It’s Complicated –

Nov 29, 2018 – When I wrote a book about women and addiction, I reasoned against using labels. Woman of Substances includes my own hectic tale of smashing phone boxes, hurling pints, stealing from dealers and blacking out in inconvenient places – not always as fun as it sounds – but it’s also a book about temperament, impulsivity, mental health, female rage and trauma. So when it came to the media coverage, I was dismayed to receive ‘recovering alcoholic speaks’-style headlines, as though I was a failure who had come good.

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