What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to alcohol 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 above, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world are beginning to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long. In his New York Times best-selling book Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his discoveries entirely through the stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari’s discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade – while it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.
“Johann Hari’s book is the perfect antidote to the war on drugs, one of the most under-discussed moral injustices of our time. It combines rigorous research and deeply human story-telling. It will prompt an urgently-needed debate’
–Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“A terrific book.”
“An absolutely stunning book. It will blow people away.”
“Superb journalism and thrilling story-telling.”
–Naomi Klein, author of No Logo
“Wonderful… I couldn’t put it down.”
“An astounding book.”
–Amy Goodman, host of ‘Democracy Now’
Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war – in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This book will challenge and change how you think about one of the most controversial – and consequential – questions of our time. You can get your own copy of Johann Hari’s Chasing The Scream at ChasingTheScream.com. You can also watch the equally important TED Talk from Liz Mullinar below, where she explains how 100% of all addictions are rooted in childhood trauma. Millinar is the founder of the Heal For Life Foundation. And I’ve attached several other videos from Johann Hari below as well.
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