The Pros And Cons Of Drug Addiction

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Without a doubt, drug addiction is a major problem in the United States. When someone is caught with drugs in their position in the U.S. they are punished by getting sent to prison for several years. Drug addicts are punished and made to suffer. This is done to hopefully serve as an incentive for them to stop using. Johann Hari suggests that perhaps our country’s approach to dealing and treating drug addicts is really only hindering them, instead of helping. I will discuss my thoughts about decriminalizing drugs, what the country of Portugal has done in regard to drugs, and finally, I will talk more about Hari’s perspective on addiction. After listening to Hari’s TED Talk, I am perplexed about my feelings regarding the decriminalization of…show more content…
First, I thought he made a great point about addiction when talking about receiving medicine when you are in the hospital. Often times, when someone is in the hospital they will receive diamorphine. Hari explains that this is medically pure heroin. Diamorphine is a lot safer than “street heroin” because those versions are laced and cut with many other dangerous substances that can do a lot of damage to your body. His point from this was that people leave the hospital and are not addicted to heroin and are fine. He is suggesting that our perception of how addiction works is flawed. Also, most people assume that the opposite of addiction is sobriety. However, Hari believes the opposite of addiction is connection. He thinks that people bond to different things. Someone might bond with friends, alcohol, pornography, or heroin. His solution to helping drug addicts is to give them your love and support and let them know you are there for them. Interventions are usually not successful in helping drug addicts because you are giving them an ultimatum by threatening to take away their security of your love and support. I thought this was very insightful and I

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