Science Gallery London had a recent exhibition on addiction, called ‘Hooked’ (https://london.sciencegallery.com/seasons/hooked) They say:
Is everything we know about addiction wrong? Are the things that get us hooked the things that make life worth living? Do most of us feel the need to fill some kind of inner void? Addiction can be defined as a moral problem, a disease, and even a crime.
We look at addiction as a pitfall of being human, a principle of pleasure, an
avoidance of pain and consider the underlying factors driving our cravings and desires. In a choice environment
encompassing everything from social inequality, genetic predisposition and peer pressure, everyday things
transform into addictive substances and behaviours. Our engagement with illicit drugs, caffeine, alcohol,
nicotine and food, or activities like gambling, work, sex, shopping – even using smartphones – has addictive
potential. When does the balance tip into a harmful cycle and how do we extract ourselves?
So, when does the balance tip into a harmful cycle and how do we extract ourselves?