By Irving Cohen
Examines the profile of the addict, the character of dependancy, and explains the curler coaster syndrome that may catch blameless humans. Too many folks have suffered needlessly at the curler coaster of dependancy. Dr. Cohen understands that habit is a robust seize and hopes that individuals will realize that addicts are neither susceptible nor undesirable humans. they're simply those that underestimated the risk they have been dealing with.
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