August 1998

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.