Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous have long been the stereotype of kicking an addiction. But a new wave of sobriety start-ups owe more to "lifestyle designers" than a Higher Power.
As we lap up fictional versions of female incarceration on our television — the glamorous inmates in cult hit Orange is the New Black or the grittier Wentworth — an unprecedented number of women are steadily flowing into the blunt brick prisons dotting our nation.
We all experience pleasure differently but problems with our ability to manage or maintain our drive for reward often lie at the root of many neuropsychiatric disorder, writes James Kesby.
Millions of Americans will open newspapers or flick on their televisions today to find advertisements from tobacco companies saying that smoking kills and cigarettes are intentionally designed to get people addicted.
Former drug dealer Jessica sold heroin for a decade, but refused to sell fentanyl after seeing 15 people overdose. The opioid is 50 times more powerful than morphine, and experts say it's creeping in to Australia.
Charlotte Meagher started using Instagram at just 13, and now at 16 feels like every time she goes out she needs to post something. She says the app has changed the way children live their lives.
The media has been going ice mad, but its coverage of the drug has not been showing us the full picture, Matt Noffs and Shelley Smith write.
Thinking of technologies as tools for manipulating mental states might help us tell a story of technology use — helpful, harmful or ambiguous — which compares in its richness to the story of drug use.
By the time Heather Fotiades died, she was obese, barely able to move from the couch and in extreme pain. Once an "on-the-go" girl, her father said she just sat around doing nothing.
She started drinking when she was 13 and didn't stop for 20 years. Now author Jenny Valentish is opening up about addiction, something she says is tailored to men's experience.