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December 09, 1990

"Kicking a Habit" (Health, by Miriam Schuchman MD and Michael S. Wilkes MD, Oct. 14) is, sadly, another picture of MDs who prefer to label alcoholism and related diseases as "habits" and "drug problems."

I am particularly unimpressed with their summary prescription: "For now, we encourage people hooked on cigarettes, cocaine or other drugs to try to stop using them, through whatever method seems most likely to work: setting a date to stop, joining a group or calling on a supporting family member." I'm sure glad they don't suggest a call to an uniformed MD.

Formal treatment programs, in contrast, offer solid support and the tools that can increase the odds of recovery from these often-terminal illnesses.

ANTHONY L. KRAMER

Thousand Oaks

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