The Big Fix:

Hope After Heroin

With raw honesty and a poignant perspective on life that only comes from starting at rock bottom, The Big Fix tells her story of transformation from homeless heroin addict to stable mother of three—and the hard work and hard lessons that got her there. Rather than dwelling on the pain of addiction, Tracey focuses on her journey of recovery and rebuilding her life, while exposing the failings of the American rehab system and laying out a path for change. Starting with the first step in her recovery, Tracey relearns how to interact with men, build new friendships, handle money, and rekindle her relationship with her mother, all while staying sober, sharp, and dedicated to her future.

A decidedly female story of addiction, The Big Fix describes the unique challenges faced by women caught in the grip of substance abuse, such as the toxic connection between drug addiction and prostitution. Tracey’s story of hope, hard work, and rehabilitation will inspire anyone who has been affected by substance abuse while offering hope for a better future.

Editorial Reviews

“A vivid and inspiring story of how [Mitchell] found her way to sunlight…A vivid, honest, and moving book about addiction, courage, and hope.”

Steven Okazaki, Academy Award–winning filmmaker

Author Biography

Tracey Helton Mitchell is a recovering heroin addict. After completing rehab in 1998, she dedicated her life to the care and treatment of heroin users. Mitchell entered school through an ex-offender’s program where she earned a bachelors of business administration and master of public administration. She is also a certified addiction specialist and supervisor. Mitchell was featured in the movie Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street and has also been featured by CNN, Anderson Cooper, Vice, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and three children.

Reader Biography

Tracey Helton Mitchell is a recovering heroin addict. After completing rehab in 1998, she dedicated her life to the care and treatment of heroin users. Mitchell entered school through an ex-offender’s program where she earned a bachelors of business administration and master of public administration. She is also a certified addiction specialist and supervisor. Mitchell was featured in the movie Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street and has also been featured by CNN, Anderson Cooper, Vice, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and three children.

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