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A drug user with HIV/AIDS at Korsang, an NGO specialising in the care of addicts in Phnom Penh, 15 February 2010. Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty

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Poverty and development
Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users

Kasia Malinowska & Bethany Medley

Photo by Stephan Vanfleteren/Panos

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Addiction
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

Marc Lewis

Luis Moure, an ex-addict, pauses in East Harlem, New York, on 5 August 2015. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty

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Addiction
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?

Stacey McKenna

Stop that! The Kiss by Francesco Hayez, 1859. Photo by Corbis

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Addiction
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?

Angela Chen

Photo by Kosuke Okahara

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Addiction
Why self-harm?

Cutting brings relief because emotion and pain criss-cross in the brain. Can we untangle the circuits and stop self-harm?

Carrie Arnold

Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty

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Addiction
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?

Rebecca Ruiz

In the departure hall of Zaventem airport near Brussels, November 19, 2013. Photo by Francois Lenoir/Reuters

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Addiction
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

Jacob Burak

Hashish Smokers by Gaetano Previati, 1877. Private collection. Photo by Getty Images

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Addiction
Missing marijuana

When I stopped smoking weed, my appetite shrivelled and my head throbbed – but it was the dreams that really shook me

Malcolm Harris

The Ring of Brodgar at moon rise, Orkney islands, UK. Photo by Werner Forman/Getty

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Addiction
Night life

Back on the islands of my childhood, I’m clinging to sobriety, searching for a rare bird that’s also on the brink

Amy Liptrot

Opiate allure: most of us use drugs and alcohol to some extent, and it is a slippery slope from socially sanctioned use to addiction. Photo by HG/Magnum

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Addiction
The outsider

While one person dabbles in drugs with few ill-effects, another will become a chronic addict. What’s the difference?

Hanna Pickard

Screen dreams: ‘we cannot afford to believe in magic, or to overlook the effortful divide between us as we actually are and ‘us’ as we appear on screen.’ Photo by Allen Donikowski/Flickr/Getty

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Addiction
Cyborg dreams

Gadgets are the first thing we touch in the morning and the last thing we stroke at night. Are we their slaves?

Tom Chatfield

Windsor Hill Woods offers a constructive retreat for recovering addicts. All photos by Kate Keara Pelen

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Addiction
An unexpected fix

Mucking out the pigs together can be just as helpful to recovering addicts as a 12-step programme or medical treatment

Tobias Jones