The Bitter Taste of Dying: A Memoir

Thought Catalog Books - Read the bitter Taste of Dying to understand it. Jonathan alter, ny times bestselling author of The Center Holds. In his first book, author jason smith explores the depravity and desperation required to maintain an opiate addiction so fierce, he finds himself jumping continents to avoid jail time and learns the hard way that some demons cannot be outrun.

While teaching in europe, he gets his percocet and xanax fix but terrifies a crowd of children and parents at his job in the process; and in Mexico, Smith thought a Tijuana jail cell would be the perfect place to kick his Fentanyl habit, he meets a prostitute who secures drugs for him at the dangerous price of helping out the Russian mafia; in China, but soon realizes that the power of addiction is stronger than his desire to escape it.

The Bitter Taste of Dying: A Memoir - The bitter taste of dying paints a portrait of the modern day drug addict with clarity and refreshing honesty. With a gritty mixture of self-deprecation and light-hearted confessional, Smith’s memoir deftly describes the journey into the harrowing depths of addiction and demonstrates the experience of finally being released from it.

Praise for the bitter taste of dying"jason is a great writer who's clearly done the life-destroying research that I can relate to. Jason smith is a gifted writer offering no excuses for the damage he did on his harrowing 16-year journey into prescription drug hell, a huge, hidden problem in America today.

This is the voice of a new generation of drug addicts. Jerry stahl, ny times bestselling author of permanent midnight and happy mutant Baby Pills"This memoir grabs you by the throat on the first page and doesn't let go until you're done, in one sitting--gasping for breath because you know, finally, what it's like to be a drug addict without having been one yourself.





Dying to Survive: Updated 10-year anniversary edition

Gill Books - Desperate for help, she made a public appeal to secure one of just 27 detox beds in Ireland so that she could reclaim her life from the drugs that had consumed it. What followed was an extraordinary story of grit and determination as she embarked on her recovery journey. Dying to survive is rachael’s classic, bestselling addiction memoir, now with a new introduction reflecting on her struggles with relapse and what has changed about the drugs culture in Ireland.

The best book by far about the drugs explosion in dublin’ irish Independent‘This book should be on the school curriculum’ Evening Echo‘This is an incredible story, told completely straight – no sensationalism, no self-pity and plenty of wicked humour thrown in. She is an inspiration. Alison o’reilly, Mail on Sunday.

Dying to Survive: Updated 10-year anniversary edition - Gripping, extraordinary and so shocking you have to keep reminding yourself that this really happens – this is one all teenagers and parents should read. Evening echo‘through sheer grit and determination, Rachael pulled herself out of the hell she was living in … what an achievement. Rachael keogh was catapulted into the public consciousness when a shocking image of her needle-ravaged arms – skin burnt from injecting heroin into her wasted veins – made front pages around the country.





American Drug Addict: a memoir

- I’m also a drug addict. But more importantly, it’s about the despair of addiction and the absolute certainty that it can be overcome. Recovery is not simply abstinence, but a process of growing up. And i have a tale to tell. My story has everything: sex, aids, grave desecration, crack, infidelity, nine inch nails, elderly abuse, jail, breasts, road rage, rehabs, drug dealers, cinnamon toothpicks, divorce, heroin, heresy, withdrawal, video games, physics, needles, identity theft, homosexuality, pawn shops, pornography, prostitutes, computer science, abortion, marriage, arson, product tampering, marijuana, burglary, pain pills, anti-Semitism, armed robbery, public nudity, pain, traffic fatalities, alcohol, Barry Manilow, strippers, death, acid, ecstasy, suicide, racism, vandalism, atheism, used tampons, interventions, God, venereal disease, and murder.

I’m a college educated man who was once a husband of 26 years with two children, three businesses, and a large home with an actual white picket fence. I would like to share with you what I have learned. My name is Brett. I spent my entire life searching for the key to long-term sobriety.





Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction

Hachette Books - With a thriving practice; married with two great kids and a gorgeous wife; a pillar of his community. But lurking beneath the thin veneer of having it all was an addict fueled on a daily boatload of prescription meds. What finally moves him to recover and reclaim life--including working with other physicians who themselves are addicts--makes for inspiring reading.

When the police finally came calling--after a tip from a sharp-eyed pharmacist--Grinspoon's house of cards came tumbling down fast. Peter grinspoon seemed to be a total success: a Harvard-educated M. D. His professional ego turned out to be an impediment to getting clean as he cycled through recovery to relapse, his reputation, family life, and lifestyle in ruins.

Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction - Free refills is the harrowing tale of a Harvard-trained medical doctor run horribly amok through his addiction to prescription medication, and his recovery. Dr.





Straight Pepper Diet: A Memoir

Killer McMillian Publishing - He'd survived a brutal childhood, graduated from Pepperdine Law School, and become a successful attorney. Then one night, his american Dream-life became a nightmare when his sex and alcohol addictions collided and exploded. On tuesday, i was a respected civil trial lawyer making six-figures. It's harrowing, sometimes hilarious, and surprisingly hope-filled.

On wednesday, i woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed charged with attempted murder. And then it got worse. Straight pepper Diet is a book about surviving one's own wreckage. Joseph W. Naus was living the American Dream.





My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean

Hachette Books - In the tradition of blackout and permanent midnight, and alcohol addiction, a darkly funny and revealing debut memoir of one woman's twenty-year battle with sex, drugs, and what happens when she finally emerges on the other side. Smart and charming, with Daddy's money to fall back on, she sort of managed to keep it all together.

Growing up in beverly hills, amy dresner had it all: a top-notch private school education, the most expensive summer camps, and even a weekly clothing allowance. But at 24, she started dabbling in meth in San Francisco and unleashed a fiendish addiction monster. In the tradition of orange is the new black and jerry stahl's permanent Midnight, Amy Dresner's My Fair Junkie is an insightful, darkly funny, hitting rock bottom, and shamelessly honest memoir of one woman's battle with all forms of addiction, and forging a path to a life worth living.

My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean - But on christmas eve 2011 all of that changed when, high on Oxycontin, she stupidly "brandished" a bread knife on her husband and was promptly arrested for "felony domestic violence with a deadly weapon. Within months, she found herself in the psych ward--and then penniless, divorced, and looking at 240 hours of court-ordered community service.

Soon, or have sex with, smoke it, if you could snort it, she did. For two years, " she swept up syringes and worse as she bounced from rehabs to halfway houses, sex addiction, assigned to a Hollywood Boulevard "chain gang, all while struggling with sobriety, and starting over in her forties.





Junkbox Diaries: a day in the life of a heroin addict

Joshua Tree Publishing - Herb slept in abandon buildings, airport terminals, and under bridges clinging to two basic needs: more heroin and to be numbed from the wreckage that this drug was creating in his life. To our brothers, sisters, moms, and dads. He is thirty-one years old and spent his youth like most young boys in central Georgia, riding bikes and playing sports—baseball in particular.

Since 2002, he has been involved in the fight for his life. They don't shower, they barely eat, and the only sleep they get is a result from a high dose shot of some "high quality" heroin. Herb stepherson was born in Jonesboro, Georgia. His first drug use was at fifteen, which was alcohol and from there quickly progressed to prescription pain medication and ultimately cocaine and heroin.

Heroin and cocaine took him to the absolute edges of humanity. I'm displaying all these things because someone has to. All the while trying his best to keep hope alive that maybe one day he would finally be able to conquer this demon of addiction and recover. Today, lucas, a budding young writer, a loving and active father to his five-year-old son, Herb celebrates life as a young man in recovery! He is an intervention coordinator, and speaks on behalf of numerous agencies in his community hoping to shed some light on the true battles with heroin addiction.

Junkbox Diaries: a day in the life of a heroin addict - So, why are you doing this, herb? why are you displaying all these horribly intimate pieces of your life for all the world to see? Don't you know that the world looks down on the whole addiction thing? I am doing this because I hate the disease. It is also the aim of this book to transform the way the world looks at addiction.





The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare

Jeffers Press - Kristina and her mother take us through the suffering, turmoil and destruction of addiction right on through to forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption. Over the next 8 years she sinks further into addiction moving on to cocaine and methamphetamines. You are absolutely helpless. Until one is absolutely honest with oneself there is no hope for either the addict or the enabler.

Cheri and pat summerall, fox, espn, former American football player and legendary sportscaster for CBS, and his wife'It is tough, honest and gritty. I couldn't put it down. Anne lamott, traveling mercies, bird by bird, all new people, rosie, best-selling author of Operating Instructions, and Blue Shoe'This book touches on both sides of addiction … the side of the addict and that of the enabler.

The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter's Worst Nightmare - In that instant, alcohol became her pathway to comfort. In telling her story, she gives a brutally honest description of her addiction and crimes until she nearly dies on the floor of a homeless shelter completely alone at the age of 21. Adding a heart-wrenching counterpart, to each chapter of the book, Kristina's mother, Connie, gives a parent’s picture of what was happening throughout her child's experience.

Kristina, the second of four children, begins by telling how a little sip of vodka sipped secretly at a party her parents were giving, started her on a pathway to addiction. I could not put it down. Michael pritchard, PBS host, motivational speaker and child advocate.





Running in Circles: A Memoir

- You run and you run and you end up exactly where you started. Barely recovered and against medical advice, she leaves the hospital for New York City only to end up homeless and face prostitution and violence. Being a heroin addict is like running in circles. Eighteen-year-old eva yin is admitted into an ER in the San Francisco Bay Area for a serious blood infection — the souvenir of a missed shot of heroin.

. Running in circles is the unflinching true story of one woman’s struggle and recovery from heroin addiction. In the end, eva finally stops running but only after crossing the span of an entire continent and coming back to the shores of California— she is back to where she started but she isn’t the same.





Addict Chick: Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll

Lulu Publishing Services - Some would say that love destroyed her, body, but what she let ravage her mind, and soul had nothing to do with love and everything to do with a deep-seated need to destroy herself. Addict chick: sex, drugs & rock ‘N’ Roll is brutally honest, sexually graphic, and completely real. In this memoir, and no matter how far you have fallen, one woman proves that no matter who you are, nobody is beyond redemption.

At 34, a child, amanda meredith had it all - A successful career, a home, and everything that should have made her happy. She was also crazy in love; his name was Cage, and their love would become her first addiction—but not her last. With the prick of a needle, she lost everything- her child, and a shot of methamphetamine, her career, and she lost Cage.

Addict Chick: Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll - Her story is not for the faint of heart. Addict chick: sex, her sorrow, and the story of how she fought like hell to save herself, Drugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll is her heartbreak, with a little help from the Man above.





Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin

Stephen E Crockett - It's not supposed to be perfect. My attempts to free myself and live a sober life were always half-hearted because truthfully I loved heroin. Black tar is an autobiographical look at the use of heroin and the toll it takes on the addict and his surroundings. However, my mounting drug use destroyed my life, my job and any hope I had of enjoying a family.

It is written from an addict's perspective, drawing upon a journal kept by an active junkie and then turned into the book now before you. It's supposed to read rough, because it details the day to day existence of my junkie life as I live from fix to fix and watch as my life spiral out of control. You can feel that in the way I write this book.

Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin - In this smack tinted world, the extremes are overdose and withdrawal and I suffer through my share of both. There's no editor or proofreader. Please understand. In the end, i find myself dangling between the fix that will kill him and the sober life he so desperately needs. As the years pass heroin addiction forced me to live hand to mouth, in my car, always one step away from living on the streets as an addicted vagrant.

That's just part of the remains of my brain telling a story that I hope will be a cautionary tale for the thousands that have or will read it,. From alcohol, pills, and cocaine to heroin.