For the first time since my 2009 heroin memoir, What’s Left of US, I will detail how I overcame heroin addiction, covered the war in Bosnia as a journalist, won the du-Pont Columbia for directing the HBO documentary film, High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell, and ultimately went from “Heroin to Hollywood.”
My new book, I AM A HEROIN ADDICT: HOW I SURVIVED will detail how guilt and shame left a trail of destruction that was almost insurmountable. 129 people in America will die today of an accidental overdose of heroin. In fact, 3.91 out of five recovering heroin addicts relapse within their recovery. My new book, I AM A HEROIN ADDICT: HOW I SURVIVED will be a road map to success.
Like a doctor performing microscopic surgery, I pour the contents of the rainbow bags into my cooker, reach for my bottle of water, insert the syringe, and draw up about 20cc. I squirt the water into the cooker, watch it move across the white powder and turn to liquid. I move my lighter back and forth under the cooker until the heroin bubbles. The smell is sweet. It makes my stomach turn. I bite off a small piece of acigarette filter, and spit it into the burning liquid. It’s time. I insert the needle, there’s a little sting, pull back on the plunger, and a dash of red-blue blood snakes up the middle of the clear liquid. A direct hit. Total euphoria! Now, all I can think about is where will I get my next bag. But I wasn’t always a homeless heroin addict. I was a good kid, an altar boy, even an all-conference athlete.
What’s not funny, I only took heroin once. Imagine that? Once! After that, heroin took me any place it wanted to. It changed me. I will do anything to get high and I will crush you if you try to stop me. I’m scum. Nothing I say is truthful except this… I am dying. – Excerpt from What’s Left of Us –
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“Someone in America overdoses on opioids every 3 minutes. If you’re an opiate user it’s not if, it’s when. Heroin’s grip on its users is monstrous, if they’re in the early stages of recovery, there is a 90% chance they’ll relapse.
In October of 2015, I wrote an article for the Huffington Post titled, I am a Heroin Addict. It went viral. Frankly, it changed the direction of my life.
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