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Hollywood Anonymous: Portrayals of recovery on 'Love', 'Flaked'

Hollywood Anonymous: Portrayals of recovery on 'Love', 'Flaked'

There are so many portraits of recovering addicts on TV and on Netflix these days you may feel like you’ve sat through a 12-step meeting without ever leaving your house.

In the olden days of television, alcoholics and addicts tended to stay on the periphery. There was Barney Gumble, the town drunk of "The Simpsons" who sometimes turned up at the odd AA meeting, once even bringing Homer with him, where Homer proclaimed “Anything that takes 12 steps isn’t worth doing.”

And recent years have had a host of heavy drinkers and pillheads: Don Draper, Dr. House, Nurse Jackie. As Charlie Harper in "Two and a Half Men," Charlie Sheen once...

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