Disconnected: Relationships & Addiction

connections and substance abuse

About a year ago, I was listening to a Ted Talk by Johann Hari where he posits that addiction is not merely some chemical attachment to a drug. It is a reaction to feeling disconnected and alone. He offers up the metaphor of how studies show that the square footage of our homes has increased while the number of people in our close social circle has decreased. “We’ve traded stuff for connection,” he says, “and the result is we’re one of the loneliest societies that has ever been.” The opposite of addiction, therefore, is not sobriety. It’s connection…

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