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This 12-Step Group Meets in the Basement of a Fetish Shop

There are some things you just can't talk about at church-based recovery meetings. So these kinksters created a community all their own.

My Boyfriend Tried a “Miracle Cure” For Heroin Addiction

We were both in recovery when he started talking about getting clean with ibogaine. But we both should have known there is no such thing as a quick fix.

The Veteran Saving His Comrades from Addiction By Embracing Their “Dysfunctional” Side

Once a homeless addict, Army Ranger Michael Rivers is using a million-person Facebook group and a rural farm to change the way we think about vets.

That Time Sigmund Freud Nearly Killed a Patient—and Then Got Hooked on Cocaine

In 1895, the young psychoanalyst tried to treat a young woman’s stomach pains by stuffing her nose full of cocaine. His unexpected failure sent him on a course of drug addiction...

Meet the Podcasters Bringing Alcoholics Anonymous Into the Digital Age

In church basements and community centers, AA has helped people stay sober for 82 years. But is this decidedly old-school organization ready for a brand new spin?

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The New Drug That Glows in the Palm of Your Hand

The Night My Parents Had Me Kidnapped

Two strangers dragged me from bed in the middle of the night and drove me into the woods. But this wasn’t a random abduction—just my ticket to a boot camp for troubled teens.

Angel Dust and Elephant Shoes

After a troubled youth and a fatal shooting, a revitalized ex-con reconnects with the love of his life, but their blissful second chance is destined for disaster.

Graduation Day at Addiction High

My son was caught in a catastrophic cycle of overdoses, ER visits and psych holds. Then a group of fellow addicts set his life back on track—and gave me a new lease on my own.