On Drugs explores philosopher Chris Fleming’s experiences with addiction, which began when he was a student and escalated into a life-threatening compulsion. In a memoir by turns insightful and outlandish, Chris describes the intricacies of drug use, its impact on the intellect and emotions, and the chaos that emerges as a tightly managed existence unravels into hospitalisation, arrests and family breakdown. Guardian Australia’s Brigid Delaney speaks with Chris about the autobiographic treatise that confronts the pathos and comedy of addiction while touching on religion, masculinity, mental illness and the torturous path to recovery.

Chris Fleming (Australian)

Chris Fleming

Chris Fleming is a highly regarded philosopher, translator, and cultural analyst. He is Associate Professor in Humanities at Western Sydney University and is the author or editor of ten books, including René Girard: Violence and Mimesis and Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid (co-authored with Emma A. Jane). His most recent book is the memoir, On Drugs.

Brigid Delaney (Australian)

Brigid Delaney

Brigid Delaney is a journalist at Guardian Australia who has published three books; the novel Wild Things and non fiction works This Restless Life and Wellmania. She is working on a book about Stoic philosophy.