Addiction in the Family

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"Your daughter Ali has suffered a drug overdose, were the words that forever changed Ramona's life.

Ramona thought she had the perfect daughter. Ali was a highly motivated, bright, and outgoing teenager. She came home by curfew, appeared to do well in school, and seemed happy with life. Ramona had no idea Ali would wait until everyone thought she was in bed before sneaking out to find the party.

Ali was leading the perfect double life, until it all came crashing down, and she suffered a drug overdose. It was then the family learned the truth: Ali was smoking pot, drinking, and using cocaine and ecstasy. Ramona's perfect daughter was addicted to drugs and alcohol.

This is the story of how it happened, the warning signs that existed, and how one family learned to recover together. This look into a family's struggle with addiction is part of TVO's Mental Health Matters series - an in-depth exploration of the state of mental health in our society."

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"I began smoking at age 12 trying to fit in. By the time I was 21, I was ordered to quit because I had a severe case of bronchitis, but I found I was too addicted to give up my addiction."

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