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Recovery and Gender Roles with Marya Hornbacher

Gender is often a core part of identity, and like other aspects of identity, it fundamentally shapes our perception of ourselves, each other and our experiences in the world. From the earliest recovery literature to the most contemporary recovery meetings, gender roles have affected and continue to affect both individual recovery and recovery communities.

In this previously recorded episode of our educational series, Mental Health Monday, Marya Hornbacher and SHE RECOVERS Co-Founder Dr. Dawn Nickel, have an insightful, lively and engaging look at the role of gender in recovery.

Marya doesn’t hold back as she speaks about being a woman in the recovery space and the difficulties that come along with this.


Marya Hornbacher is an award-winning essayist, journalist, novelist, poet, and the internationally bestselling author of five books, including Wasted, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and the New York Times Bestseller Madness. She is the recipient of the Annie Dillard Award for Nonfiction, a Logan Fellowship for Social Justice Journalism, the White Award for Magazine Journalism, the ASCAP Award for Music Journalism, the Fountain House Humanitarian Award, and other distinctions. Her writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Smithsonian Magazine, Crazyhorse, AGNI, Gulf Coast, The Normal School, Fourth Genre, DIAGRAM, Arts & Letters, and many others. Hornbacher is currently at work on her sixth and seventh books, a work of long-form journalism and a collection of essays.

Connect with Marya on her website.


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