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President -- take -- -- new book call recovered to live kick any habit manage any addiction.
According to Department of Health and Human Services it's estimated at 7% of all the American population is addicted to either drugs or alcohol.
And now would be more than twenty million folks.
Two of those caught in the hellish world of addiction will join us momentarily Christopher Kennedy -- offered.
The son of actor Peter and offered and nephew of president John F.
Kennedy began using drugs in his early teens.
For seventeen years he was addicted to heroin alcohol cocaine before getting clean.
Next month will mark 27 years of sobriety for mr.
His cousin Patrick Kennedy son of Senator Edward Kennedy serve in congress for sixteen years but also a drug and alcohol problems he's now been clean since 2000 -- This now are Christians can you offered who wrote the affirmation book we've covered live and Patrick Kennedy wrote the introduction to -- -- -- -- -- What -- Jews stopped seventeen years a long time of intoxication.
Yes it is I tried for ten years and I tried everything humanly possible to overcome this illness and I did -- at thirty.
It took that long I had desire -- resources and it still took me about -- -- -- -- -- so long your father it was an alcoholic I -- right he was addicted died of alcohol of policy yes roses.
Why did it take you so long to get off the stuff.
I don't know.
You I don't know it's really it's it's that difficult and I think that would be the evidence shows today the earlier you intervene and somebody's life the better chance you have of changing trajectory.
That's why it's encrypt it's important that parents.
Intervene early in their children's lives if there's a genetic predisposition continue think back on.
What time we said look I.
I only do this anymore this is -- my body Emmy and an industry lover goes through the book and -- -- body -- social.
You know relationships with people I was fairly functional bill I went to law school I went to college -- -- -- certification from Harvard Medical School but the point was I was I I.
This disease is really difficult you have to you have to change everything in your life all right but you decided you want to but still couldn't -- That's right.
Do you know why I couldn't stay stopped you couldn't stop -- I I fell like it's I could face a -- take for a little while I could I could suffer a little while nights I'd use again.
And that's this is what's your trigger mechanism well there's lots of traders and there's cravings and there's all sorts of things this is that nature of this homeless -- we'll get back -- -- -- kicked at the moment.
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We're in house you know high pressure job everybody's looking at you which you -- have to time right.
I had a lot of problems mentioning my life and of course if you're an addict you manage your life by consuming.
Drugs and alcohol to help you manage the stress which is trying to didn't some pain or something in here.
No I mean these are you have a physical compulsion and -- -- to.
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