One Hit Away: A Memoir of Recovery

One Hit Away: A Memoir of Recovery


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At the age of 24, Jordan Barnes woke up next to a lifeless body, rifled through his dead friend's pockets for any remaining heroin and went right back to using.

Strung out and homeless during the supposed best years of his life, there was no clear way out of the Opioid Crisis ravaging the streets of Portland, Oregon. But though Jordan had long accepted his fate, his parents still held out hope, and would do everything in their power to get him the help he so desperately needed.

After a harrowing journey that proves the life of an active addict will always get worse, never better, Jordan found himself at the gates of Sand Island, Hawaii's most notorious two-year inpatient treatment facility. He soon discovers that though his heart was in the right place, the hardest battle of his life was yet to come.

One Hit Away is his arduous and unlikely true story of recovery, rehabilitation and redemption.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734716603
Publisher: Island Time Press, LLC
Publication date: 08/29/2020
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 380,163
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Jordan Barnes is a grateful addict in recovery, and Sand Island Treatment Center is his home group. When he's not sharing his experience, strength, and hope through writing, he enjoys bodysurfing and diving, as well as long walks on the beach while swinging his metal detector. Jordan resides in beautiful Kailua, HI. He has been sober from all mind and mood altering substances since August 29th, 2011. One Hit Away is his debut memoir.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xvii

1. Carried Away 1

2. Escape Room 9

3. Needle in the Hay 17

4. Scum 32

5. Hooper 44

6. Fire in the Hole 61

7. Rock Bottom's Basement 75

8. Lost Ones 83

9. Vibrato 93

10. Lay Low 106

11. Paper Trail 114

12. Broken Wings 127

13. Eiji 134

14. Gateway 144

15. Chronological 149

16. Thirty-Day Table 164

17. Blackout 172

18. Step One 184

19. Breath of Life 198

20. Luck of the Draw 207

21. Shaking the Tree 218

22. The Hand-off 225

23. Heavy Weight to Bear 233

24. All in the Family 243

25. Fourth Step 253

26. Time Bomb 260

27. Late for the Sky 266

28. Pueo 274

29. Shiver the Whole Night Thru 284

30. Lights Out 294

31. Iron Wings 302

32. All Rise 314

Pau 323

Afterword: A Clean Slate 325

Acknowledgments 337

Mahalo Nui Loa 341

About the Author 343

Good Thoughts Inside 345

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous 347

Resources 349

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