The Shrink’s Links: The Night of the Gun

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Cultural commentator, David Carr, of the New York Times, died recently. He was a recovering cocaine addict.

Fourteen years after he stopped using, he decided to write a book about his addiction. Being the journalist he was, he did not write it the usual way, as a memoir. He knew that, as an addict, his version of events could not be trusted; so he interviewed everyone he could find who witnessed his addiction and was involved in his recovery. A brave, brave thing.

His conclusion? His recovery was not a personal accomplishment. Many people were involved, many people helped.

You might say it takes a village to recover an addict.

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