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Heroin: A true story of drug addiction, hope and triumph…. Paperback – Illustrated, 6 Jun 2005
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'Explosive... Heroin is the most shocking book of the year.' -- Sunday World
'Explosive... Heroin is the most shocking book of the year.'
-- Sunday World
'It's an incredibly compelling read... wonderfully easy to read.
It's a great story.' -- Gerry Ryan, 2FM
'It's an incredibly compelling read... wonderfully easy to read. It's a great story.' -- Gerry Ryan, 2FM
'Julie O'Toole's book should be taught in schools.' -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product description
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Little has changed since Julie O'Toole was an addict. The book shows how Ireland faced an upsurge in heroin use in the 1970s, '80s and '90s and single-handedly caused a crime wave of muggings, robberies and house break-ins as desperate addicts tried to get money for their next 'fix'.
This turned the author's community into a no man's land. But the real tragedy was that many of her school friends died from diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis, caused by sharing needles.
More than anything else, she says she doesn't want to see any community suffer what happened to hers in Dublin's inner city.
The book is a gritty and hard read.
Her experiences as a heroin addict have enabled her to help others in a way she could only have imagined when she was a teenager trapped in addiction.
Hundreds of people have spoken to me about this book since it was published. Many spoke of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who were addicts and desperately in need of help.
The book's message is simple. It says there is hope for everyone. No one is beyond saving. Heroin addiction can be overcome given time and resources, and love.
Sometimes those who need help more than anyone just need to know their families are there for them and care about them. Given time, they will come around and look for help.
Never forget that drug addicts are victims. They are people who simply made a mistake by taking drugs and only realised their error when it was too late. It could happen to anyone.
This book will help you to understand heroin addiction and how it changes people for the worse. But it's important that everyone remembers that addicts are victims and they can change for the better.
The journey through the authors addiction lacked detail and was barely descritive - not at all what I would expect from an autobiography of such a serious addiction.
I read a lot of books about drug addiction so perhaps I expected more compared with some of the other amazing other books I've read although whatever category this comes under, it's not worth the money.
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Let me start by admitting that, as I opened the first page, I said to my hubby 'It better not be all about thanking God'.Read more
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