Kicking One Habit For Another

by Zoë Pollock

Kit Eaton tracks a new experiment in Amsterdam where addicts seek Facebook friends in lieu of drugs:

The idea seems to be that by affirming positive images of helpful people in society, and gaining support from strangers--even via the digital medium of Facebook--drug addicts self-confidence will get a significant boos[t] and may help inspire them to quit the drugs. Monica's page sets out the terms and conditions: "Don't be afraid! If you decide to become my friend you will get an interesting peek into my daily life (with a maximum of two posts a day). I will NEVER ask you for money."