I want to make clear that, although the issue of drug abuse is highly politicized, I do not mean to take a stance on the drug war by posting this article. What interests me about it is Mr. Hari’s very interesting opinion on what actually causes addiction. There seems to be quite a lot of evidence to suggest that it’s not what most of us have been taught to believe it is. Yes, addictive substances can be dangerous, without a doubt. But what makes the difference between the strung out addict who has repeatedly overdosed and the user who doesn’t seem to have been harmed, and even seems to be able to quit at will? It may be as simple as this: connection.
Although I believe that genetics and nutrition also play a large role, I also believe that Johann Hari makes a very good point.