"Explosive..." -- Sunday World
"With honesty and insight, Julie tells of the horror and humiliation that came with life as a drug addict..." -- The Anglo Celt
'A shocking account of inner city life and drug addiction' -- The Star
'Brilliant...an incredibly compelling read.' -- Gerry Ryan, RTE 2FMv
'Julie O'Toole's book should be taught in schools.' -- Tony Gregory, Irish Independent TD
From the Back Cover
Julie O'Toole grew up on Sheriff Street in Dublin's
inner city. A bright but curious young girl, she
started dabbling in cannabis and ecstasy in her
mid-teens. Before long, she had graduated to heroin, for which she quickly developed a chronic addiction. Julie's childhood faded fast as her addiction crept up around her and caused her life to spiral out of control. Her
addiction became a full-time job, and so she turned to crime to feed her habit; first through shoplifting and later by working as a dealer for local gangsters.
With haunting candour, Julie describes the horror and
degradation that go hand in hand with life as a drug addict.
Her journey takes us from Dublin's inner city to London and on to America, and from methadone clinics to stints in prison.
Julie's extraordinary strength of will pulled her back from
the brink, and she slowly began to reassemble the fragments of her life.
In this fully revised and updated edition, Julie adds an additional chapter to her story and describes how she managed to turn her experiences around and dedicate her life to helping others overcome addiction. Her story gives a voice to countless other addicts and airs the sordid truth of drug addiction.