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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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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.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every year, hepatitis C kills significantly more Americans than HIV. Yet the liver-attacking virus doesn't get nearly the popular respect, or trigger the same fears. That understated reputation will be both a help and a hindrance as the public health community tries to control the spread of the virus. New cases of hepatitis C rose 150 percent between 2010 and 2013 nationwide, and even more in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. By far the highest rates of new cases, according to studies around the country, were among adolescents and young adults who inject drugs - particularly in rural areas.
NEWS
May 9, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Public health officials are bracing for a new wave of hepatitis C infections, one unleashed by the epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction. The bloodborne virus, on the decline nationally until a few years ago, is rising rapidly among adolescents and young adults, especially in white, rural communities. These are the same areas where a devastating epidemic of prescription opioid deaths first showed up over a decade ago, followed by a wave of heroin deaths. Most of the new hepatitis C patients have contracted the virus by injecting drugs, often crushed pain pills.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2015
SO THERE was Andrea McArdle on the stage of the Media Theatre on a recent gray and chilly morning, rehearsing the title song from "Hello, Dolly!" the evergreen musical she's starring in April 22 through May 24. Dressed head-to-toe in formfitting black, her dark-red hair glistening under the lights, McArdle effortlessly sang and danced with the ensemble in the musical's most famous scene. Then she sang a lyric that was, frankly, a little disconcerting: "Look at the old girl now, fellas!"
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Milton Berkes, 90. of Langhorne, a longtime Bucks County Democratic Party chair and a former state lawmaker whose legislation fundamentally changed how Pennsylvania treats addiction, died Friday, April 3, in hospice care in Newtown, Bucks County. Mr. Berkes died of natural causes, his family said. A former Philadelphia schoolteacher, Mr. Berkes led the county's Democrats on and off between the 1960s and 1990s. His friend James A. Michener, the Bucks County author, once called Mr. Berkes the "quickest mind" in the county for his political abilities.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Victoria Mier, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jillian Bauer has seen a lot. A woman who said prison was the best thing that ever happened to her. A man living out of his car who returned to college 18 years after enrolling and finished his degree. An ex-con who was learning to write grants. She was given a storytelling stone by a woman who insisted on sitting Indian-style, swaddled in blankets on the floor. Bauer has seen it all through the lens of her camera, and she's never been afraid to take the shot. Since spring 2014, Bauer, a Temple graduate, has been collecting photos and stories of Americans living in recovery from addiction and alcoholism as part of the Rooms Project, an online multimedia project ( www.theroomsproject.org )
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Though the death rate from drug overdoses in Philadelphia has held relatively steady since the late 1990s, the Pennsylvania suburban counties and all of South Jersey have had such sharp increases in body counts their rates have as much as tripled - putting many on a par with the city's rate, and in some cases surpassing it. The scourge of primarily heroin addiction, which seemed to suddenly gain momentum outside the urban line in the mid-2000s, has...
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
NO PARENT ever dreams their kid will become an addict. If that weren't obvious enough, it lay bare in the despair and desperation on the faces of many of the parents who attended a recent forum about young people struggling with substance abuse. Nancy and Kevin Peter, of West Mount Airy, were panelists at the Horsham Township Community Center forum last week. When it was their turn to speak, Nancy began with an admission that moved other parents to nod in agreement. When the Peters envisioned their only son's life, addiction wasn't part of it. "I suspect it's what happens when a child is suddenly hurt in an accident, or is stricken with a disease . . . parents have to 'recalibrate' the future they envisioned for their son or daughter," she later said.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judge Steven T. O'Neill is used to hearing tales of addiction, depression, and cries for help in his Montgomery County drug court. But Monday's scene, with about 50 well-to-do Main Line supporters coming out to speak on behalf of one young defendant, was unusual. Timothy C. Brooks, 19, of Villanova, pleaded guilty in October to five charges as the No. 2 man in a drug ring that sought to corner the market on marijuana sales at Main Line prep schools. The operation was short-lived and its scope was modest in comparison to its extraordinarily high media profile.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"BLACK OR WHITE" is a movie about race that should have been called "Crack or White Label" for the way it gets lost in subplots about addiction. Kevin Costner stars as Elliot, a wealthy lawyer raising a mixed-race granddaughter (Jillian Estell) born to his now-dead daughter and a black man (Andre Holland) in the throes of addiction. When Elliot's own wife dies, he succumbs to a pattern of alcohol abuse that causes the child's paternal grandmother, Rowena (Octavia Spencer), to sue for custody.
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