The incidence of addiction is higher than ever, and drugs and drug use are an increasingly prevalent part of our culture. Yet we seem to lack the kind of knowledge that would help us to understand how drugs affect people and how people become addicted to drugs. This is particularly surprising in the light of the vast amount of knowledge accumulated in the sciences. Psychoanalysis, Rik Loose proposes, is in an excellent position to make decisive contributions to the problem of addiction. By inviting people to speak about themselves, psychoanalysis provides a unique way of collecting clinical material. Coming directly from the addicted subject, this material has great power and relevance.