From the May 1975 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Addiction Has Charms

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Addiction is a way of life. A way of dealing with difficulty; of soothing pain. It's a means of living, as well as a means of escape. Although a surrender, a subjugation, addiction is also a means of engaging life one cannot find or experience otherwise. Addiction may provide the only reason for getting out of bed in the morning and the only place to go after arising. Addiction is a place to go, a place to be at any moment of a life. Addiction is a club open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dues payable on the installment plan.

-- Donald J. Ottenberg, MD

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