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In December 2013, a participant in a study I was conducting arrived for what would be her 11th group therapy session for her substance abuse. She looked different this time: she was wearing lipstick, and she had braids and colorful barrettes in her hair.

The woman explained that earlier in the week, she’d gone out to buy beer. But on the way, something clicked. Thanks to what she’d learned in treatment, she reversed course and instead bought a small Christmas tree for the upcoming holiday—something she hadn’t done in a long while. She said she was happy, and she added that she hadn’t been able to say that in five years.

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