But it's also probably not what you're thinking, even if your political ideology is different. Here's a key excerpt from the article:
Professor Peter Cohen argues that human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It's how we get our satisfaction. If we can't connect with each other, we will connect with anything we can find — the whirr of a roulette wheel or the prick of a syringe. He says we should stop talking about 'addiction' altogether, and instead call it 'bonding.' A heroin addict has bonded with heroin because she couldn't bond as fully with anything else.Read that last line again, because it's enormously important.
So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.