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Addiction expert’s book of hope

'I think it takes a lot of love and acceptance for people to get well'

30 January, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

Patrice Chaplin

A COLLECTION of short stories raising money for people whose lives are affected by addiction was launched on Monday evening.

Patrice Chaplin, an author who lives in Primrose Hill, released One Day: Tales from the Edge at the Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town.

She said: “I think addiction is acutely dramatic – it’s lying in the gutter and saying ‘I don’t care’. I think it takes a lot of love and acceptance for people to get well.”

All proceeds from One Day will go towards charity Northern Bridge Productions set up by Ms Chaplin more than 20 years ago.

Ms Chaplin with the book’s contributors

The charity holds writing and drama workshops and puts on plays with addicts, people in recovery and their families.

“The neurological pathway of creativity and craving are the same,” said Ms Chaplin, who also spends time at Arlington House helping drug users and addicts.

“If you can get someone doing something creative when the cravings are there, before they take drink or drugs, then you’re in business,” she said.

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