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Al Jazeera | Bad Habits
We find out how mindfulness is being used to treat a wide range of addictions.
Director: Anson Hartford
Producer: Priya Biring, Dan Boaden
July 2016

Addiction is defined as a harmful relationship with a substance or behaviour.


It is commonly associated with smoking, alcohol and drugs. But as a condition it's difficult to understand.


Do we treat it as a neurological disorder? Or is it a personality trait? And how can we best overcome it, when current treatments for addiction have a relapse rate of about 70 percent?


Dr Farrah Jarral travels to the University of Massachusetts to meet a psychiatrist who is using the power of the mind to overcome addiction

About The Cure

The Cure is an award-winning series exploring solutions to today’s most pressing health problems.


Presented by practicing medics, The Cure takes you on a journey to the frontiers of world health, from cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs to advances in affordable healthcare for those who need it most. This series looks at some of the world’s most intractable health problems and the inspirational people working to find a cure.


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Priya Biring