With his nickname, Dirty Jersey, tattooed on the inside of his left forearm, James Salant wanted everyone to know he was a tough guy At the age of eighteen, after one too many run ins with the cops for drug possession, he left his upper middle class home in Princeton, New Jersey, for a stint at a rehab facility in Riverside, California Instead of getting clean, he spent his year there shooting crystal meth and living as a petty criminal among not so petty ones until a near psychotic episode among other things convinced him to clean up In stark prose infused with heartbreaking insight, wicked humor, and complete veracity, Salant provides graphic descriptions of life on crystal meth the incredible sex drive, the paranoia, the cravings He details the slang, the scams, and the psychoses, and weaves them into a narrative that is breathtakingly honest and authentic Salant grapples with his attraction to the thuggish life, eschewing easy answers his parents, both therapists, were loving and supportive, and his family s subtle dysfunctions typical of almost any American family Exploring the allure and effects of the least understood drug of our time, Leaving Dirty Jersey is that rarity among memoirs a compulsively readable, superbly told story that is shocking precisely because it could happen to almost anyone....
|Title||:||Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir|
|Publisher||:||Gallery Books April 22, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||996 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir Reviews
Salant's book is by far the best memoir of drug addiction I've ever read.
This book is a gut wrenching and real account of how meth and heroin takes over a life and grinds it into the pavement. If you know anyone who has ever been addicted to drugs you will relate to this story, how the drugs take over your body, mind and soul and how that affects the people around you and that love you. The stealing, the crime, the sex, the crazy and obsessive behavior. It is all here. If you don't know anyone addicted to drugs, once you read this book you will have a better understanding of why they act the way they do. Understanding is half the battle.
James Salant tells a frightening, but oh so truthful story of his experiences with meth and what it did / does to him and his family. The nightmare caused by this drug is unbelievable and what he writes about in his story is pretty much the normal run for users and their families. Everyone gets hurt and I speak from personal experience from the family side and watching 2 family members slide down into hell because of this drug. Mr. Salant tells it like it is and the story is excellent reading.
Having dealt with meth addicts in my work, I was really interested to read a book from a junkie's perspective. Mr. Salant's story is unusual, in my experience, in that he was shooting heroin before every going to meth. As a result, he almost immediately begins intraveneous meth use, which is a pretty rare -- and serious -- starting point.
If you enjoy memoirs on the subject of addictions, mental health, eating disorders, etc this is a good one. I did enjoy reading it, it is gritty and all too real. The author asks for no sympathy nor does he whine and bemoan that it was all anyone else's fault he was an addict. Very good book if you enjoy such subject matter and find it interesting as I do.
I am a detox nurse so I enjoy books of this nature. Such a good read, could not put it down. The book was an easy read, not too gruesome. The relationships and situations presented make you really personify the author-- love him, hate him, want to scream at him. I recommend this book not only to colleagues but friends and family. The country needs to see addiction as a disease, this book does that as well as showing that an addict will only maintain sobriety once he or she wants it.
Bored, tired of reading books with facts and statistics? Yes, so was I.
This is one of the best books I have read regarding memoirs about substance abuse. James Salant pulled me in right from the start of this book. The way he writes so smooth without any transition was amazing. I learned a lot about crystal meth I never knew about. I am graduating soon with my Bachelors in Psychology with a concentration on substance abuse and will definitely remember this book for a long time.