I have a family member that is an addict. This person was supposed to be one of the most important people in my life. The person who was supposed to love me unconditionally, choose me, value me. . . . His struggle with addiction stole him from me. It has created a block of anger that I don’t know will ever really go away.
I found a Ted Talk called Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong by Johann Hari. It makes a lot of sense. I don’t take credit for what is written below as I just notated what Johann said in his speech. (Of course it is not exact, just my notes)
“Basically – our idea of addiction is that when someone is exposed to a drug, like opiates, some sort of ‘chemical hook’ attaches to them & then they become addicted. But tons of people go to the doctor or hospital every day for injuries and leave with the real deal pain meds. Most of our Grandma’s don’t walk out of the hospitals and become junkies. When they don’t need the medicine anymore, they just stop taking them.
It doesnt make sense that lots of people are exposed to the same scenerio or drug and some become addicts and some don’t. Maybe we have the wrong focus and idea about what addiction is.
All of the ideas about addiction that we have learned come from experiments done in the 1920’s where they put rats in a cage. In the cage the rat was given two water bottles. One with water & One with drug water. The rat always chose and preferred the drug water and almost always overdosed and died. He was hooked. Period. So that became the glasses we look through to explain how addicts become addicts. They get “hooked” from use of the drug.