Summary of Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

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Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong summary
Tough love is the wrong approach. Journalist Johann Hari discusses a better way to help drug addicts.


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Users of illegal narcotics are criminals, and society punishes and ostracizes addicts. But drug use and addiction rates continue to escalate. Yet when Portugal decriminalized all drugs and, instead, invested in job creation for addicts, addiction rates fell by 50%. getAbstract believes journalist Johann Hari will make you reconsider everything think you know about addiction. Hari suggests a more humane approach to ending the War on Drugs.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What flawed assumptions people commonly accept about drug addiction,
  • Why the War on Drugs is failing and
  • How society should respond to addicts.


To deter illegal drug use, society jails and ostracizes drug addicts. Yet new evidence about addiction dispels this approach. Many believe that a person who uses heroin will become quickly hooked to the drug. But patients prescribed diamorphine, a pure form of heroin, for long periods don’t become junkies...
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About the Speaker

Johann Hari is an award-winning journalist and the author of Chasing the Scream, a book about the War on Drugs.

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