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The Rebel Doctor: 'Addicts Are Some of the Happiest People I Know'

Meet Gabor Maté, a doctor who works with North America’s only supervised injection site and believes that addicts are some of the happiest people he knows.

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Do you think addicts can be as happy as non-addicts once they find recovery?

Some of the happiest people I know are in recovery: they serve others, they develop self-esteem, and they connect to something larger than themselves. They are often happier than people who have never been addicted because they are dealing with stuff that other people have never had to deal with.

Kristen McGuiness is a freelance writer and regular contributor to The Fix who wrote previously about  old timers in AA  and sober travel,  among other topics. She is the author of  51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life.