It is well known that the lack of a strong community is a primary reason for failure in long-term recovery programs. Having a strong community is not only good, but also essential to achieving success.

In The View from Rat Park by Bruce K. Alexander, this necessity is emphasized with real empirical research. Johann Hari spoke at TED in London about the study and what he discovered after traveling the world to better understand addiction. It’s well worth 15 minutes of your time to watch the video. It will change the way you think about addiction!

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Dr. Gala Gorman holds advanced degrees in human development, is a holistic life coach, and published author of the Spiritual Approach™ series of books focused on practical spirituality. She co-founded RecoverYES to support the specific needs of people dealing with addiction.