Gladstones Clinic has always believed that the root cause of addiction lies in inner pain and trauma. Unhealed pain and trauma sets up negative feedback loops and coping mechanisms that express themselves through addictions of all kinds. Drugs don’t cause addiction. The cages we place ourselves in due to unhealthy disconnection is what really causes addiction.

The accompanying short video was compiled from the work of Johann Hari in his New York Times best-selling book ‘Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.’

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