Chasing the Scream: Seeing Addiction through a Clearer Lens

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Chasing the Scream by British journalist Johann Hari deepens our understanding of the causes of and remedies for addiction.   The book, published in January of 2015, helps readers to understand why the ‘war on drugs has failed and will continue to fail because resources are focused on punishment of what are essentially health and social justice issues.  A pivotal study of rats (more about this later)  helps to tell the multi-layered story of addiction’s causes and prompts readers to re-examine why people use drugs.  Some believe bad character causes addiction, others that drug addiction is a matter of chemical predisposition.  Hari’s findings refute these causes and suggest a radical alternative to punishment, one that includes community, purpose, and a deeper understanding of the needs of the self

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