In his brilliant TED Talk Johann Hari explains eloquently why he believes the mainstream thinking about addiction to be wrong. Rooted in disconnection and lack of solid bonding, addiction, viewed in this light, becomes an adaptation to the environment reflecting sharply the addict’s struggle to be present in their often difficult life. And so the healing for an addict lies in reconnection, in rebuilding a safe supportive environment for a person to thrive in, to live a meaningful, purposeful and connected life.

Systemic constellation work offers a beautiful methodology to do exactly this: to reconnect an individual back to the full context of their origins, history and life, so as to create and reinforce a deeply connected way of being, supported by the various human systems to which they belong.