Addiction & Loneliness: Can You Beat Addiction Alone?

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Are You Lonely? Science Says You Can Cultivate Intimacy And Joy

This article is a follow up from my previous article, The Opposite of Addiction is Connection, a discussion centered on Johann Hari’s, TED talk: “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong.” What Hari believes to be the cause of addiction — be it drug addiction, gambling addiction or even addiction to your mobile device — is a lack of human connection. He says,

“Human beings have a natural and innate need to bond. And when we’re happy and healthy we’ll bond and connect with each other,” Hari explained. “But if you can’t do that — because you’re traumatized or isolated or beaten down by life — you will bond with something that will give you some sense of relief. Now that might be gambling, that might be pornography, that might be cocaine, that might be cannabis, but you will bond and connect with something because that’s our nature, that’s what we want as human beings.”  Click here to read more...