A fascinating video tells a tale of addiction that sums up in five minutes the experience that all addicts finally come to know. In Nuggets, German animation director Andreas Hykade shows us a hapless bird—a kiwi—cruising along until it finds a golden nugget on the ground. He (why not?) passes the first nugget, but stops at the second one, pokes at it a few times with his beak, and then sucks it up. He turns golden—everything turns golden—and floats into the air, does a lazy flip, and gracefully lands. When he meets the third nugget, he doesn’t hesitate, sucks it up, everything turns golden, and he does a dreamy double flip, but this time he lands on his butt and bounces a few times. Not to worry. Our hardy kiwi now runs to the next nugget, inhales it, has a brief moment of golden flight, then crash-lands stumbling to the next nugget. Each successive nugget yields less pleasure and the crash is harder. Meanwhile, between nuggets, the landscape gets darker and the kiwi gets weaker, until finally he straggles in near-complete darkness to the last nugget, which glows with false golden promise as he contemplates it. And this is the addict’s dilemma—the false promise of relief from the condition that addiction creates. What may have started out to be fun became, when repeated often enough, a trap. When the initial pleasure proved elusive, we chased it with more of the drug. And when the chase took priority over the things that counted—family, friends, school, work, and health—the problems accumulated, and the only solution seemed to be to further medicate the anxiety and depression that resulted. The addicted brain doesn’t know how to reverse this bleak progression. It has been hijacked to seek more of the thing that hijacked it in the first place. Addiction is a continuing process of effect reinforcing cause; over time, it only gets worse. Addiction treatment is crucial in breaking the cycle of dependency. Las Vegas Recovery Center offers addiction treatment, including detox, inpatient and outpatient programs, and research-based, proven methods to promote recovery. Add your thoughts and comments below and follow us on Facebook!