Drug Addiction

cocaine, marijuana, meth, opium, heroin, crack cocaine, speed

Fighting drug addiction should begin in the cradle

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I'm a psychotherapist who has worked with addictions for 11 years. I also have an interest and expertise in pre- and perinatal psychology.

I'm convinced that teaching young people the pitfalls of drugs is as good as useless. I've never met an addict who came from a healthy family. Their histories would curl your hair -- physical and sexual abuse, neglect, religious fanaticism, emotional abuse and parents with no time for their children or who abdicated their parental roles.

Addicts don't just decide to destroy themselves for no reason.

Stressed-out lawyers get help to battle addictions

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Lawyers are often portrayed as master manipulators, gunslingers who are always in control while making life miserable for the other side.

But the need to project that perfectly-in-control image leads some lawyers into alcohol or drug addiction, says Michael Crowley, chair of the American Bar Association's commission on lawyer assistance programs.

A day in the life of an addict

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A typical day in Addington House drug-rehabilitation centre is more like a well-run summer camp than a boot camp. But the lack of heavy-handed discipline is more than made up for in intensity. Residents are kept talking, thinking, confessing and cross-examining from dawn to bed-time.

``Believe it or not, prison is easier than here,'' says Phillip, who is trying to shake a drug addiction developed in the prison during a 25-year murder sentence. ``It may look soft here, but it's hard.''

Addictions can differ

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Question: I hear people say that they are addicted to things. What exactly is an addiction? Is there such a thing as an ``addictive personality''?

Answer: Addiction is a word that means many things to many people. Addiction refers to the behavior in which there is an overriding concern with the acquisition and use of some substance. The three main addicting factors include the urge to use (compulsion), an inability to control one's use (lack of control) and continuing to use the substance in spite of the consequences.

BACK FROM THE BRINK

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BACK FROM THE BRINK; Once propelled by drugs, booze and his own popularity, Mark Elliot, ex-Ottawa disc jockey, now says 'I'm healed'

Sex, money and fame came easily when Mark Elliot was Ottawa's most popular disc jockey. So did booze and cocaine. The drugs destroyed his professional success and personal life. He attempted suicide several times. Two marriages ended. His liver was failing. ''I hated myself,'' he says.

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