Johann Hari is the author of ‘Chasing the Scream‘, which deconstructs the War on Drugs and the myth that decriminalising drugs will worsen already abhorrent circumstances.

In this episode of  Meet the Renegades, Johann explains how our perception of drug addiction is completely wrong, why the War on Drugs hasn’t worked and offers alternative solutions. He shares insights on programmes which are thinking differently about drugs for example in Switzerland and Portugal, both of which have had dramatic results.

This war continues because we dehumanise everyone involved.

If we can’t or won’t attempt to understand the catalyst for most drug use, drug addiction will continue to be an impossible problem to solve. Could it be that the weight of social and emotional forces weigh so heavily on drug addicts that the are the only offer of escapism?

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection, the core of addiction is about not wanting to be present in your life because your life is too painful a place to be.

The foundation of unhappiness, which often fuels drug abuse are cultural standards that are not constructive for humanity.

We ask Johann how then do we start changing those standards to ultimately improve the lives of those suffering from drug addiction?


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3 thoughts on “Meet the Renegades: Johann Hari

  1. Yes, finally, a thoughtful discussion of addiction! Empathy, compassion, science are certainly positive alternatives to condemnation, punishment, and mistaken morality. Recognizing the humanity of people, who get caught up in this tragedy, is truly the answer. Johann Hari is a visionary leader. He grasp of this difficult topic is illuminating and inspirational.

  2. I have been handing out methadone for years in various pharmacies.I also see widespread abuse in the general population, buying codeine in pharmacies, these people have a problem which they will not admit to.
    Most of the addicts I see have had some difficulty in their early lives but many have just fallen into it by being in the forces or introduced by friends.Of course people try to run away from problems ,usually by watching TV ,smoking , going out for entertainment.These are distractions.Its a normal response to stressful lives.
    Giving methadone usually does not help, I see addicts wandering about with bottles of booze to try and quell the pain and craving in thier lives.I also see them with injuries from burgleries e.g tree climbing to break into homes or premises.The methadone does not stop cravings so they go off and buy alchol or other substances.If there were easy answers then it would have been solved.Various projects/studies over the years have shown results so you can equally point to Japan where drug use is very criminalised and prisoners are jailed but also given extensive rehab.It works because there is very little drug abuse there. Humans crave distraction from problems, this human condition is what needs working on and this is the challenge not the problem.

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