Anyone can have problems with drugs or alcohol, and there is no reason to delay recovery simply because you don't want to call yourself a drug addict.
In this issue, we get the big thrill of seeing celebrities prove that they are just as screwed up as we are, that medicine has made more breakthroughs in understanding addiction, that politicians are still living in the past when even Jethro Tull could tell them that they are thick as a brick when it comes to the absurd "War on Drugs" -- the war on youth, minorities, and the medically ill.
Gambling addiction is a sure bet for coverage in this issue, along with highlights of the REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL, and the thrilling announcement that Writers in Treatment is offering five scholarships to the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders.
Meanwhile, in Nevada, gambling headquarters for the West Coast, marijuana may be the new cash crop! Sober moms offer good advice, rehabs beckon those who want recovery now, and 44% of college kids prefer driving stoned on pot. That may or not be a good idea, depending on whom you consult. A study in Washington State in the 1960's -- not widely promulgated - showed driving concentration improved when the driver was on pot, rather than being impaired. It was probably not the pot, but the paranoia.
So, get ready for news you can use and opinions that won't drive you to drink...courtesy of Writers in Treatment...I'm Burl Barer, member of the Writers in Treatment Advisory Board, and I take personal responsibility for anything I said that you don't like. Hey, it's only life, and you can handle it.