addiction

It is well known that patients with substance use disorders (SUD) and general learning disabilities experience barriers to treatment, have more relapse to substance use during treatment, and drop out of addiction treatment on a larger scale than patients without learning...

This is a one-off programme by addiction specialist Sally Marlow (and – full disclosure – my co-Associate Editor for this section of The Psychologist). Sally is also a Public Engagement Fellow at King’s College London, and this pithy half hour demonstrates why she is well...

Today, we’re going to talk about screen time in terms of three myths, or three misconceptions that you might have, understandably, as a result of media coverage. I'm going to talk about three consequences of how we think about or talk about screen time... and then three kinds...

Felix Van Groegningen’s Beautiful Boy tempts you to search for blame, and blame would make for more comfortable viewing. It tells the story of a father’s experience of his son’s addiction. Neither father nor son are...

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...