The Big Fix

The Big Fix

Hope After Heroin

eBook - 2016
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After surviving nearly a decade of heroin abuse and hard living on the streets of San Francisco's Tenderloin District, Tracey Helton Mitchell decided to get clean for good. With raw honesty and a poignant perspective on life that only comes from starting at rock bottom, in The Big Fix Tracey tells her story of transformation from homeless heroin addict to stable mother of three--and the hard work and hard lessons that got her there. Rather than dwelling on the pain of addiction, Tracey focuses on her journey of recovery and rebuilding her life, while exposing the failings of the American rehab system and laying out a path for change. Starting with the first step in her recovery, Tracey re-learns how to interact with men, build new friendships, handle money, and rekindle her relationship with her mother, all while staying sober, sharp, and dedicated to her future. A decidedly female story of addiction, The Big Fix describes the unique challenges faced by women caught in the grip of substance abuse, such as the toxic connection between drug addition and prostitution. Tracey's story of hope, hard work, and rehabilitation will inspire anyone who has been affected by substance abuse while offering hope for a better future.
Publisher: New York : Seal Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781580056045
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oct 25, 2016

Puts a human face on the horrors of addiction. I was glad that the book was not full of the myriad of gory details of the life of a heroin addict, but I certainly felt her emotional and psychological pain. This woman never completely lost her humanity and really wanted to get clean; sadly, that's not the case with all addicts. Most importantly, the author convinced me that supplying clean needles to addicts does save lives. She infuses the reader with greater understanding and compassion towards addicts. Her life of service helps keep her clean and sober.


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