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    Leaving an alcoholic life
    (Routledge, 2008) Mackie, Cara T.
    This autoethnographic essay examines a drinking life through various reflections of my past, sketching my journey toward sobriety. For years, I engaged in an intricate battle with the bottle, trying to control my drinking. It took many drinking episodes for me to see just how unpredictable a drinking life could be and how addiction manifests itself. Now, in sobriety, I mourn the loss of a drinking life but live in a world free of alcoholic trauma. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Journal of Loss & Trauma is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
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    Finding my ... a story of female identity
    (Sage Publications, Inc., 2009) Bhattacharya, Himika; Mackie, Cara T.
    This piece delves into an identity shaped by and a history filled with sexual violence. It was created from a performance script, various journal entries, and field notes, using the process of systematic sociological introspection1 to write through emotional experience. It also takes the form of autoethnographic 2 research, where I use self-reflection, connecting personal experience to a larger social context of violence against women. “Finding my . . . ” embodies gender identity and uses voice/telling to show the move into a more confident “self.” While I attempt to make sense out of and share my experiences, I hope to encourage further conversation on this topic and reduce the stigma and shame that accompanies these encounters.