more and more awakened ideas being applied to our sad human condition. This is in keeping with all the work I share of Gabor Mate’s and Marion Woodman as well. I’ve shared links to posts with their work at the bottom of this post.
Professor Alexander argues this discovery is a profound challenge both to the right-wing view that addiction is a moral failing caused by too much hedonistic partying, and the liberal view that addiction is a disease taking place in a chemically hijacked brain. In fact, he argues, addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you. It’s your cage.
So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.
This isn’t only relevant to the addicts I love. It is relevant to all of us, because it forces us to think differently about ourselves. Human beings are bonding animals. We need to connect and love. The wisest sentence of the twentieth century was E.M. Forster’s — “only connect.” But we have created an environment and a culture that cut us off from connection, or offer only the parody of it offered by the Internet. The rise of addiction is a symptom of a deeper sickness in the way we live — constantly directing our gaze towards the next shiny object we should buy, rather than the human beings all around us. READ IT ALL HERE
Johann Hari’s book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
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