Getting off heroin is one thing, facing the consequences and damage of the years you spent on drugs is another.
One of the hardest lessons around being sober is learning to appreciate the ordinary, the mundane, and the normal.
Heroine is an escape, a relief, a safe space. Giving it up means facing all the fear, rage, and terror you’ve been running from.
“My identity had become so entwined with heroin that I had normalized it. It was only occasionally, in a moment of clarity, that I realized just how abnormal being a heroin addict was.”
“I wanted a child, but logic told me I must terminate. What if I could not stay off drugs?”
"I am tired of the putrid stench of sweat and the overwhelming compulsion to use, use, use because if I don’t, I will die."
In this new series, writer Hannah Brooks reflects on addiction, recovery, and relapse.