The 12-step dogma
The new science of addiction makes 12-step programmes seem like folk medicine. Is the concept of a higher power obsolete?
What were drugs?
The war on drugs was always a war against an idea. But ideas have a shelf-life, too, and this one has lost its potency
A doping manifesto
The rules on doping in sport are incoherent – should we change them to allow the right kind of performance enhancement?
Under the influence
How did enlightenment thinkers distinguish between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’? And how should we?
Bipolar disorder can rage through life like a hurricane. So why does the US healthcare system leave us to cope alone?
A good trip
Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair — and it’s working
When I stopped smoking weed, my appetite shrivelled and my head throbbed – but it was the dreams that really shook me
Prohibition lingers on, but with pocket-sized vaporizers, marijuana users can get high wherever they please
My father rescued me time after time when I was lost in addiction. What kind of father will I be for my new daughter?