White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin

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An In-Depth Look into the Life and Mind of a Heroin Addict.

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How do you describe an addiction in which the drug of choice creates a hole in your memory, a "white out," so that every time you use it is the first time--new, fascinating, and vivid? Michael W. Clune's original, edgy yet literary telling of his account of life inside the heroin underground reads like no other, as we enter the mind of the addict and navigate the world therein. After his descent into addiction, we go with him through detox, treatment, and finally into recovery as he returns to his childhood home. There his heroin-induced "white out" begins to fade.

"Then I see a white-topped vial. Wow. I stare at it. It's the first time I've ever seen it. I know I've seen it ten thousand times before. I know it only leads to bad things. I know I've had it and touched it and used it and shaken the last particles of white from the thin deep bottom one thousand times. But there it is. And it's the first time I've ever seen it." -excerpted from White Out

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Author Michael W. Clune
Publisher Hazelden
Page Count 260pp
Publication Size 6 x 9 x .75
Publication Notes paperback
Publication Date April 2, 2013
ISBN 978-1616492083

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