(drugs) an addiction.
|Savior 7: I mean this was his first hook and...he made it to...the ‘kick factory’ [HDAS].|
(US drugs) ceasing to take narcotic drugs.
|(con. 1930s–60s) Guilty of Everything (1998) 236: That [the death of a dealer] took me off the hook pretty fast.|
(drugs) addicted to a drug.
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 244: Dinch, you get kids on the hook for Buster?|
|Viper 124: I spotted some cats who might have been on the hook [...] human wrecks with blank stares.|
|Teen-Age Mafia 128: For the first week the stuff was free. By then he was on the hook.|