What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction, What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple.

This video is adapted from Johann Hari’s New York Times best-selling book ‘Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.’ For more information, and to take a quiz to see what you know about addiction, go to www.chasingthescream.com

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What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple.

This video is adapted from Johann Hari’s New York Times best-selling book ‘Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.’ For more information, and to take a quiz to see what you know about addiction, go to www.chasingthescream.com

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20 thoughts on “What Is Drug Addiction?”

  1. There is truth in this video. Of course having people to connect with can provide stability and love that can help some people avoid becoming addicts or help them stop their addiction. And real scientists and researchers and Dr.s are not in conflict with that idea. Research continues and new studies show a percentage of people whose brain is susceptible to becoming a chronic addict. No intelligent person things drugs cause addiction. People who like those with mental illnesses create addiction in their life. People like the Rat Guy who for some reason received respect. continue to think that there philosophy is the only correct way of thinking and Neurological studies that show otherwise are false, because they are false. There are plenty of lies in this video. I have studied addiction, especially alcoholism in the field from age 3 to 20. I continued a more academic type of research, after the blast zone cleared, This video makes me angry and insults those I love. The makers should be ashamed.

  2. if we ignore why people turn to drugs in the first place, no power in the world will make them stop.

  3. "This has been closely studied, it doesn't happen." Except that it does, as seen by the vast upswing in opioid addiction following similar upswings in opioid prescription, and the high percentage of heroin addicts who started with prescription opioid abuse, and the high percentage of prescription opioid abusers that started with legitimate medical use.

    I'm not saying the social factors identified in the Rat Park study aren't possible contributing factors (though follow up studies failed to replicate the results, making the rat park conclusions extremely suspect: Petrie, B.F., Psychol Rep. 1996, 78, 391–400. PMID 9148292, Bozarth MA, Murray A, Wise RA., Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 1989 Aug;33(4):903-7. PMID 2616610), but there's not plenty of very strong and very practical evidence for the traditional chemical dependence model, especially for opioids, as we do in fact see people becoming addicted to opioids following regular medical use.

  4. great now I'm convicted I am addicted to my phone. the only time off it is when my bf and I go out or I'm at work or sleeping

  5. I come here after the newspapers have announced a growing of addiction of heroine and prescription drugs. I'm trying to find a relation between them.

  6. well said, except I don't floor space getting any bigger, and we desperately need to build cheap tiny apartments.

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