Who Gets To Tell The Addict’s Stories?

If not people in recovery, then who?

L.L. Kirchner
Black Bear
Published in
4 min readJul 14, 2023

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When I first got clean at 19 — a Gen Xer, I started chugging booze I stole from the people I babysat for at age 10 — I never questioned whether I was an addict. I was also sure I’d never drink again, so long as I did what they told me in the AA meetings I attended. I extended the logic of, “if you keep doing what you did you’ll get what…

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L.L. Kirchner
Black Bear

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