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  • Published on Oct 29, 2015

  • 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 Support us on Patreon so we can make more stuff: https://www.patreon.com/Kurzgesagt?ty=h Get the music of the video here: https://soundcloud.com/epicmountain/a... https://epicmountainmusic.bandcamp.co... An interactive version of this video: http://www.addiction.mobydigg.de (works on mobile) Or follow us on social media or reddit: http://kurzgesagt.org https://www.reddit.com/r/kurzgesagt https://www.facebook.com/Kurzgesagt https://twitter.com/Kurz_Gesagt THANKS A LOT TO OUR LOVELY PATRONS FOR SUPPORTING US: T0T0S, Ryan OHoro, Matthieu de Canteloube, Vince, Thomas Shiels, Brian David Henderson, Jim Yang, Arnav Guleria, Clemens, Tahseen Mushtaque, Jochen, Vahur S, Harry, BurmansHealthShop, Nils Caspar, Holger Fassel, Jackson R Hanna, Pascal de Reuck, ByeongWook Lee, Guus Ketelings, Franko Papić, Thalia, Narat, Suchartsunthorn, Lorenz Zahn, Brian Aparicio, Jörg Vogelsang, Rashed Ali, Darwin Ranzone, Tyler Thornton, David Pfister, Han Saini, Ute Moll, Ioanna Bischinioti, Jenny Zhou, Vince Babbra. Avi Yashchin, Dan Cortes, Matt K, Phiroze Dalal, Marcelo Fernandes de Souza Filho, A La Mode, Tom Wardrop, Shawn Marincas, Pontus Attåsen, Paul, Marc Dumont, Robert McKone, Todd Binkley, Matthew von der Ahe, Thomas Russell, Erick, Vivek Kotecha, Artur Szczypta, Jeff Fellows, Daniel Duffee, Konstantin Shabashov, Tim drake, Mike Galles, Evgenia Yigitalieva, Vrm Vee Are Em, Timothy Noble Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong Help us caption & translate this video! http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_p...


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  • "Your grandmother wasn't turned into a junkie by her hip replacement," is the best sentence I've ever heard.

  • 24 year old Recovering heroin addict here with almost 3 years clean. Love videos that educate people about the disease of addiction, because it truly can literally happen to anybody. It all started for me when I was 18, I began experimenting with perc 30s here and there because all my friends were doing them. And for some sick reason I just absolutely fell in love and my brain told me this is what I have been missing in my life. However I didn’t realize those pills were literally just synthetic heroin, I had no idea. I wish I did know that, because I really think knowing that could of prevented me from even wanting to try them. After a while I became addicted to those and they just became way to expensive for me to manage my habit, 30-40$ a pill! So I ended up inevitably switching to heroin, which is a lot stronger and so much cheaper. Not realizing that stupid decision would open up a world of destruction, pain, and regret that I wouldn’t be able to close for years. After trying every form of treatment possible, rehabs, detoxes, therapy none of it worked and I would always relapse. I finally ended up finding a program that really worked for me and gave me the structure I needed to turn my life around. I started at a methadone program and I utilized the program the best I could and I took it completely serious because I had hit rock bottom and all I wanted was to beat my addiction and live a “normal” life again. I was able to COMPLETELY turn my life around at this program. Got an amazing job, best I ever had. Re gained my families trust, found the love of my life, bought my first car, fixed my credit, started eating better and working out. Started saving money again and getting back into things I enjoy like collecting sneakers (I’m a sneaker head at heart) I have an addictive personality for sure, I have ADHD, and I still struggle every day with cravings even after almost 3 years clean. However I know I can’t go back and I’m working every day to make sure I don’t. I hope the world can start focusing on TREATING addiction and not PUNISHING people just for being addicts. A non violent drug offender does NOT belong in jail on the tax payers dime. They belong in treatment. When an addict recovers they contribute to society again, start paying taxes and give back to the world. An addict in jail doesn’t recover and just sits around learning how to become a better criminal and making connections, building resentment. If your a struggling addict, just know life can get so much better and don’t be afraid to reach out for help. All the worst diseases In the world are fought and treated with medication. I was always afraid to try going to a methadone program because of the negative stigmas associated with it and the fact that all of my friends made it seem like it was a bad decision and wouldn’t help. I’m so happy I didn’t listen and I gave it a try. It literally saved my damn life. Will power alone is not enough to stop using. I encourage you if nothing else works to look into medicated assisted treatment like I did, it could save your life! Stay positive everybody 0001f91f❤️

  • "We put people who are not well in a situation that makes them feel worse, and hate them for not recovering" - Kurzgesagt

  • So Demi Lovato is just lonely.

  • So your tellin me to go jerk off together with my friends?

  • Not all drugs are bad

  • I’m a addicted to Liking my own comment

  • Fun fact; using some drugs makes us connect more.

  • My teacher showed this video in a lesson where we studied drugs, and I started watching your videos more. Your videos are perfect for education, it's just not like these kind of videos are usually shown at school yet, but at least some teacher gave an actual utuber a chance...

  • ‘Opposite of Addiction is Connection’ -Sentence of Millenium.

  • That mind blown.

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  • What about alcoholism? Normally, alcoholism is a very common and surprisingly social addiction.

  • Okay, I'm not trying to be difficult, this is a genuine question based on personal experience. I have dealt with addiction, but I was still maintaining healthy relationships, I was happy and there wasn't anything traumatic going on. Nothing was wrong other than the addiction, which I hated having and to this day refuse to go into detail about. If being in a safe, stimulating and loving place ends the need for addiction, then why didn't it work for me?

  • I like this video, however I find that some addicts just prefer their drug of choice over connecting with others. A man addicted to Heroin might have been in a good family, but once his mind and attention turned to heroine, thats when you see him isolate himself

  • Plenty of people get addicted to drugs in hospitals.

  • This was AMAZING!!!!!!! Well said!