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The Sun Interview

Hooked Maia Szalavitz Debunks Myths About Addiction

by Arnie Cooper

“Human beings will always want to get high. Every culture has intoxicants. We can either recognize this and make available the least-harmful substances in the least-harmful settings, or we can go on destroying people’s lives.”

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Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Peanut

by Brooke Ferguson

“The goat became my charge during my third week in rehab. My counselor, Victoria, suggested I browse the stuffed-animal collection at the clinic gift shop and select one to represent my inner child.”

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Lost

by Kathryn Phelan

“It starts innocently, as these things do: You avoid soda and desserts all summer in preparation for basketball season, because you want to be faster up the court than anyone else.”

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Missed Call

by Robert Bitsko

A father’s message

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When I Was Invincible

by Frances Lefkowitz

A surfing lesson

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Fiction

Recovery

by Jessica Halliday

“I close my eyes, thinking of where I was headed when Tara called earlier — or not quite thinking about it, but just coming to the edge of it, like standing at the curb, nothing more than that.”

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Poetry

Truth Telling

by Catherine Freeling
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Readers Write

Losing

by Our Readers

A family heirloom, a best friend, a teen’s virginity

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In This Issue

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Sunbeams

Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave — and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.

Alice Childress

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Letter to the Editor

If you’re thinking about writing us a letter, give in to the temptation.

WRITE