February 8, 1990 |
Actress Drew Barrymore's story of pre-teen drugs and alcohol abuse, along with her latest attempt at recovery, has been well-documented. What isn't discussed is a family history that most probably destined her for this particularly ugly fate--a father and an aunt who made headlines themselves before their untimely deaths from abuse, and a grandfather, arguably the greatest actor of his generation, who died the same way.
October 19, 1989 |
It's 11 o'clock, Irvine. Do you know where your priorities are? A statistical earthquake--in the form of a survey on your children and their drinking habits--hit your community last week and caused barely a ripple. Where are the yellow ribbons? The bumper stickers? The mass rallies? The call to arms?
June 28, 1990 |
All things--good, bad or otherwise--must come to an end. And so it is with Family Life, which makes its final appearance today. Going on to other things, however, does not mean we're abandoning the stands or the issues articulated in this space over the months.
August 26, 1989 |
I have a friend who began a slide into heavy drug and alcohol abuse at the age of 10. At one point in his early teens, he fell into such paranoia that he spent much of his time in the closet with the door closed and the light off. "I tell you there's something wrong with that child," he overheard his mother tell his father one evening. "It's not normal to be sitting in the closet all the time." "Oh, leave him alone," replied the father.
July 7, 1996 |
A year ago, the 31-year-old computer systems manager for a global drug company in Southern California felt crushing job pressures. He ran a department of 35, answered to bosses across several divisions and sometimes found himself working up to 48 hours without a break. "A major part of the system would crash and we'd be getting phone calls from literally everywhere, demanding systems be brought up," he said. "The pressure was just from everywhere."