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What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple. This video is adapted from Johann Hari's New York Times best-selling book 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.' For more information, and to take a quiz to see what you know about addiction, go to www.chasingthescream.com Support us on Patreon so we can make more stuff: https://www.patreon.com/Kurzgesagt?ty=h Get the music of the video here: https://soundcloud.com/epicmountain/addiction https://epicmountainmusic.bandcamp.com/track/addiction An interactive version of this video: http://www.addiction.mobydigg.de (works on mobile) Or follow us on social media or reddit: http://kurzgesagt.org https://www.reddit.com/r/kurzgesagt https://www.facebook.com/Kurzgesagt https://twitter.com/Kurz_Gesagt THANKS A LOT TO OUR LOVELY PATRONS FOR SUPPORTING US: T0T0S, Ryan OHoro, Matthieu de Canteloube, Vince, Thomas Shiels, Brian David Henderson, Jim Yang, Arnav Guleria, Clemens, Tahseen Mushtaque, Jochen, Vahur S, Harry, BurmansHealthShop, Nils Caspar, Holger Fassel, Jackson R Hanna, Pascal de Reuck, ByeongWook Lee, Guus Ketelings, Franko Papić, Thalia, Narat, Suchartsunthorn, Lorenz Zahn, Brian Aparicio, Jörg Vogelsang, Rashed Ali, Darwin Ranzone, Tyler Thornton, David Pfister, Han Saini, Ute Moll, Ioanna Bischinioti, Jenny Zhou, Vince Babbra. Avi Yashchin, Dan Cortes, Matt K, Phiroze Dalal, Marcelo Fernandes de Souza Filho, A La Mode, Tom Wardrop, Shawn Marincas, Pontus Attåsen, Paul, Marc Dumont, Robert McKone, Todd Binkley, Matthew von der Ahe, Thomas Russell, Erick, Vivek Kotecha, Artur Szczypta, Jeff Fellows, Daniel Duffee, Konstantin Shabashov, Tim drake, Mike Galles, Evgenia Yigitalieva, Vrm Vee Are Em, Timothy Noble Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong Help us caption & translate this video! http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UCsXVk37bltHxD1rDPwtNM8Q&tab=2
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Variety of Everything (4 hours ago)
Who’s addicted to Kurzgesagt
احمد فايز (8 hours ago)
الراجل دا بيقول كلام زي الفل 🌹
Snipeshot1202 1 (10 hours ago)
I love ur Vida I'm literally binge watching them
rida raja (11 hours ago)
I want to ask that professor if an INFJ can get addiction ( because infj like to be away from others as we know because he is an introvert )
العربي يحط لايگگ 🙏
Prasath Sundar (14 hours ago)
That Rick reference caught me off guard
Abhishek Pawar (16 hours ago)
People like Demi Lovato live in cage like situations?
Игорь Тен (16 hours ago)
Я знаю российский стиль
AetherResonant (18 hours ago)
Nixon: Don't fucking MOVE.
Danilo Henao Ortiz (1 day ago)
Me han encantado las animaciones y la forma en la que explica el narrador. He logrado ver desde otro punto de vista el porque se produce la adicción a algo en especifico, y tratar de una forma diferente a personas que esten dentro de una adicción. Excelente video :D.
Eha Tacho (1 day ago)
I love it
Lorens4444 (1 day ago)
It's not that simple. There is such thing as "addictive personality". Some people get addicted in hospital, and some people craved and used heroin after coming back from Vietnam war. It's a disorder of personality, and it's almost impossible to be treated. 97 out of 100 addicted to heroin relapse and die, others manage to change their own behaviour.
Ben Millar (1 day ago)
KHOYA (1 day ago)
im rolling some joints while cheking this video ahhahahahaahahahah
dayday (1 day ago)
im addicted to air
Dawson 1 (1 day ago)
You should do a podcast
Shispita Morada (2 days ago)
I'm addicted to air.
Pixpy Pix (2 days ago)
Lol, loads of sex🤘🤘
k Anna (2 days ago)
Too much anime
Nickie SD (2 days ago)
♡♡♡ i am addicted to this channel
Penguin Fluffy (2 days ago)
Hey, people. Try to spot that Rick And Morty Reference.
barış can yağız (2 days ago)
Endermann Xt (2 days ago)
Reddit the biggest drugs
Omega Gear (3 days ago)
*chough chough* fortnite *choooooooooooooooooooooooooooough*
capital omelete (3 days ago)
Warren -•_•- (3 days ago)
This is my favorite kurzgesagt video hands down. Because of this video I started reserching the subject and now everyone I debate this about wonder why I know A lot about drug addiction
kiran kumar (3 days ago)
So true, loneliness leads to depression and depression leads to drug addiction...
Good Words :)
Tm Ua (3 days ago)
I have to say, as a person who self proclaims that they "have an addictive personality" this video made me rethink everything. It is by far one of my favourite videoes i have ever watched. Thank you.
SiLLy IITian (3 days ago)
Uematscrates (4 days ago)
Kurzegtat for president
Liam Beast (4 days ago)
I broke my leg and they gave me morifien and it did nothing so they gave me another drug and I was high for like 9 hours
JakeTheGreat (4 days ago)
This is true bc i play alot of video games and use my phone alot avoiding social interaction but when im with my girl i forget i even have a ps4 and dont even use my phone bc im so involved in her bc she makes me happy❤
Anātman (4 days ago)
I see a lot of comments of people saying "we don't use drugs only because we're lonely" or that "drugs makes you connect more". I abused a lot of drugs younger, and I still do but I hope in a more reasonable manner. Anyway thoses people are full of shit. Drugs doesn't make you connect more, it makes you feel and believe you connected more. Drugs are not used because we feel lonely ? see above You can abuse drugs if you want. I did. I think I made it out ok for now. But don't try to convince other people lies that you don't even believe yourself. You know better than anyone that if you wanted to stop you would need to face your own misery again. And if you think it's not the case then stop, if you have all those beautiful reasons of counsuming the drugs, resons wich are not addiction what would be the problem in cutting it out for 1 or 2 months heh ? I'm a strong believer that drugs are part of human life and it is our nature to consume them. However I'm a strong believer in Thruth and this kind of non-sense is not ok.
jon 2bar (4 days ago)
Everyone is beautiful, everyone is nice
Fuck You (5 days ago)
This is flat out wrong
Psychonaut (1 day ago)
*Doesn't even point out an incorrect detail, and probably liked their own comment* Estimated IQ = 80
the hillbilly gamer ! (5 days ago)
I know a lot about this subject I've been on methadone for 7 years but I've been clean for five with urine tests but I can't quit the methadone because I have lymphedema very painful condition
Pranay Johri (5 days ago)
the script of this video is exactly the same as one of the TED talks on drug addiction.:/
Nide Crispo (5 days ago)
quite fascinating :)
Dylan Coverdale (6 days ago)
This really is just bad science. There are many people out there with a "perfect" life full of connection, that when coming into contact with drugs, becomes addicted and will choose drugs over connection every time- even in a healthy environment. There is another person in the same situation that is able to try drugs and stop on their own volition. T It isn't simply caused by an environmental factor. I know this to be true, I've seen it and experienced it. Suggesting addiction is caused environmental factors and choosing two (perhaps arbitrary and unrelated facts- people have "less friends" and "more floor space") is honestly kind of ridiculous.
Psychonaut (1 day ago)
That doesn't make sense. You just said that emotionally 'perfect' people (which, psst, never happens) get addicted to drugs. This doesn't make sense; why would a perfectly happy person want to take drugs that increase dopamine levels? Having friends =/ emotional happiness.
Kiki Boo (6 days ago)
1:14 Rick ? My love? 😍😍
lps galaxy (6 days ago)
hi im addicted to cough syrup
Noah Bailey (6 days ago)
I am also addicted to watching your videos 😄😁😀
Noah Bailey (6 days ago)
I am addicted to; water, yummy food, running sometimes, my tablet, my family's computer, yummy drinks, and getting medicine when needed.
Happey Monster (6 days ago)
would you guys ever do a video on alcoholism?
Josh Zakary (6 days ago)
I think this sends the wrong kind of message. There is a fundamental difference between addiction and dependency. Someone can be dependent on a drug because the are unemployed, depressed, bad job, etc. If they get out of the negative situation, chances are they'll kick the drug completely without relapse. Addiction is much more deeply rooted, and changing ones environment is not the cure. You're sending the message that people suffering from severe addiction for years, only need to make more friends and have more sex. I know plenty of popular people who overdosed.
stringtheoryOW (6 days ago)
Deluxe heroin, oof
GeeZee (6 days ago)
1:14 Morty, what you doin
Skywalker Mapping (6 days ago)
Im addicted to Oxegyn
chocoretto (6 days ago)
I'm addicted to breathing I can't stop
Mayank Singh (6 days ago)
Solution to the problem of my life
Matthew Gordon (7 days ago)
The TED Talk goes over the exact same information, but also includes the legislations passed in Portugal to achieve this effect. Look up “everything you know about addiction is wrong.” Find the TED talk and skip the first 10ish mins. The Portugal changes made quite a difference. (They legalized drugs)
Rafael Alódio (7 days ago)
Rats really dig some cocaine.
JESUS DIED 4 UR SINS (7 days ago)
Thank you. The Lord of the universe came off his throne and came to be with horrible people like you and me, who are consumed by their sin and even though he committed no crimes he took you death sentence on your cross to pay for your sin because he loves you. So that if you repent of your sins, trust and believe in him, you will have new life (heaven) through him and your sins will be forgiven. He will also give you the Holy Spirit to live inside of you (the litteral presence of God) to guide and help you. He also offers you a relationship with him. Please feel free to ask any questions I would love to help😁.
Bloky555 (7 days ago)
yo tbh ive never been addicted. ive been watching anime for at least an hour a day every day since 2012 and not once have i been addicted
Kenny Mays (7 days ago)
I have a point to make when you mentioned that veterans who were doing heroin in Vietnam stopped when they came home. I think they stopped due to the association of that drug to the warfare they were experiencing, if they were to take the drug it would just be a bad experience.
Qui Santewa (7 days ago)
I deal with depression and ptsd. I’ve never been a drug addict but weed helped me cope with the constant sadness. When I didn’t have any and a depression episode came on, I went crazy trying to find something to help with the pain. I can’t imagine being depressed and using something like heroine to cope, and then couldn’t get any. I agree with the video. I think a lot of addicts are self medicating with drugs to help them cope with mental illnesses and then get trapped by the addiction. Not all addicts are depressed or mentally ill. That’s not what I’m saying. We are all just humans trying to make it through life and we all need things to help us cope with the hard times and make life livable and better in general, mental illness or not.
Gilles M. (7 days ago)
I don't think that this concept works for all drugs. For heroin maybe but some people are very happy and consume other drugs with their group of friends, to bond with them more.
Prazol Bista (7 days ago)
That guy Dr. Johann Hari is so smart! He was on the Joe Rogan Experience back in February, episode 1077. He provides a lot of insight about the environmental factors of depression and addiction.
Easily Gabster (7 days ago)
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zachary bryan (8 days ago)
Oh that's why rehab is so nice
ih8ustupid1 (8 days ago)
Actually, addiction is a dysfunction of the reward center between the midbrain and the prefrontal cortex. Dopamine is used as a reward for actions that ensure our survival and reproduction. When an unnatural amount of dopamine is repeatedly released due to the use of drugs, that drug becomes survival. Hence, people completely destroy their lives and continue to use against their will. Substance abuse disorder is recognized in the DSM-4 and DSM-5. It would be a beautiful thing if addiction was as simple as this video makes it out to be. I hope no one believes this disinformation and continues to do their own research. There have been so many breakthroughs in the last 10 years concerning the neurobiology associated with addiction of all kinds.
Adult Onset Diabetes (8 days ago)
Wait what about the ppl who do get addicted to opiates?
О, я на базе этого видео и кучи иной инфы снимаю людей с наркоты на собственном канале, вот это прикол гыгы
Diabolix NeoAdvaitin (8 days ago)
Rick @ 1:15
Nick Wright (8 days ago)
Well republicans wouldn’t agree with this. All they care about is making money from casting people out. But that’s merely an observation
Nick Wright (8 days ago)
Rick Sanchez cameo 1:14
hadil riyadh (8 days ago)
I really liked this video , good job keep going 💙💙
Fr33minded Tv (8 days ago)
Im so glad this information is getting out there
Jan Pasquin Casadella (8 days ago)
Johann hari
FIT and MOTIVATED (8 days ago)
Phone and masterbation are my addiction I use nearly8 hours of phone on an average and masterbate 2-3 times a day which cause burning in my penis
Nawal /ْ79 (8 days ago)
I kiss Donkey ass (8 days ago)
I wonder what would happen if they made a rat park and put the cocaine water and normal water in it then put one rat alone in a cage with the normal water and the cocaine water, since the rats in rat park are around other rats they would choose the normal water but the other rat would choose the cocaine water but what would happen if they put the rat that was alone and addicted to the cocaine water into rat park
King david (8 days ago)
Haha rick from rick and morty
Carlos A (9 days ago)
No wonder I am an addict.
0Tarmy7 Swaeg (9 days ago)
*Well, specifically. You'll be happy if you start loving yourself.*
Jonah Bates (9 days ago)
This is so true like I only smoke when I'm bored and I have nothing to do
but what if you mastered the isolation.
Ömer Yasin Tuğcu (9 days ago)
Subas Katwal (9 days ago)
U peak up very good ideas i am your fan man 😮😮
brianna smith (9 days ago)
Makes perfect sense
Akiraspin (9 days ago)
I think you're being a little generous here saying *all* addicts need our help and not judgement. I've met my fair share of addicts in my time working at homeless shelters, and lemme tell you something friend, in the screaming horde of hungry mouths; a good 10% of them are fucking degenerates who would literally *kill* someone to get high. Saw a dude get literally shanked for *weed* one time, saw a woman stab some guy in the neck with a dirty syringe when she found out he took her heroin. You're giving the pack of animals known as "humans" a little too much credit. Not saying all addicts are bad... but I am saying some are dangerous, and don't deserve an ounce of sympathy.
Blue 913 (9 days ago)
I am addicted to living
VickyVicky 37342 (9 days ago)
I wish i was in rat park 👉👌💗
Fareeha Manaal (9 days ago)
Love this!!!! so true! love this channel!
Abhishek Biradar (10 days ago)
Now I know why I am addicted to internet
Supremej (10 days ago)
This was beautiful
SOUAD ABIDI (10 days ago)
Amazing approach to explain another angle of seeing addiction
Majsbröd (10 days ago)
then how do you explain groups of smokers, groups of gamers? they all have connection to each other right?
Tiep (10 days ago)
Bro I got all my tendons cut off in my foot and I got 1 shot of that good shit. Then they sent me home after surgery and told me to take regular painkillers. I wsih they'd drug me for months
Seaque (10 days ago)
03:40 got me
GameMaster 101 (10 days ago)
best channel ever
Byron David (11 days ago)
Which program does he use to make his videos?
PSYCHO INSANE (11 days ago)
This was a really good insight in to understanding addiction and makes so much sense too.
Vinnie Thompson (11 days ago)
This is a really good video and it taught me heaps
Uravggamer (11 days ago)
Bro,This is life changing
Huyền Nguyễn (11 days ago)
Coppersoldier 992 (11 days ago)
Super Epic X Read the first word on every word
DeadPistolsBrainGerms (12 days ago)
My only question would be what classifies as an addiction. For example, people don't say you have an addiction to TV if you go home and spend a few hours most days to relax and watch TV. Now replace TV with video games, porn, marijuana, or alcohol. Even though there's probably no harm being done by doing those things most days to unwind people tend to treat it as if you're addicted and you have a problem. I think the definition of addiction needs to be more concrete in the medical field.
Aurimas Razmys (12 days ago)
Please say that again... Coacaine???

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