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People

These articles cover people of all sorts, spanning the whole range of the recovery community.

Hype, Heroin & Jean-Michel Basquiat
2 years ago

Hype, Heroin & Jean-Michel Basquiat

By  • Heroin, People

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s bristling, ugly-elegant, stream-of-consciousness art still looks damn good. The body of work, produced during a truncated but astoundingly prolific career, has the almost too classic prerequisites of greatness: an …
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Monty Python, Alcoholic
2 years ago

Monty Python, Alcoholic

Graham Chapman was a chameleon. He enjoyed science, acting and comedy, and after graduating from Cambridge and St Bartholomew’s Medical College, he turned down a career as a physician to be a …
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Robin Williams’ Stand-Up Bit on Alcoholics
2 years ago

Robin Williams’ Stand-Up Bit on Alcoholics

Robin Williams had 20 years sober before relapsing in 2006. During this time he returned to the stand-up stage where he openly joked about his struggles with addiction. The self-aware and sadly appropriate title of …
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Facing the Pain, Blame & Addiction of Amy Winehouse
2 years ago

Facing the Pain, Blame & Addiction of Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse, the hard-living retro soul star turned tabloid obsession died in 2011 after a very public battle with addiction. The British musician memorably sang about her refusal to go to …
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James Taylor’s Recovery from Heroin Addiction
2 years ago

James Taylor’s Recovery from Heroin Addiction

At 67, James Taylor is amazed to be alive.

 

He was a train wreck even before he was famous. He was a heroin addict and a psychiatric patient in his …
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Marc Maron Before Rehab
2 years ago

Marc Maron Before Rehab

After college, Marc Maron moved to L.A. and did enough blow to kill a brontosaurus. He soon suffered a psychotic breakdown so severe that his own dealer urged him to leave town. …
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Tom Waits, the Booze-Soaked Bard of the Barstool, Is Sober
2 years ago

Tom Waits, the Booze-Soaked Bard of the Barstool, Is Sober

For years, Tom Waits was the booze-soaked bard of the barstool, the keeper of ‘a bad liver and a broken heart’. But Tom was saved by his wife Kathleen. He hasn’t …
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A Supposedly Fun Thing He’ll Never Do Again
2 years ago

A Supposedly Fun Thing He’ll Never Do Again

At the end of 1989, David Foster Wallace was admitted to McLean Hospital, the psychiatric hospital associated with Harvard University, for substance addiction. He was twenty-seven years old and increasingly …
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Touch of Evil: Orson Welles’ Descent into Alcoholism
2 years ago

Touch of Evil: Orson Welles’ Descent into Alcoholism

At 25, Orson Welles wrote, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane. Perhaps it was this early peak and stunted potential that caused Welles to be consumed by his enormous appetite …
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Telling Her Story of Addiction
2 years ago

Telling Her Story of Addiction

By  • People, Video

Jo Harvey used to tell her story of addiction in a dark and messy way. It started when she was 7. On a hiking trip, Jo was given her first drink. She liked …
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