Oftentimes substance abuse and overdrinking are improperly diagnosed as an addiction. The proper diagnoses should be a craving caused by an unhealthy habit. The thin line between the two diagnoses is easy to draw: If the person's life becomes unmanageable because of the unhealthy habit, they are considered an addict.
Author and Ted Talks speaker, Johann Harri, is correct in his theory that the real root of addiction is the lack of a genuine connection to family, community and self. Harri explains painful experiences, traumas, and abuse cause these disconnections. When these vital bonds are broken, the person will bond to other stuff like drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, working, food, etc.
Many addiction specialists and experts agree with Harri's statement, "The opposite of addiction is connection." The good news is addiction is not a disease and it does not have to be fatal. Addiction is a temporary brain disorder that is curable.
There are many fascinating reports of Ayahuasca and Ibogaine healing the addiction brain disorder where other treatments have failed. In fact, the evidence shows either of these two plant medicines wins the gold medal in terms of treating addictions and other tormentive and pesky disorders.
Watch Barry as he sets the record straight so you can understand addiction in only five minutes. Then watch the new science explaining why connection is the opposite of addiction in this video titled, "The Root Cause of Addiction."