The addiction habit
Addiction changes the brain but it's not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it's learned – like a habit
Ageing out of drugs
Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?
Should desire be curable?
Passion stabs, unrequited love hurts and taboo desires can torment the spirit. Is it time to fix our love lives for good?
Cutting brings relief because emotion and pain criss-cross in the brain. Can we untangle the circuits and stop self-harm?
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?
Escape from the matrix
The fear of missing out haunts our social networks and our real lives alike. But there is a way to break free
When I stopped smoking weed, my appetite shrivelled and my head throbbed – but it was the dreams that really shook me
Back on the islands of my childhood, I’m clinging to sobriety, searching for a rare bird that’s also on the brink
While one person dabbles in drugs with few ill-effects, another will become a chronic addict. What's the difference?
Gadgets are the first thing we touch in the morning and the last thing we stroke at night. Are we their slaves?
An unexpected fix
Mucking out the pigs together can be just as helpful to recovering addicts as a 12-step programme or medical treatment