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Anne-Margreet Art 19 jan 2016
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Heftig: deze fotoserie biedt een kijkje in het leven van een aan heroïne verslaafde vrouw

Tijdens dit project begon ze de complexiteit van een drugsverslaving beter te begrijpen. Verslaafden worden vaak direct in een hokje geplaatst, terwijl er in werkelijkheid veel meer achter zit. Het is vaak het gevolg van een nog groter probleem: “The main thing I learned from talking to Alex was that the drugs are less the problem than they are a really shitty coping mechanism. The drugs become a problem, but really the source of the issue is whatever’s going on underneath.”

Bekijk hieronder een gedeelte van de aangrijpende fotoserie, die Alex volgt tijdens haar gevecht met de verslaving en haar weg naar herstel:

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Alex, 20, lives in Baltimore. Like many others in “Charm City,” she is a heroin addict. Addiction runs in her family; her mother was an alcoholic, and her father became addicted to crack and abandoned Alex and her mother when she was 10 years old. She has not heard from him since. Alex has been using for the past three years, introduced to the drug by a roommate, and has been steadily increasing her usage since her mother hung herself almost two years ago.

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Shooting up before going on stage is a requirement; Alex says she can’t dance without being high.

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Alex struggles to find a vein in a bathroom stall at the club where she works. While she often gets high at work, she is often reprimanded for her drug use, and will eventually lose her job at the club, which touts itself as catering to upscale clientele and frowns upon obvious drug use.

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Alex sits in a motel room with Twon after getting high.

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After being arrested with Twon on a burglary charge, Alex was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Since she had no prior felonious arrests, she was offered alternative sentencing that would include time in a rehabilitation center. Twon, who had multiple prior arrests, received a sentence of 12 years at a maximum security prison. With good behavior, he will be released before his 30th birthday.

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Between jail time and rehab, Alex was able to stay sober for a year — major achievement for those in recovery. She has since gone back to using, and is trying to get clean again.

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Alex waits to lead a meeting for recovering addicts.

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Alex cries after running into a guard she knew while incarcerated. She has just graduated from Drug Court, a Maryland program that aims to help recovering addicts stay sober and employed, and in return wipes drug-related felony convictions from their record.

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Alex, photographed on the first anniversary of her sobriety. She is now two-and-a-half years sober.

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Alex now spends her Saturday nights playing board games with friends, all of whom are also sober and in recovery.

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Alex and her boyfriend, Kyle, settle in for the night. The two met while attending meetings.

Bijna kunst: dit is hoe drugs, caffeïne en andere stoffen er van heel dichtbij uitzien.

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