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Elizabeth Wurtzel would seem like the kind of person who has it all. A talented writer, a graduate of Harvard, author of the bestsellers "Prozac Nation" and "female dog," she's had a lot of success though only in her mid-30s.
Elizabeth Wurtzel became addicted to Ritalin. She talks about it on her book called "More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction." She says she did not know Ritalin was addictive when she was prescribed it. Wurtzel was prescribed Ritalin in pill form, and then she started crushing the pills and inhaling -- snorting, and that's actually how she became addicted. Because she thought it was safe, she said well, if I take two pills when I'm supposed to take one, that's not so bad. And before you know it, it turns into eight pills, then 16, then eventually taking 40 a day. She was in the hospital for four months to get off it -- Ritalin was to her a huge addiction that eventually extended to other drugs also.
I just started PT too, and I have to agree that I'm a little irked by the number of my classmates who aren't working. It's hard not to be irritated when I struggle to get to class on time after a full day at the office, only to find a class room full of people in shorts and sandals filling three quarters of the room while the shirt-and-tie crowd files into the nose-bleed seats.
These kids have no job, and less than a full time schedule.It's really not fair to put us all on the same curve, but what can you do? I'm happier to have the paycheck. Plus, I get to fantasize about the job interview one day when the interviewer asks and they have to explain that they went part time not because they were working, but just because they were lazy.