Today I want to expand on a previous post entitled Does addiction exist? Despite decades of research on the effects of addictive drugs on the brain, neuroscience cannot yet predict who will become addicted, or how to cure it.
This begs the sobering question – Is everything we think we know about addiction wrong?
This short video really nails the lie that addictive drugs alone (e.g. alcohol, cocaine, heroin and nicotine) are the sole culprit in creating addiction and it does so by giving powerful examples of how our environment and in particular the people around us, and how we engage with them that is actually the deciding factor as to whether-or-not we become addicted.
Probably the most important message to be taken from this video is the realization that for an addiction therapy to be effective it must rely less on medication and more on compassion and inclusion, a fact known to all good addiction therapists for a long time. I look forward to developing this theme in greater detail in future posts including drug-free tips on how to beat addiction.