Addicted to smoking, gambling, or sex... old habits die hard. Today, there’s a new generation of dependencies: clubbing drugs, mobile phones... Some of these addictions require new solutions.
We begin in the United Kingdom where heroin and cocaine consumption is falling, but the use of so-called clubbing drugs is on the rise. There is a new type of drug user, and they are taking the health system by surprise. We head to Leeds where a treatment centre has been designed specifically to deal with this challenge.
Next we head to Oregon, home to the worst methamphetamine epidemic in the United States. However, a radical programme is forcing addicts to decide between drug rehabilitation treatments and giving up their children. The early results are remarkable.
Finally, we look at how Requip, a medicine used to treat Parkinson’s disease, has led certain patients to develop gambling and sex addictions. We see what happens when a prescription drug triggers compulsive behaviour.