Six years ago, a cyst in my brain ruptured, hemorrhaging blood and protein into the center of my brain, behind my pituitary. Learning how to stay sober while also taking what felt like a metric shit ton of opioids brought me to my knees.
As the opioid epidemic expands each year, the number of books about America’s overdose crisis also continues to rapidly grow. Several new titles covering all angles and perspectives of the epidemic and its history have been released, offering new research and insight into the complex issues involved.
I caught up with Tracey Helton Mitchell, recovering heroin addict and author of The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin, to talk about her work in harm reduction, her book, and how she stays sober today.
The truth is out: doctors, lawyers, and politicians are people too. Like the rest of us, they can struggle with moderate to severe substance use disorder, and it’s about time we talk about it. Luckily, more and more professional leaders are opening up about their struggles with addiction, taking on stigma and the cultures within their professions that contributed to keeping them sick.