“A work of compelling honesty. The writing is so powerful, so brutally sure of voice and experience that the reader is immediately jolted straight into the hellish existence of addiction.” – Mary McGarry Morris, New York Times Bestselling Author
“I am a Heroin Addict” was previously published as “What’s Left of Us” by Kensington in 2009. However, there was no heroin epidemic at the time. Today, the opioid epidemic has become America’s worst health crisis ever. Accidental drug overdoses killed more people in 2015 than HIV/AIDS at its 1995 peak.
Heroin is a Beast, and that Beast has infiltrated every town and city in America. The Beast has come for your sons and daughters. The Beast is hunting for your fathers and mothers. And that Beast has only one mission, to bury as many Americans as possible. Farrell’s ultimate goal is that his life story brings hope to all those suffering through the insidious trap of opioid addiction.
“I am a Heroin Addict” is the story of how Ritchie Farrell survived a 10-bag-a-day heroin habit to become a bestselling author, WGA screenwriter, and recipient of the prestigious du-Pont-Columbia Award for excellence in journalism.
“In the stripped-down, busted-and-back voice of a man with absolutely nothing left to hide, Farrell gives us this deeply moving tale of addiction and redemption. I am a Heroin Addict is a rush of blood to the head and heart, the kind that only true art can deliver.” Andre Dubus III, New York Times Bestselling Author
“How Ritchie Farrell survived his life, I’ll never know.” – Scott Silver, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter of 8 Mile and The Fighter
“A wild ride from start to finish. Riveting.” – Chris Cooper, Academy Award Winning Actor
“Ritchie Farrell’s raw and visceral writing grabs you, slams you into the soul of an addict, and doesn’t let go until you experience the courage it takes to wage a life-or-death war against your inner demons.” Harry Ufland, Producer of The Last Temptation of Christ
“It is a testament to Farrell’s stunning writing power that he carries you on this rollercoaster ride of ugliness and beauty. Don’t miss it.” – Phyllis Karas, New York Times Bestselling Author