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Carol Owens – Addicts in Recovery – Re-Covery in Analysis


THE LETTER 36 (Spring 2006) pages 80-86


Alcoholics’ stories are narratives. They rise and fall with drama, humour and pathos. They’re descriptive and emotional, they’re sagas and parables. We tell them to each other a lot; they get polished and improved, and if you’re hearing one that isn’t slurred and burped or told with self-pity and anger you’re probably listening to a happy ending. The point is that they have a plot, but the plot is always retrospective. It’s a trail that becomes obvious after you’ve travelled it. While you were living it there was no plot, no plan, no goal, no grand design.


I’m not too in love, I’m not too high, lover I’ll get by, faking my recovery.

Addicts in Recovery – Re-Covery in Analysis

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