Maggie R. Salinger, BA
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Salinger MR. You Never Arrive. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:733. doi: 10.7326/M14-2648
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(10):733.
The sun sank behind the Atlanta skyline as I drove to my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. It was an assignment for my psychology module, a chance to observe a small wedge of an addict's existence beyond sterile hospital walls. At this particular alcoholic refuge, where none of us wore starched white coats or latex gloves, I found it impossible to maintain the role of an inquisitive onlooker. Instead, I became immersed in a rite of passage where old and young, suited and tattered, tattooed and straight-laced voluntarily surrendered to the same vulnerable status. We each had separated ourselves from bustling traffic, from the stresses of employment and unemployment, from friends and foes to follow the discrete AA blazes leading to a place of liminality—a dimly lit church basement with chairs and musk.
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