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September 30, 2004
I commend Gov. Rendell's declaration making Sept. 27 "Family Day," and his encouragement that parents talk to their children about drug and alcohol abuse. I'd like to offer a suggestion. Given the direction he is taking Pennsylvania, he might want to encourage parents to speak to their children about gambling addiction, too. As the fastest growing addiction among teens, and one not as easily detected as substance abuse (no slurred speech or dilated pupils), parent will need to speak clearly and firmly about the dangers posed from slot machines and other gambling.
NEWS
May 26, 2006
RE THE MAY 18 letter from Karen (Majewski) Waldsmit: I am a certified addiction counselor and about to complete a graduate-studies program. I have worked on inpatient psychiatric, detox and residential units and am currently working in an outpatient methadone program. I take issue with the statement in the letter that "there is an addictive gene"! Several studies since Blum and Noble's identification of the "common thread" have failed to replicate their findings. This misconception of an identified gene to explain this behavior fosters a perspective that exaggerates the significance of genetic research in addiction and ignores caveats and qualifications.
NEWS
April 30, 1997 | By Gerald K. McOscar
I had my first cigarette when I was about 10. My mother smoked Kents and my father smoked Camels, so it had to have been one of those. My parents knew, of course. They didn't approve, but they knew. But smoking was no big deal in the '50s. Besides, they had other things on their minds, such as feeding four hungry boys, making sure our homework was done and dragging us kicking and screaming out of bed and off to school each morning (always with a breakfast of hot oatmeal whether we wanted the stuff or not)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2003 | By Amy Phillips FOR THE INQUIRER
On the surface, Lisa Germano's Lullaby for Liquid Pig (Ineffable/Artist Direct), appears to be a concept album about alcoholism. Lyrics about wine, buzzes and "liquid pigs" float in and out of a woozy melodic haze, and songs such as "Dream Glasses Off" and "From a Shell" feel like the sonic equivalent of a lonely, drunken saunter home in the early-morning fog. But the 45-year-old Germano, who gained fame as a violinist in John Mellencamp's band in...
NEWS
April 19, 1990 | BY MATTHEW WEISS
I am an addict. Though I have heard or read thousands of confessions, sordid histories and tales of redemption over the years, I never expected to hear myself say those four words: I am an addict. One thing I can say for my addiction - it's not a lonely one. It is among the most pervasive, insidious, destructive habits in the world, and chances are that if you're reading this article, you are close to someone with this problem. I became a user at 16. This is when most Americans pick up the habit, although it can strike a person at anytime in his or her adult life.
NEWS
October 29, 2006 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In Rick Pine's third-story office are inspirational messages painted by his mother on slate fragments. The familiar Serenity Prayer, which asks God for "courage to change the things I can," is propped near his desk in the Bensalem manor that for 40 years has served as headquarters of the Livengrin Foundation, a substance-abuse treatment center. For Pine, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit center, inspiration comes from reaching out each day to those whose lives are controlled by alcohol or drugs.
NEWS
July 1, 1990 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Newcombe, former star pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, hasn't pitched a game in 28 years. The only reason he picks up baseballs anymore is to sign them. The 8-by-10 glossy black-and-white photograph of him, looking as if he had just thrown a strike, was taken in 1958. He carries copies in his briefcase to autograph for his fans. Newcombe was in Norristown last week, signing baseballs, autographing photos and talking about alcoholism, which he said forced him to give up the career that earned him Rookie of the Year honors in 1949 and the Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards in 1956.
NEWS
October 22, 1997
If addicts weren't weak or bad, they wouldn't use drugs, right? And some drugs are addictive psychologically, but not physically, right? Both wrong. But these are true: Addiction is a brain disease. Almost all drugs that get abused - heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, nicotine, PCP, LSD - have much the same effect on the same pathway in the brain. Scientists see this as the common factor in why addicts keep seeking and using drugs regardless of the consequences - including prison or death.
NEWS
August 10, 1988 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
One of the most predictable wrongs of spring - apart from the unfounded aura of optimism emanating from the Phillies camp - is the way great comic acting is slighted in the Oscar voting. True, Robin Williams was nominated this year for Good Morning, Vietnam, but he had no real shot at winning an Academy Award. More typically, Steve Martin's brilliant work in Roxanne was overlooked entirely. It's no wonder then that our leading comic actors feel compelled to take serious roles in order to be taken seriously by their peers.
NEWS
March 26, 2007 | By JUDY SHEPPS BATTLE
WHEN MY sons were young, they would take baseball cards to school to "flip" - heads you win, tails you lose, winner take all. Some days they came home in tears because they'd lost their favorite cards. Their father and I would wipe their noses and lecture them on the perils of betting. When they got to middle school, the tears stopped, but I did notice that many days they returned home extremely hungry. I heard stories about poker games in the boys' restroom but didn't give it much thought.
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NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As he runs for president, Gov. Christie is trumpeting rehabilitation for addicts and condemning the war on drugs as a "decades-long disaster. " It's not an approach typically associated with the Republican Party, but Christie balances it by maintaining that dangerous offenders must be locked up. His call last week to replicate New Jersey policy nationally and make treatment programs mandatory for drug-addicted, nonviolent offenders offered voters...
NEWS
July 17, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm a 24-year-old teacher and graduate student. I have started dating a new man, "Winston," who makes me feel incredible. We have crazy chemistry like I've never had before, and our personalities work perfectly together. Here's the problem. Winston is a recovering heroin addict with horrible credit and two felony charges related to having stolen money from his parents when he was desperate for drugs. I know what you're thinking - I'd be an idiot for dating someone like this, right?
NEWS
July 13, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Near the end, after his breathtaking appearance on The Voice - and later, his aching withdrawal from the show - even as he fell deeper into despair and addiction, even as he posed for photographs for fans on the street by day and searched for unlocked cars to sleep in at night, Anthony Riley was singing more beautifully than ever. Originals. Not covers. Songs he could call his own. And not on street corners or in train stations, but in grand rehearsal spaces, where his towering voice echoed through the empty halls, belonging.
SPORTS
July 10, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ON A TORONTO radio station a few days after Mike Richards was stopped at the Canadian border with what several reports indicated was illegally obtained OxyContin, Los Angeles Kings vice president of hockey operations and director of player personnel Michael Futa said this: "You know what? He's the one who has to look in the mirror with regard to his decisions. " And he does. But, as some of you have pointed out since I wrote about the former Flyers captain last week, there should be a line right behind him. Or maybe in front of him. Because - again, as some pointed out - we all need to look in the mirror when it comes to the downward spiral so many professional sports careers have taken after an abundance of painkillers prescribed and/or distributed by team doctors and personnel developed into addiction.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Primed by widespread use of prescription pain pills, heroin addiction and overdose deaths have increased rapidly over the last decade, touching parts of society that previously were relatively unscathed, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Between 2002-04 and 2011-13, heroin use doubled among women (vs. a 50 percent rise among men) and more than doubled among whites (vs. a decline in other races and ethnicities combined). It also went up faster in households with incomes between $20,000 and $50,000 than in those with more or less, and among the privately insured.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE BUZZ around "Heaven Knows What" sounds a bit like a pitch for an organic market: Our heroin-user movie features 100 percent real addicts! And that's certainly true. Directors Ben and Joshua Safdie were researching a movie on the New York streets when they met Arielle Holmes, a recovering addict, and encouraged her to write about her experiences. The memoir was never published, but it did become the basis for the Safdies' "Heaven Knows What," starring Holmes as a lightly fictionalized version of herself.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2015 | GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
The buzz around Heaven Knows What sounds a bit like a pitch for an organic market: Our heroin-user movie features 100 percent real addicts!   And that's certainly true.   Directors Ben And Joshua Safdie were researching a movie on the New York streets when they met Arielle Holmes, a recovering addict, and encouraged her to write about her experiences.   The memoir was never published, but it did become the basis for the Safdies' Heaven Knows What , starring Holmes as a lightly fictionalized version of herself.
NEWS
June 25, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Admier Franklin recalls using so many drugs that he sometimes didn't know what they were. "I did a little bit of everything," said Franklin, 38, of Camden. That was before he entered the drug court program - for the second time - five years ago in Camden County. On Tuesday, upon graduating from the program with 20 others, he had a high school diploma, a wife, and a job at Atlantic Avenue Meats in Camden. And most of all, he said, he was clean from drugs. Stories of recovery such as Franklin's echoed through the packed sixth-floor courtroom in Superior Court in Camden, as each graduate accepted a plaque for fulfilling requirements.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the changed date of the mural's unveiling. A NEW MURAL depicting the path to recovery for Asian-American gambling addicts called "Fables of Fortune" will be unveiled July 1 on Wolf Street near 7th, a few blocks from a trolleybus route to the SugarHouse Casino. "Gambling is a problem across cultures, but some research shows that casinos target Asian-Americans," said Dr. Catherine Williams, program and operations director at the city's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Jane's Addiction leader Perry Farrell is roundly lionized (or plain blamed) for birthing the modern, alternative rock-festival ideal with 1991's invention of Lollapalooza (not so alternative anymore, with McCartney and Metallica headlining this year's fest, but that's another story). In Farrell's creation of Lollapalooza, he forever overshadowed the reason for its inception: to showcase Jane before its first retirement. It was a spine-tingling outfit whose potent impact was immeasurable in its time, and whose 1988 classic Nothing's Shocking was celebrated on Saturday at the Electric Factory.
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