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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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Kshitij Raheja (1 day ago)
I personally think i was given hope
UNKNOWN GAMER (7 days ago)
I would love to know where all the information from the video come from. pls. send me the sources.
Jason Jackson (8 days ago)
Thank You Johann Hari!
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hannah villa (10 days ago)
dennis kibrik maybe because,only smart people watch this channel.and there are only few smart people.
theballistiks (1 hour ago)
I play every day but i dont have nothing to do, when i dont game the things that I do are boring as fuck: Talking to people, reading, etc, it doesnt feel as good/ pleasant, exciting as gaming, playing videogames makes me feel right, but i waste my life, i just dont know what to do, I dont have friends, 0 friends, im not very introvert but i feel like i dont belong in this world when im talking to people, also this: I dont talk to all the people because I think that i will molestar. Im 18 yo spent all my life playing videogames, the thing is that I can stop whenever i want but the real life seems way more boring and uninteresting, also I have a problem where I dont know if I can be my full self because im a open person but I also talk too much so I can be kinda mediatic because i just like to be like myself, I like to be with interesting people, I like to talk a lot, but the thing is that when I stop gaming and return to real world im nobody, I know i can build my life, I know but something deep inside me there is a fear of living my life, to explain this: Im scared of living my life without knowing anything of what is going to happen, is like I need some sort of instructions or writings to know whats gonna happen, im like very scared in that way, also the thiing of me is that im very sensitive/emotional. Also my selfsteem is based on how I look like or feel about my appereance, the thing of this is that I dont really know if im ugly or goodloking, I had classmates in my highscool telling me EVERYDAY that I was ugly, me myself I was doubting, so when they call me ugly EVERYDAY and nearly EVERYONE it becomes so bad this feeling that I feel that if im trully ugly I should not talk to anyone because im disgusting looking, because my eyes are bigger than usual and my nose is long, me myself I feel this way because everyone around values looks way more than it should be. Also making friends is kinda the opposite of motivating because when i see so many fake people around me I just cant have any friends because of this, I just dont wanna be with someone who is not respectfull, who is focused on being stupid/lazy, I dont wanna be hurt because I feel very bad about it, I dont know how to handle the sword that someone could stab to me in my chest if I start to make friends, I just cant live in this world, I feel like I dont belong here, people are so damn interested in stupid things, everyone is looking and their phone, me included, but i just wanna be friend with someone that is a good person, I feel that I cannot trust anyone because im weak, my mood is not good because all of the causes that I said before, I just wanna be friend with someone that could underestand me all of this things im just saying, saying this things to anyone is very bad because they will know all my weaknesses and I will be sad, so I dont know, I just feel strange right now, also I think that living the typical life of having a gf then marry her, then having children is very boring because its the typical thing, maybe im wrong because its just hard to find the right person, when everybody around me is so focused on herself, I just wanna be good with myself, but the human brain need social interaction so thats why im in bad mood, so yeah, if you read this I hope you can understand me because I dont know I just feel very strange, and out of this world, I just feel that the way is going the world is way too fast, people are working way too much in my opinion, having friends nowadays (real ones) feels pretty damn scary because of what i said later. Bye, and yes this is my diary.
Colin Davy (2 hours ago)
How dumb do they think we are? There's an opiod crisis right now. And they're telling you not to be afraid of opiods?!
Domimick Solerix (9 hours ago)
Very good video.
Chandler Bing (10 hours ago)
1:51 sounds like heaven to me.
Muratib Mike Fatah (14 hours ago)
The opposite of addiction is connection !
Helena (17 hours ago)
i was thinking about this the other day and its so true
Carmina Elizondo (18 hours ago)
This makes me more addicted to your channel. Lol
The Irish kid (21 hours ago)
Amen to this video
Adrian F (22 hours ago)
Jayden Brown (1 day ago)
Nice video
di mention (1 day ago)
Rat Park > Vietnam
confortably erratic (1 day ago)
The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. Well said!
DEATH (1 day ago)
i have been wondering for a very long time...what about people who do drugs for fun?
Mcroft Liang (1 day ago)
If everything we knew about addiction is wrong that means this video is wrong.
Ok i am not sure why this video got unlike
Tech Solutions (1 day ago)
Loads of sex😂🤣🤣🤣
Triqz_ Official (1 day ago)
My addiction is eating lemon🍋 hot Cheetos 👌👌🏻👌🏼👌🏽👌🏾👌🏿
Melissa Medrano (1 day ago)
My like
Very true. In Korea I was a lush. Here, HELL NO! There's no free drinks, club fees are you kidding me, everything was safer, sex was safer, no fears of being raped or robbed. You could leave a phone, purse or camera and get it back the next day. Not saying it didn't happen to others. But very rare. Alcohol was just apart of culture. In a good way.
Rick Sanchez (1 day ago)
Gonna take down this video for that copyright infraction 1:13
Jake (1 day ago)
Nicci BigBird (1 day ago)
I like this explanation. Understandable, with reliable sources. And also offers a solution...Will society follow? Probably not. Can we do something about it? All we can do is try.
Epic Turtle (1 day ago)
s Jones (1 day ago)
i've been given fentanyl after my operation was ok not bothered to take it again.
Too much Unfortunates cause that for sure..like me
gaming point (2 days ago)
Mabok Kapal (2 days ago)
People Indonesia viuw this Video
Risky Lugs (2 days ago)
I have been doing heroin for almost 8 years and I haven't gotten addicted...
Pre Kid (1 day ago)
8 years you say. "Not addicted"very much NOT makes sense
Hend Mousad (2 days ago)
WhyIt (2 days ago)
I do all of those coping mechanisms except cocaine. But I do them with friends, so that makes it okay!
Zhehao Zhang (2 days ago)
Tomás Turbado (2 days ago)
0:58 yeah, at least some of them become addicts to heroin because they first became addicts to legal opioids
Dip Mations (2 days ago)
Who else saw Rick from Rick and Morty
Daniela Vega (2 days ago)
Damn this is sad🤔
Jakethegoodgamer (3 days ago)
"And they could have loads of sex" LOL
BRUCE U (15 hours ago)
hAHAA hE sAiD *S 3 x*
addicted gamer (3 days ago)
2:00sex is also a drug
Shizzle Pops (3 days ago)
I’m addicted to dogs
Ryan Kelly (3 days ago)
I want to try hospital heroin
Witch Hunt (3 days ago)
oh geez, the points in his video though.. we need not to focus on the thing we use to make us happy that makes us so called 'addicted', but we have to focus on the connection with the people around. the point with the imprisoned dude though.. hes put isolated there and the people around him makes the situation worse, slowing down his recovery from the usage.. sorry if i dont use the right words for this, i just cant express how good this is.
Yu Tiub (3 days ago)
Well.. i think there are many ways to stop someone from taking drugs. I stopped, because of many reasons.. some are, that i wanted to have that "clearer" mind. I tried for a long time, but was alone with that wish and nobody was able to support me. Then the point came, where i noticed, that nobody i know.. yet.. WILL support me. Duh.. I also have depression. There came the point, when i knew something had to be done. Some people might habe already given up "in my case". But i dont think, that is what i have to do, or feel, that it is what i want to do. I want to be able to help and to love i guess, though i am disgusted by the people, who made my world how it is now. Have fun, bit**** PS: still a good video, though some points are untold..
Xaio-Xen (3 days ago)
How do I break my addiction to air?
ryan hamilton (3 days ago)
4:00 he says "has" 2x
Andja S (4 days ago)
being addicted to heroin or porgnography, there must be a difference in how your body reacts to it.
ur gonna love my nuts (4 days ago)
This channel is so addictive
SubaGaming (22 hours ago)
They kinda taste like nutty chocolate and i like chocolate
SubaGaming (1 day ago)
I love your nuts can i have some?
sour grapes (4 days ago)
I think that it isn't only the bond, but also that the bonds must be meaningful with the potential to be lifelong. I didn't actually quit smoking until my partner and I had been together for years and I realized that if I wanted things to stay long-term, I would need to be around to take care of him.
FBI (4 days ago)
I need a fucking battery I need to get dabed
crowntotheundergroud (4 days ago)
I'm a recovering heroin addict. I was also shooting up speedballs and meth. There would be no way I'd ever recover without having friends (online on discord, and in real life). Now I'm focusing on persuing women and my urge to use has dropped so significantly, I dont even smoke cigarettes anymore. I didnt have a strong desire to quit. I really really wanted to shoot up heroin and cocaine every day for the rest of my life. I started getting suboxone treatment and started hanging out with my friends again and I didnt even have to fight an urge to quit. I've managed to get off suboxone and am taking classes and have left right off from where I was before I started using. It has been 2 years since I've used drugs other than occasionally smoking pot. Smoking weed is pretty harmless though. Just sharing my experience!
Arthur Fagumdes (4 days ago)
You save my future
Zephnir Hoodsmash (4 days ago)
Sadly, suicide is also an addiction, until the very bitter end. Sometimes drugs arent the way. Because it's a fantasy, Games are better that way... For those who drown, I hope the best for you.
Uchiha Itachi (4 days ago)
Si existen personas que se volvieron adictas por la medicación
N. H (4 days ago)
sorry for my english i'm french. So, this video don't talk so much about physical and chemical science but on philosophical and sociological plan. Well, let's analyse your point of view. your ideology is to say that loneliness, associability induce a certain tendancy to try some drogs and perhaps become addict. Then, instead of punishing them we have to reinsert them in society. I don't fuck with psychologism because it's just the science of ignorants, we can talk about existantialism for hours. The only thing you do in this video is to psychoanalyze the individual, the criminal. You just do like Victor Hugo, you just clean up the crime commited by the criminal and you make him a victim of "society". No, he is victim of his own ignorance and decadance. "Society" don't have to pay for dummies and she's not responsible of he's INDIVIDUAL problems. And I don't understand WHY loneliness is the major vector of addiction. Sorry but the boredom is for me one of the biggest cause. Like Pascal said "Human always try to flee boredom by devote in entertaining and generaly useless activities." If those activities are in conflict with autorities we can consider them like deviants so they have to be punished. And if those activities are legals, no problem. That's all, it's not up to you to choose is they are in a bad mood and if they are,we have to intervene.
Just Dave (4 days ago)
Make a video on vaping
Reddit hhhhh they list it in unhealthy bond hhhhhh
SlyPanther (4 days ago)
There is also the neotribalism theory that states humans were not meant to live with thousands of other humans. If you do not belong to a tribe (20-50 people) you will be sad.
SlyPanther (4 days ago)
Damn that hit deep
yeah good luck with the society we have now
lmao kia (5 days ago)
*Lot of wtf?*
Phoenix Griffin (5 days ago)
I'm addicted to my computer XD
The gaming fish 13 (5 days ago)
Sobriety more like Society am I right haahahahahahhaha
Peter Gould (5 days ago)
great video except a small oversight - you make it sound like giving opium derivatives to recovering patients is relatively safe, however we`ve been a huge increase in heroin type addictions recently caused by those pain killers, the truth may lie somewhere in between.
Paul Lee (6 days ago)
This video sounds like a regurgitation of the Ted talk on addiction.
chris (6 days ago)
so Kazatzakis was right..
Funnyeeeessss (6 days ago)
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Kris Silver (6 days ago)
So if you quit on the 20th day you won't get addicted? ~sarcasm disclaimer~
Francesco Mazzi (6 days ago)
Addiction to drugs is part of human nature. So is making fun of junkies. How else can I feel superior to someone?
Billy Shannon (1 day ago)
I am a recovering cocaine (and everything else) addict. The love that I have gained from my family and new friends has helped me stay clean for 10 months. I still want to use but the feeling I get from being supported in my recovery are stronger and my need to wash away all that I have worked for by chemically changing my feelings, hurting those that I have regained so much trust with. This video is not the full story, but it is giant part of it.
FierceFX (6 days ago)
The comment below me has an addiction
Dennis Eggert (6 days ago)
After watching this video i feel like i was exposed :(
Robloxporn (7 days ago)
Nah, I don’t watch porn and jerk off because I’m addicted, I do it because I want to cum
I'm addict so suffering, is that good?
Nuckled t (6 days ago)
it can... but u must do it like meditation .
No Name 10 (7 days ago)
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beeeros luka (7 days ago)
O shit , we nead to make a human park
TheShyGuy (7 days ago)
No you
Jerard Isidro Araza (7 days ago)
Mikail Imthiyaz (7 days ago)
I watch YouTube when I am bored, but when I see my friends...I throw (not literally) YouTube away or we watch something together , with drugs it's the same thing, though we probably don't drug together.
Ryan Kelly (3 days ago)
I do drugs with friends and don't do them alone
Nuckled t (6 days ago)
so true.. I just relapsed after 3weeks of youtube fasting and not drinking because of boredom.. so sad
jjprs 306 (7 days ago)
Person 1:STOP TAKING REDDIT person2: sorry...i...just..can't....help myself! person2:**overdoses on reddit**
khandoker alvy (7 days ago)
Why this is my recommendation 🤔 in YouTube 🤢
Nabeel Khan (8 days ago)
It hurts more to think that you *can* do something about it but you're not...crap.
Nabeel Khan (8 days ago)
I've been thinking about this being obvious till now..I didn't even know that there was a myth of heroin being addictive because of it's chemical combination..
Zytyk Clppw (8 days ago)
I'm too ugly (3-4/10) to have friends, I always was lonely. I have a good job and a lot of money, but food and tv shows is only things that make me happy. So what I have to do?
No Face (7 days ago)
+Zytyk Clppw good luck bro!
Zytyk Clppw (7 days ago)
+No Face ye, it's a good idea to find Social group at first, u right.
No Face (7 days ago)
Immerse yourselfs in tiny communities like, say you like cars, go and find people with the same liking as you i know its really hard but there is good people out there. After you find your tiny social group start expanding etc make it a hobby notm a job :D hope you dont get lonely anymore
Ryu Bullet (8 days ago)
What about Japan? Japanese people???
XJRD22944 (8 days ago)
Awesome content 👍 I just spent a solid 45 minutes watching your videos and this one really hit home.
Mehdi nisrullah (8 days ago)
Why is rick there?
Lynsie Fike (8 days ago)
Morphine solution was given to the rats...
Megan Williams (8 days ago)
Rick 😂😂😂
Sebas Alink (9 days ago)
3:24 thats me :( but how can i make connection when feeling sad and down all the time?
serbia strong (9 days ago)
Nofap took me here.....
TheyCallMeJuggernaut (9 days ago)
SPEECH 100 1:55
N G (10 days ago)
what about the person that comes from a nice stable happy home and becomes addicted to heroine? If addiction is reliant upon environment then whats the explanation for these people?
Mustafa Fasil (10 days ago)
Oh it's simple! I only need to find nice people!
Derino (10 days ago)
3:00 in case anyone needs to add to their "Kurzgesagt but with no context" collection
Nguyen Nghia (10 days ago)
Việt Nam
HëyÏtš Lēsly (11 days ago)
A dick Ted
rakshann series (11 days ago)
Thanks kurzgesagt
Seweryn E. (11 days ago)
Omg you're right.
Expo Stick (12 days ago)
CDMGamerboy (12 days ago)
EarlGrey (12 days ago)
Interesting concept, but it's not that simple. Addiction basically is the inability to stop a behaviour despite knowing that it's not beneficial. Simplified you can say that you get addicted to something when it creates a stronger stimulus than you brain has evolved to handle. This stimulus creates a memory, which in turn creates desire to repeat the action that caused the stimulus. Welcome to addiction. But how much of a stimulus you need to trigger addiction is dependant on many factors. Chemical hooks being one of them. But there is also the environment the person lives in, their genetic disposition, mental and physical problems (or strengths).. it's impossible to narrow it down to something so simple as "chemical hooks" or "it all depends on the environment". Reasons for addiction are complex. The solution isn't. In theory. In pratice it's insanely hard. Physical addiction.. sure. You can go to rehab and you're rid of that. But the mental addiction.. you can never completely get rid of it. Even after 10 years of being clean.. there will stil be 30% of that voice remaining that constantly tempts you and keeps trying to drag you back into using. Once you're addicted.. it's a life long struggle that never ends. You will never be completely free again. I absolutely love the ending statement tough: The opposite of addiction is connection. That is absolutely true.
smile plz (12 days ago)
It's not chemical , it's our cage which stop us .....great

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