An Open Letter To Larry King From Terence T. Gorski
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Published On: July 3, 2001
Updated On: August 07, 2001
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Tuesday, July 3, 2001 Larry King Live interviewed a panel of people
recovering from addiction. His
guests included: Former Texas Governor Ann Richards, actress and
author Jamie Lee Curtis, NFL announcer Pat Summerall, and
the Chairman and President of The National Center on Addiction and
Substance Abuse at Columbia University Joseph Califano among
show covered a broad spectrum of issues related to addiction.
I strongly support Larry King in giving a public voice and human
face to the addiction problem. I hope, however, that he will dig deeper and find the true
story – the conflict between two opposing public policies.
is an open letter that I wrote to Larry King.
Please share your ideas with him and his producers at http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/
Open Letter To Larry King
From Terence T. Gorski
Two million people are in prison today - and two million
is too many. At least 250,000
(25% of all prisoners) are there for possession and personal use of drugs.
Another 500,000 (50%) are there because they committed crimes to
support their addiction. Less
than 12% will receive treatment. Most
will be incarcerated for over seven years.
I believe that your show on addiction was good - but it
could have been excellent if it had been more balanced. It is important for celebrities to publicly acknowledge
their addiction. It is also
important for advocates of the addicts who are poor and under-privileged
to be represented.
Currently America's approach to addicts and addiction is
governed by a War On Drugs Policy.
This War on Drugs Policy is based upon the belief that drugs are
bad and addicts are criminals who deserve to be punished.
The debate over addiction needs to focus on whether this
War On Drugs Policy is good for the nation or if we should return to a Public
Health Addiction Policy based upon the belief that addiction is a
biopsychosocial disease; alcohol and other drugs activate that disease in
genetically susceptible people; addicts need prevention, early
intervention, and treatment programs; and the role of the criminal justice
system should be to interrupt the pattern of addiction when laws are
broken and deliver no-nonsense treatment that works preferably in
community based treatment programs.
Please check-out my website www.tgorski.com
for more information. I've
been training addiction therapists for over thirty years.
The relapse prevention methods I've developed are used in most
treatment programs including the Betty Ford Center, The Caron Foundation,
and Father Martin's Ashley as well as most Department of Corrections
Programs around the United States.
The War on Drugs has become more dangerous to addicted
people, their families, and their communities than the drug addiction that
it is supposedly designed to combat.
Thank you for taking a strong lead in opening a national
discussion and debate.
If I can be of any help, please don't hesitate to call
Terence T. Gorski
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Terence T. Gorski is internationally
recognized for his contributions to Relapse
Prevention Therapy. The scope of his work, however, extends far beyond
this. A skilled cognitive behavioral therapist with extensive training in
experiential therapies, Gorski has broad-based experience and expertise in
the chemical dependency, behavioral health, and criminal justice fields.
To make his ideas and methods more
available, Gorski opened The CENAPS Corporation, a private training and
consultation firm of founded in 1982. CENAPS is committed to
providing the most advanced training and consultation in the chemical
dependency and behavioral health fields.
Gorski has also developed skills
training workshops and a series of low-cost
book, workbooks, pamphlets, audio and videotapes. He also works with a
team of trainers and
consultants who can assist individuals and programs to utilize his
ideas and methods.
Terry Gorski is available for personal
and program consultation, lecturing,
and clinical skills training workshops. He also routinely schedules
workshops, executive briefings, and personal growth experiences for
clinicians, program managers, and policymakers.
Mr. Gorski holds a B.A.
degree in psychology and sociology from Northeastern Illinois University
and an M.A. degree from Webster's College in St. Louis, Missouri.
He is a Senior Certified Addiction Counselor In Illinois. He
is a prolific author who has published numerous books, pamphlets and
articles. Mr. Gorski routinely makes himself available for
interviews, public presentations, and consultant. He has presented
lectures and conducted workshops in the U.S., Canada, and
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