On the Web site of Faces & Voices of Recovery, dozens of people who have kicked their drug habits post photos and tell stories. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is trying to show that people do recover from addiction, says Patricia Taylor, executive director of the organization. Yet policymakers and the general public “fail to take people who are still struggling [with their drug problems] as real people who can be helped,” she laments.

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