Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari - Part One
One of my earliest memories was not being able to wake up one of my relatives and not being able to close just a little kid so I didn't really understand why. As I got older, I realised we had drug addiction in my family, including later cocaine addiction and thinking about a lot lately partly because it's now exactly 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States of Britain.
We then impose that on the rest of the world. It's a century since we made this really fateful decision to take addicts and punish them and make them suffer because we believe that will deter them and give them an incentive to stop and go. I was looking at some of the addicts in my life who I love and trying to figure out there was somebody to help them. And I realised that when they did incredibly basic questions
I just didn't know the answer to like, what really causes addiction. Why do we carry on with this approach that doesn't seem to be working? Is there a better way out there that we could try instead? So I read loads of stuff about it, and I couldn't really find the answers I was looking for. So I thought okay, I'll go and sit with people around the world who've lived this and studied this and talk to them and see if I can learn from them and ended up but didn't realise what I ended up getting people from transgender gravity or in Brownsville, Brooklyn to a scientist who spent a lot of time building a list of agenda mongooses to see if they liked them, and it turns out to be voting in very specific circumstances to decriminalise all drugs from cannabis to crack Portugal.
And the thing I realised really blew my mind is almost everything we think we know about addiction is wrong. And if we start to absorb the new evidence about addiction, I think we're gonna have to change our drug policies. But let's start with what we think we know what I find. This middle row here, right? Imagine all of you for 20 days now went off and used heroin three times a day.
What would what would happen? Now we have a story about what happened with a toy for a century, we think, because there are chemical hooks and heroin, as you took it from your body would become dependent as you start to physically need them. At the end of those 20 days you'll be heroin addicts, right? That's what I thought. First thing that alerted me for something that right with this story was explained to me. And I broke my hip. I'll be taking hospital diamorphine. diamorphine is heroin. It's actually much better when you're gonna buy on the streets, because the study by drug dealers contaminated actually irrelevant.
It's just the stuff you get to the doctor is medically pure, and you'll be given it for quite a long period of time and most people in this room, they don't realise that this is happening. Get Directions Link