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Whitney Houston is the latest celebrity to have died from an overdose of drugs, whether prescribed or illicit. The list of celebrity deaths, whether by suicide or drug overdose is long; Ms Houston is just the most recent. The list includes such notables as Janice Joplin, Marilyn Monroe, Lenny Bruce, Freddie Prinze, River Pheonix, Jimmy Hendrix, Elvis Presley, to name but a few.
A woman tells me that she is pregnant. She is happy and scared. Happy that she is going to have a baby and scared that she won’t be able to control her weight by her usual methods: purging and laxatives. She is anorectic and bulimic. Another young woman tells me that she is getting big as a house from overeating, but she cannot stop herself. She constantly has to buy new clothes, but she is running out of money. She is a compulsive over-eater.
I have been alarmed by the increasing incidence of alcohol and drug abuse, especially among teenagers. Users are getting younger; even children as young as eight years old have been found using various mind-altering substances. This issue of the Psychotherapy Update will be somewhat different from previous issues in that rather than being an essay it will focus on giving you information about the various treatments available for alcohol and substance abuse in the hope that it may help you or someone you know obtain the treatment needed.