TED Talk: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

Journalist Johann Hari talks about his research on the war on drugs and how present-day approaches don't always work. We at Birdsong feel this is important, as not all solutions are the same for everybody. This talk presents an interesting concept that suggests that our community has a huge impact on the success of addiction and mental health healing.

"What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem."

This talk was presented at an official TED conference. Click here to watch the full video.