Tracey Helton Mitchell, author of The Big Fix, explains why relapse shouldn’t be treated as a dead end: “There were many relapses that I turned into learning experiences. Recovery is a marathon not a sprint. While not welcomed, relapses shouldn’t be treated as a dead end.”
Tracey Helton Mitchell
Tracey Helton Mitchell is a recovering heroin addict and author of “The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin.” After completing rehab in 1998, she dedicated her life to the care and treatment of heroin users. Tracey entered school through an ex-offender’s program where she earned a bachelors of business administration and masters of public administration. In addition, she is a certified addiction specialist and supervisor. She was featured in the move Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street. She has also been featured by CNN, Anderson Cooper, Vice, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times in addition to freelance work as a writer. Tracey lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
I am, in fact, a heroin user in long term recovery from addiction. Nineteen years, 34 abscesses, and eleven arrests ago, I had my last shot of heroin. I had been using opioids for ten years, heavily for eight of those. Like many users, my journey to recovery began in handcuffs