Redefining Recovery: The Evolution Of The Addiction Memoir


By Lisa L. Kirchner

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From “Drugstore Cowboy” to “My Fair Junkie,” the focus of addiction literature has shifted to recovery.

In July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that last year, overdose deaths dropped slightly—from 70,000 to 68,000—the first dip since 1990.

“Lives are being saved, and we’re beginning to win the fight against this crisis,” tweeted Alex Azar, the U.S. secretary of health and human services.

But who’s “we,” exactly?

Though I doubt Azar had contemporary literature in mind in the fight against addiction, it was the first thing I thought of when I read the statistic. For years, drugs and alcohol were so…click here to continue reading