Experts question whether we can describe a toxic relationship the way we talk about gambling or alcohol. But some have found that framework to be a helpful step in the road to freedom.
Long sidelined, these narratives are ascendant in the culture, and offer an elastic yet demanding view of what it might take for Americans — and their nation — to heal.
A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive.
People with alcohol use disorder are often seen in clinics and hospitals, but medical professionals too often ignore the condition.
The war on drugs is ending. Now we have to figure out what the peace looks like.
The company faces declining sales and thousands of lawsuits claiming it knowingly sold its trendy vaping products to minors. Soon the F.D.A. will decide whether it can keep selling them at all.
The settlement is the first in a stream of lawsuits against the company, which has been accused of deceptive marketing practices that contributed to a wave of nicotine addiction in teenagers.
Overdoses have surged during the pandemic. Now, for the first time, Congress has appropriated funds specifically for programs that distribute clean syringes and other supplies meant to protect users.
Cures for a disease that mostly afflicts Black people seem near, but may come too late for Lisa Craig, who lives with an agony like knives stabbing her bones.
In “The Devil’s Playbook,” Lauren Etter tells the story of the rise and fall of the start-up that tried to upend the cigarette industry.
In an interview, the creator and star of the Netflix comedy discusses the hazy line between fact and fiction, the value of uncertainty and the joy of finally getting to be a leading man.
The latest numbers surpass even the yearly tolls during the height of the opioid epidemic and mark a reversal of progress against addiction in recent years.
Prof. Carl Hart saw drugs as destroyers of communities. Then he saw the positive side. “We have miseducated the public,” he said.
In a memoir of his vices, Hunter Biden sends a love letter to his brother.
Americans wagered $13 billion on sports in 2019. With sports betting now legal in nearly half the states, experts fear the addiction danger is not being adequately addressed.
I will still have to face it with dignity.
Teenagers are more likely to get hooked on marijuana, stimulants and other recreational drugs than college-aged or older adults.
In “Hooked,” Michael Moss explores how no addictive drug can fire up the reward circuitry in our brains as rapidly as our favorite foods.
The man accused of killing eight people at spas was a churchgoer who told officers he was addicted to sex. Parts of evangelical culture imply that sexual sins are more serious than others.
The suspect, who was a customer at two of the spas in the Atlanta area that were attacked this week, spent time in a rehab clinic for a self-described sexual addiction.
A very promising mental health experiment is taking shape in the West.
Michael Moss’s “Hooked” explores the science of food addiction and the companies that make a profit from manipulating our biological instincts.
Food researchers debate whether highly processed foods like potato chips and ice cream are addictive, triggering our brains to overeat.
The consulting firm has reached the agreement with 47 states because of its advice to drugmakers, including Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin.
“There will be a period of epic withdrawal,” warned one addiction specialist, once schools, activities and social life return to normal.
Substance-abuse centers are shutting and relying on virtual programming, just as more and more people turn to drugs and alcohol.
Some women are seeking to regain control over their alcohol habits after months of laissez-faire consumption.
It was the first time in years that members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma have taken questions publicly, and the exchanges were tense.
It began as a stopgap way to get through the pandemic, but both participants and providers say virtual sessions have some clear advantages and will likely become a permanent part of recovery.
Excessive screen time can be harmful to our well-being, but we can free ourselves from tech’s hooks with goals, rules and boundaries.
“We’re stepping backward from all the advances we’ve made in tobacco control,” one investigator said.
Voters in red and blue states may be in accord on nothing else, but they passed measures to liberalize drug laws.
Three distributors and a drug manufacturer have proposed a deal that a majority of states and negotiators for small governments finally seem to like.
An approach called contingency management rewards drug users with money and prizes for staying abstinent. But few programs offer it, in part because of moral objections to the concept.
Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?
Over a decade I had become adept at hiding the unexplained pain that racked my back and joints.