5 pairs of people in joyful connections

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s Connection!” -Johann Hari

Ted talk addiction Johann Hari

British journalist Johann Hari has written for the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, the New Republic, the Nation, Slate, and the Sydney Morning Herald. He was a columnist for the British newspaper the Independent for nine years and has received many prestigious journalist awards! He spent three years researching the war on drugs and questioning the ways in which we treat addiction. His 2015 TED Talk, “Everything you know about addiction is wrong!” is brilliant.

Listen if/when you can and see what you think.  In addition to some enlightening research and hopeful results of Portugal’s unique approach to legalizing drugs that are applicable to the current opioid crisis in the US, he’s shedding light on a profound way of thinking that could help decrease violence and improve the foundation of our very existence.

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Health Journalist, Kate Harveston, asks if it takes lawsuits against big pharma and others to wake up to the breadth and depth of the opioid crisis?

I don’t think it has to. As Hari talks about the importance of inclusion and healing our social fabric, consider how properly facilitated improv experiences can be used to teach the ‘soft’ skills people need to form and sustain healthy relationships. Relationships that in turn contribute to healthy individuals, communities, healthcare and other businesses. If you work with groups, the new improv class for leaders and teachers will teach you how to facilitate simple activities you can do with your group to foster connections!