'The Opposite of Addiction Is Connection'

One of the best books I read this year was Chasing the Scream, in which author Johann Hari persuasively argues that most people fundamentally misunderstand the nature of drug addiction—how relatively little of the draw is due to the chemicals themselves, even the most powerful ones like heroine. To get a wonderfully distilled version of the book, check out this animation created by a fan:

If you want to listen to a longer version of this argument, Hari did a popular TED talk this summer. And of course for his full argument, buy the book. I compiled a bunch of reviews, favorable and otherwise, here. For instance, Miranda Collinge of Esquire called the book a “fascinating, extensively researched and heartfelt contribution to a debate over drugs policy that continues to rage today”: