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‘How’s Amanda?’ A story of truth, lies and an American addiction

washingtonpost.comAmanda Wendler, 31, rests on the couch in Farmington Hills, Mich. She is a recovering addict who lives at home with her mother and stepfather. (Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post)

She had already made it through one last night alone under the freeway bridge, through the vomiting and shakes of withdrawal, through cravings so intense she’d scraped a bathroom floor searching for leftover traces of heroin. It had now been 12 days since the last time Amanda Wendler used a drug of any kind, her longest stretch in years. “Clear-eyed and sober,” read a report from one drug counselor, and so Amanda, 31, had moved back in with her mother to begin the stage of recovery she feared most.

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