The Opposite Of Addiction is Connection: Do Stronger Human Connections Immunise Us Against Emotional Distress?

On the Uplift Connect site, Jonathan Davis writes that a “new perspective on addiction is emerging”. He cites Johann Hari, author of Chasing The Scream (The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs), who “recently captured widespread public interest with his Ted talk Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong, where he concluded with this powerful statement:

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.”

The article continues: “These sentiments are augmented by a growing number of experts, including addiction specialist Dr. Gabor Maté, who cites ’emotional loss and trauma’ as the core of addiction. Compare this ’emotional loss’ to Johann Hari’s idea about lack of connection and it is clear they’re talking about a similar emotional condition …”

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