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The Shocking Truth of What Causes Addiction

Just do a Google News search on the word and you’ll be shocked at just how often it’s used in a headline. Articles are plastered with mentions of drug addicts, sex addicts, gambling addicts, food addicts, shopping addicts, work addicts and internet addicts. The Opposite of Addiction is Connection. Right now an exciting new perspective on addiction is emerging.

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

Johann Harri, author of Chasing The Scream, 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.” – Johann Harri 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 Johan Harri’s idea about lack of connection and it is clear they’re talking about a similar emotional condition. Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong. It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies.

Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade.

It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

“I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades — and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits — so Susan wanted to do what was best for her sandy-haired boy who loved reading and playing baseball. She started letting John play different educational games on his iPad.