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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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GAMING HUB (9 minutes ago)
I am addicted to porn amd games
Baxter Song (3 hours ago)
Hola, tengo 30 años de edad y llevó fumando marihuana 2 años diariamente sin control al punto de ponerme a vender, expandir esa droga. Este es mi segundo día limpio, ya decidí dejar por completo esa droga y nose si sólo bastará mi fuerza de voluntad pero lo que si sé es que ya no quiero sufrir, quiero ser YO, lucharé por lo que quería antes de volverme adicto. Escribo esto con esperanzas, con decisión, tristeza y miedo al no saber que pasará. estos días.
Ammi White (8 hours ago)
rick and morty
Alden Doble (9 hours ago)
I have to say for the first time I don't necessarily agree with your video. The loneliness factor is purely theoretical. There are plenty of people I know who are secluded and yet have no interest in drugs or anything else with addictive properties. And surely some of those people in hospital receiving diamorphine must be in the loneliness factor, so why don't they get an addiction afterwards? If we're going to be talking theories instead of facts, then I believe addiction is simply down to the way your brain is wired. You're either an addictive person or you're not. That's all there is to it.
GALARDO MADRID (15 hours ago)
Perfect video thamk you👌
fantastic beast (17 hours ago)
Where my cocaine addicts at?? 👌
fufufunii (1 day ago)
Yeah Im addicted to reddit lol
This video é perfect
Erick Guerra (1 day ago)
I think we must see te society too as an importan roll in addictions but still being good video
Pew Ca Chu (1 day ago)
Mücahit ÇELİK (1 day ago)
Çok güzel ya!!
Krystal Myth (1 day ago)
This video might have saved my life...
Maor Vilko (1 day ago)
BUT, you can have a great life, great friends, family, and still enjoy a joint with them...it doesn't take anything away from your life just adds a bit more joy to them!
Jing Jiménez (2 days ago)
The utility of your videos are great. In thinking about learning styles and individual abilities: can transcripts be made available?
Old Bird (2 days ago)
Jail doesn't work anyway.
Ellie Carlson (2 days ago)
that's awesome!!!! BANG ON!
Redding O Silence (2 days ago)
Yay i thought so
Brandon Barnhill (2 days ago)
Wow. I'll never look at drug addicts the same again.
ponytailjones (3 days ago)
Yeah...but the thing is...people on opiates in hospitals DO frequently go home as opiate addicts...in fact it's pretty much the number one way people get addicted to opiates. Then when their prescriptions run dry, they start turning to drug dealers. Most alcoholics I've ever encountered in life were not suffering from a lack of social connectivity, and their addictions were slowly toxifying their relationships. This video is a giant steaming pile of bullshit.
Duy Hoàng Văn (3 days ago)
Iam vietnamese Hello
carlo angelo (3 days ago)
Lol in my country drug addicts and dealer are being killed 😂😂😂
Getapetahome (3 days ago)
The RAT PARK Study has been replicated in multiple large and well-controlled methods at our leading universities, and in other studies outside USA. The only people denying it are the one who benefit from having someone to look down upon, and the ones who profit from locking people up, so they can work for UNICOR and give free labor to the top corporations.
Getapetahome (3 days ago)
How many parents are pressured to ostracize their suffering kids and give them "Tough Love", only for them do die soon afterwards, feeling totally unloved. This creates extreme guilt and sadness for the parents.
Adam Schmedemann (4 days ago)
sick vid
Mangu 96 (4 days ago)
If u bend with ur bed: U call ur friend saying that u can't get rid of ur bed and need him to call the police xD
MadZL (4 days ago)
Slxsher_ HD (4 days ago)
This is a good video n well said
Teresa Homsi (4 days ago)
What about alcoholism? Normally, alcoholism is a very common and surprisingly social addiction.
Ridwan Firdaus (5 days ago)
Couldnt agree more
Whatever you (5 days ago)
Furious Eagle (5 days ago)
Random Novice (5 days ago)
What about smoking Ps: I don’t smoke, but one of my family member smokes EVERY day
yung twinkie (5 days ago)
deluxe heroin 😂😂
tzvi grossman (5 days ago)
this is stupid ...
Laois Ayeetson (5 days ago)
Still the best video ever made
Some random GUY (5 days ago)
I’m addicted to watching your channel
Linked Devices (5 days ago)
Rats are so great
XxMacexX04 (5 days ago)
I love the Rick and Morty reference! Haha Also another great video!
Lugga (5 days ago)
i take drugs but its not because i have a bad life its because i want variety
Galatasaray Sampiyon (5 days ago)
This video shows knowledge is important
DonnieToTheMoon (6 days ago)
planck (6 days ago)
this is beautifully done
Dudu Virtuoso (6 days ago)
But my dad still smoking, what that mean?
poyi1013 (6 days ago)
I wish I can have a rat park like heaven... We no longer connect to anyone.
miguel cloquell (6 days ago)
i am addicted to memes and internet and games and breathing walking sitting eating blinking existing and more :D
Dave Duan (7 days ago)
Pretty strong stuff here Love it
Romner_set (7 days ago)
Im addicted to this channel...
syrine syrinesyrine (7 days ago)
Any source on the stats about the post Vietnam war reinsertions/addictions ?
man (7 days ago)
i am addicted to my homie's pepe
Red Void (8 days ago)
only if i saw this while in health class
S (8 days ago)
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Tri borg (8 days ago)
I'm addicted to... Oreo o's
Like for Rick on the lab
JohnTheBOOK Reviewer (8 days ago)
This video is not based in reality.
Awesome 200 (7 days ago)
JohnTheBOOK Reviewer please stop
kiet phong (8 days ago)
The Vietnam 🇻🇳 war
hassyphobe ta (8 days ago)
Amazing man,i give hate comments but not to you buddy cause you actually deserve a like and subscription
Sam Production (8 days ago)
What is reddit
Phat Tacoz (9 days ago)
I have always enjoyed this channel more than the infographics. Infographics just uses bizarre stories that sustain our lust for tragedy and death (if they were a movie company, serial killer videos would be there marvel movies), while this channel talks about how we can move forward and heal the human race, while also provoking questions to help solidify people's philosophical stand point. Thanks Kurzgesagt
Tetsuo The Robot. (9 days ago)
this is a TED talk verbatim from "Everything you think about addiction is wrong" by Johann Hari. This is strikingly similar almost to the point of being plagiarized. SHAME.
Tetsuo The Robot. (9 days ago)
actually nvm i saw the description, but its very similar to his TED talk.
Riikan Lee (9 days ago)
I was taking prescribed oral morphine sulfate(~120-300mg daily for about two months), and nothing like addiction happens. Withdraw taken 4 days but not too different from typical fever. I don't even understand why a happy person would addict to a drug brings nothing joy BUT dumber sensory and HELL of cons**pation.
konark gupta (9 days ago)
Very helpful... thanks
Kaizoku (9 days ago)
i spend most of my time alone and i don't mind. i am not heroine addict or anything.
James Wagley (9 days ago)
Who also saw Rick from Rick and Morty?
Gisley Alves (10 days ago)
It makes all sense! This is no bullshit
David Bater (10 days ago)
pretty optimistic
Mcdonald Mpundu (10 days ago)
It’s that Rick from Rick and Morty
BackFromTheDead YT (10 days ago)
If almost everything we know about addiction is wrong how do I know your right?🤔
Can't Beat The BAY! (10 days ago)
This is so on point.
NInjacookie35 (11 days ago)
Yeh. I always have watched porn when feel so boring
James Hill (12 days ago)
karuna pathania (12 days ago)
Very interesting video...completely true
Lantern Noob (12 days ago)
*has vietnam flashback*
Aaron Farner (12 days ago)
i like. that you put rick init
kritam shrestha (13 days ago)
U have great way of explaining things so, Bro can u explain what is love
Zapy (13 days ago)
This is so true
Iamsoup (13 days ago)
Okay, I'm not trying to be difficult, this is a genuine question based on personal experience. I have dealt with addiction, but I was still maintaining healthy relationships, I was happy and there wasn't anything traumatic going on. Nothing was wrong other than the addiction, which I hated having and to this day refuse to go into detail about. If being in a safe, stimulating and loving place ends the need for addiction, then why didn't it work for me?
Flying Dude Commentart (11 days ago)
Iamsoup Same here, were an addict too, albeit not a physical addiction. Thinking back at it, I’m pretty sure it was out of sheer boredom plus a desire to adventure, minus the money needed too actually do something exciting. I were horribly impulsive in my late teens/early 20s and thus had a hard time recognizing that long term goals yield a bigger payoff than short term pleasure. Legit hedonism led me astray.
mgrosner99 (13 days ago)
It doesnt take a phd to discover this thoug
Gary McSpadden tech (13 days ago)
I find it interesting that the current opioid addiction coincides with the increased rate of suicides that are occurring. Many of those suicides are from overdose.
Alex Cambraia (13 days ago)
Correction: Heroin is two to three times stronger than an equivalent dose of morphine. Correção: A Heroína é duas a três vezes mais forte do que uma dose equivalente de morfina.
Damian Nuggets (13 days ago)
I am aware that this is a bit of an older video, but it seriously got me thinking, and I just really need a way to convey this idea: The way that addiction works seems to be the same way as depression does, and the worse people are treated overall the worse it becomes. So, do addiction and depression work the same way? Are chemicals associated with depression the answer to this? Can anyone help me?
Chapman Pagel (13 days ago)
Is anyone gonna point out that rick was in the video?
Creebot The Great (14 days ago)
Love is a good addiction
THỊNH LƯU QUỐC (14 days ago)
Can people be addicted to learning ?
Kaleb Alls (14 days ago)
Life makes sense now
frederick ang (14 days ago)
This vid has 16 million views
frederick ang (14 days ago)
Storry Boy (14 days ago)
I found a tardis
Aditya Antwal (14 days ago)
I have decided to live alone my whole life, because the girl I love simply loves someone else. I'm not that handsome 15 year old. If there's anyone who would love to talk to me pls I'm waiting 🕒❤
Buddlebot (15 days ago)
Joseph Stalin (15 days ago)
This is where I always end up at 3AM
I'm 21 and badly addicted to opiates and heroin. I want to get off the shit so bad.
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Aditya Antwal (13 days ago)
Rip X Rip Lil Peep Rip Fredo I don't have people to talk to, but I'm strong enough to control myself only sometimes. So I would love to talk to you. Instagram? Facebook? Whatsapp?
Aditya Antwal haha, why?
Aditya Antwal (14 days ago)
Rip X Rip Lil Peep Rip Fredo I would love to be your friend
Reginald Uy (15 days ago)
You're life isn't fucked up because you turned to drugs... You turned to drugs because your life is fucked up.
Karl Scheel (15 days ago)
I am puzzled by what is stated in this video. If indeed, "the opposite of addiction is connection", then why do rock stars so frequently become addicted to hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin? Aren't they among the most connected people on Earth? What form, if any would their so-called "cage" take?
Aditya Antwal (14 days ago)
Karl Scheel they don't love the people they take part in front of, they are not really interested. I don't know whether all rockstars are drug addicted though. They need a family member. They just want to live somehow. They aren't at all happy
Ili loly (15 days ago)
*Fortnite addiction*
You Tube (15 days ago)
midas617 (16 days ago)
Jacob D (16 days ago)
In the UK, diamorphine is frequently frequently used, in the US, diamorphine equivalents like hydromorphone (dilaudid) and oxycodone. Still, hydromorphone is 4 times stronger than diamorphine (heroin), and oxycodone is close, and both act in the EXACT same way. So almost everyone who's ever been given a pain med has either used heroin or something extremely close to it, many of whom are strongly against heroin, because of their ignorance. And you see in the hospital setting, with clean IV needle use, clean pure drugs, and appropriate dosing, that almost no complications arise - no infections, no overdoses, no collapsed veins, no addiction, nothing. Thus, the only logical conclusion is that ALL of the negatives of illegal street heroin use/addiction is simply because of it's illegality, not the drug itself. In actuality, opiates are some of the safest drugs there are, safer than almost all pharmaceuticals (like SSRIs or stimulants or benzos). By themselves, they have absolutely zero toxicity to any organ, they have an incredibly high therapeutic index, completely safe withdrawal (while benzo withdrawal can kill you), and slow/safe tolerance increase. It's time the rampant opiophobia ends, NOW. The best way is by dispelling the decades of ignorance governments have been propagandizing people.
Jacob D (3 days ago)
Yes, there is a dose that would still kill an addict, a dose no addict would ever dose, because not only would it be outrageously high, but it wouldn't even get them high, and they'd know that. Addicts really only die when they don't know the exact dose they're getting.
Son of Jay (4 days ago)
Jacob D true but there is still a dose that will wipe out a persons respiratory drive. I’m with ya’, decriminalizing drug use is a great idea. But, it is very difficult to expect a full blown addict to use responsibly. It is counter to the basic fundamental behaviors of a drug addict.
Jacob D (4 days ago)
Addicts grow a tolerance to respiratory depression, that's why some people in hospital settings require a gram of diamorphine a day for normal effects and suffer no respiratory depression, or why a fentanyl addict can reach ridiculous levels of use (50mg a day) and suffer no lethal effects. The tolerance to respiratory depression grows at the same rate as tolerance to other effects. Yes, sometimes those who quit and then re-dose die because they don't realize their tolerance is much lower, but the way to fix that is to make sure people are educated (which the war on drugs stops), stop the culture of making people quit who aren't ready to quit (which leads to relapse down the road), and readily available naloxone (which completely removes overdoses from the equation because it's an instant fix, unless the person is dosing alone).
Son of Jay (4 days ago)
Jacob D yes you are correct in that it doesn’t harm organs and/or the body in general. The problem is that opiate addicts take more and more of it to get high, and if they take too much they may suffer a lethal overdose. Or, a recovering addict who relapses and takes the same dose they took before quitting. They die because they don’t have a high tolerance secondary to their abstinence. The killer is respiratory depression.....they stop breathing. And yes, patients do leave hospitals addicted to opiates. I’m recovering, 4 years, worked in healthcare. Too familiar with this topic, unfortunately.
Aditya Antwal (14 days ago)
Jacob D cool
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