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Reordered Narratives and the Changes in Self-Understanding From Addiction to Recovery

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This chapter is about being a drug user or an alcoholic, as well as trying not to be one. Examining personal stories of people at different stages between addiction and recovery will help delineate salient features of the phenomenology of addiction and of the change leading to recovery. I will also examine the changes in identity as constructed in the narratives of the participants. The analysis will highlight temporality as a central feature of the experience of addiction; I will argue that temporality not only reflects the lived experience but has a bidirectional relationship with identity elements of which are both revealed in temporal references but also shaped through the perception of time.

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Active User Early Recovery Life Story Heroin User Personal Story 
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