Chasing the Scream is my favorite book of 2016. To be honest, it might even be my favorite book of all the books. Johann Hari presents a perspective and theory on addiction that can and should be world changing. This perspective turns the war on drugs on its head and proves, with evidence, that the current system is truly broken. Not only does this book do that, but it does it with riveting story telling, and strategies to change said system. Readers get the history of drug culture, including the government role in it all, as well as meet real people whose lives have been impacted by drugs. It doesn't just present theory, but gives you proof of how change can make a difference.
Hari also presents the cause of and cure for addiction, which studies are still catching up to: human connection. This theory has begun to make waves; human connection can cure addiction, just as isolation, or lack of human connection, can cause it. The human experience is filled with possibilities, emotions, struggles, and triumphs. Our culture is addicted to so much, and Chasing the Scream reminded me that it takes connection, work, and changing the conversations to make progress.
This book is chilling, enthralling, exciting, devastating, and mind opening. It is one of the greatest examples of why the human experience is worth reading about.
Catalyst for Change Rating: 5/5
Reading Enjoyment Rating: 5/5
Read this Book Rating: 5/5
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