Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong


This is a great video. I found it on Reddit and there’s a pretty good discussion about it going on there now. This, in a nutshell, kinda/sorta expands on my last post about social media dependence and the hollow vacuum it has become. You would think that something which has become so empty would soon lose its luster. Not so…

As a person who has experience as both an addict and also treating addicts, this video made me think about addition in a new light. That’s saying a lot because I have seen my fair share of addicts in my time and also struggled with various addictions over the years.

Normally, due to my training, my first thoughts on addiction automatically go to chemical reactions in the brain: i.e., dopamine and dopamine receptors. And I think when most people think “addict” they think of drugs but the reality is that you can become addicted to just about anything.

I never understood how people could sell their children for a hit of crack until I studied how the brain works and how various things change that chemistry inside your skull. But this video makes me think in terms of the now and the addiction most people have with their personal, hand-held “wonder” machines. We traded one addiction for another in search of salvation but only ended up with a another kind of shackles. Slavery is the new freedom, after all.

This video also raises some excellent points about how we treat addition and how disconnected (and in denial) most of us are about it, whether it’s us or someone else suffering.

Anyway, I wanted to share. I think it’s well done and raises some good questions about what the hell we’re doing with the “war on drugs” and mass incarceration, in addition to looking at our own addictions and the social stigma that comes along with.

Let me know what you think in the comments and enjoy your day.


  • PKCox Reply

    Very interesting video – thank you for sharing. Our society needs to rehabilitate and treat addicts rather than demonize them. We have a long way to go to fully understand addiction. The brain in certainly still largely unknown territory.

    • Sarlos Cantana Reply

      I agree. I thought it was enlightening to see another perspective on addiction. We so often just punish it, which, obviously, rarely works.

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