addiction

This thought-provoking show is spread over two floors of a newly renovated space at King’s College London’s Guy’s Campus, exploring addiction through science and art.

The journey through the gallery begins with ‘Natural Born Thrillers’ and invites visitors to test the...

The World Health Organisation this week published the ICD-11 (the International Cassification of Diseases), including Gaming Disorder as an addictive behaviour disorder for the first time...

In 1990 I arrived in London for a ‘gap year’, staying with some friends-of-friends for a few weeks while looking for a job and somewhere more permanent to live. I was young, far from my family and friends, and in those days before the advent of social media it was a lonely...

If we can learn our way into addiction, can we learn our way out again? If the brain changes as addiction develops, forming those neural pathways that deepen with repetition and are difficult to climb out of, then can we develop new behaviours? Form new pathways? In order to...

In the summer of 2016 my wife called my parents to tell them that I couldn’t make a flight. As usual, she was covering for me.

In some important ways though, this time was different. She couldn’t just make a vague excuse because the social and financial cost of my...

Two polarised views of addiction, and the seemingly endless dispute between them, go way back. The ‘moral’ view, emerging from pre-industrial times, is that what we would now call addictive behaviour represents a free choice, similar to all the other apparently autonomous...

At times throughout my career, I have found it difficult to empathise with addicts. In my current post working with looked after children, many of whom come from homes ravaged by addiction, it can be hard to understand how someone can put a substance before the needs of their...

The Royal Institution was the venue for a hilarious and lively discussion, ‘A neuroscientist explains what your head is really up to’. Dean Burnett, author of...

T2 Trainspotting has been one of the most anticipated sequels in the British film industry, not only because Trainspotting was considered a cult-classic, but because we wonder: how can it continue? We last saw Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) in 1996 betraying Spud (Ewen Bremner...

People, Places and Things opens with a period scene of a woman’s disintegration, which feels familiar. It soon becomes apparent that it is Chekhov’s The Seagull, and we are watching Nina, but along...