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Addicted to His Job

By: Matt Robinson – Our Town Brookline

Published: June 2005

This is the first in a four-part series about addiction and its treatment. The series highlights the work of Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, addictionologist and founder of the National Library of Addictions in Brookline. Subsequent installments will appear quarterly in Our Town Brookline.

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Tucked away in the basement of the Brookline Public Health building on Pierce Street is a library unlike any other in the world.

Surrounded by glass-fronted metal cases filled with all manner of medical journals, handbooks, and other publications, artwork from his native India and his adopted home (including a photograph of himself with Celtics Captain Paul Pierce), and clippings touting his pioneering work in the field of addictionology, Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore sits behind a glass-topped wrought iron desk, checking his animated pager, and going through the scores of requests for advice and assistance he receives every day.

For over 10 years, Kishore has manned this one-of-a-kind library as the foremost expert on the history and treatment of addiction. It is lonely work at times, but this is its nature. “Addiction is mired in shame and guilt,” Kishore says. “That is why so few people deal with it honestly.”

That is also why Kishore opened the National Library of Addictions in 1993.

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ADDICTED TO HIS JOB – JUNE 2005

Tracking a Silent Epidemic

By: Matt Robinson – Our Town Brookline

Published: August 2005

This is the second in a four-part series about addiction and its treatment. The series highlights the work of Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, addictionologist and founder of the National Library of Addictions in Brookline. Subsequent installments will appear quarterly in Our Town Brookline.

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“Addiction is a silent epidemic.” So says Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, founder and director of the National Library of Addictions.

Since so many addicts feel ashamed of their situation or are simple incapable of asking for help, the problem of addiction flies under the radar of many communities in which it exists. “Communities have blind spots for certain aspects of society,” Kishore advises, noting that this is especially the case in more affluent communities such as Brookline. “People are afraid that if they admit to these problems being present in their communities, it will drive property values down, so they say that ‘It doesn’t exist here,’ or they simply put their heads in the sand and ignore the problem.”

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TRACKING A SILENT EPIDEMIC – August 2005

History of a Curse

By: Matt Robinson – Our Town Brookline

Published: December 2005

This is the third in a four-part series about addiction and its treatment. The series highlights the work of Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, addictionologist and founder of the National Library of Addictions in Brookline. Subsequent installments will appear quarterly in Our Town Brookline.

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“Though addictions may be getting far more public attention in America these days”

(thanks in great part to the efforts of Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore and his dedicated colleagues at the National Library of Addictions in Brookline), the problem itself stretches back to the beginnings of our nation’s history. “In the 1700’s, “Kishore says, “addiction was considered incurable ‘Once an addict, always an addict’ was the motto, and the only treatment was banishment!”

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HISTORY OF A CURSE – DECEMBER 2005

A Safe Place

By: Matt Robinson – Our Town Brookline

Published: March 2006

This is the final installment in a four-part series about addiction and its treatment. The series highlights the work of Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, addictionologist and founder of the National Library of Addictions in Brookline.

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A few blocks away from the current home of the National Library of Addictions are the administrative offices of

Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, the man behind this pioneering resource and support center. On the walls are posters depicting such great men as Churchill, Lincoln, and Melville. “All addicts,” Dr. Kishore points out. “Addicts who made something of themselves.” Such triumph over the adversity and stigmatism that seem to come hand-in-hand with addiction is what Dr. Kishore has been trying to support since even before he founded the library in 1993. In fact, it was what prompted him to found it in the first place.

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A SAFE PLACE – MARCH 2006

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See Also:

Kishore Books

Journal of National Library of Addictions

Weymouth News

National Models of Addiction Treatment

Kishore Honored

Common Ground Today

M.D. News

Tewksbury Advocate 100407 Ambassador of the Year Photo (2)Medical Medal of Honor (new)

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