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Johann Hari talks about Addiction and how Addiction intervention is usually conducted:

Get an addict, all the people in their life, gather them together, confront them with what they're doing, and they say, if you don't shape up, we're going to cut you off. So what they do is they take the connection to the addict, and they threaten it, they make it contingent on the addict behaving the way they want.

He says that what he has tried to do, and he can't tell you he does it consistently and also he can't tell anyone that it's easy,

is to say to the addicts in our lives that we want to deepen the connection with them, is to say to them, I love you whether you're using or you're not. I love you, whatever state you're in, and if you need me, I'll come and sit with you because I love you and I don't want you to be alone or to feel alone He ends with a profound message:

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.


My conversation is with TOMMY EVANS.

Thomas J. Evans is a Former Union President and AA Sponsor for Over 30 years.

He struggled with alcoholism for many years of his life before he found help in the AA program to begin his journey of recovery.

Today, Tommy gives his support, wisdom and strength to those who walk into the AA rooms such as I did.

His life has been marked by tragedies, he lost my son and daughter in car accidents one year apart from one another, he also lost his wife to cancer.

Tommy’s message is simple yet wise and spiritual, no matter what happens in our lives, we must go on with the strength given by our higher power.


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