The Taste of Cigarettes: A Memoir of a Heroin Addict

The Taste of Cigarettes: A Memoir of a Heroin Addict

by Jon Vreeland

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After three decades of living in the sandy beach suburbs of Huntington Beach, Jon Vreeland’s heroin addiction has finally destroyed his once promising music career, and estranged himself from his wife and his two daughters. Now Vreeland broods his daughter’s absence while living in his old tour van that is broken down and parked on Atlanta Avenue, on the brink of downtown Huntington Beach. He and his brand new lover and longtime junkie, Zooey Leigh, live in the van and sell and shoot heroin, move from place to place, shift from crime to crime, rob the undeserving in their brazen attempt to escape their hypodermic reality and themselves. But no matter where they go or who they stay with, they always circle back to the shores of Huntington Beach, where the dark nights are their lonely playground. But Jon isn’t meant for this life—he wants nothing more than to rid himself of this very real nightmare, and return to his estranged family and career. This is the story of how he began to get out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925417692
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 671,536
File size: 436 KB

About the Author

Jon Vreeland was born in Long Beach California. He is a writer of prose, poetry, plays and journalism. His twenty-year addiction to drugs and alcohol is the essence of his writing, and one of the main components in his perpetual process to treating this terrible disease; a battle so many have lost. Vreeland was raised in Huntington Beach by his parents and now lives in Santa Barbara California with his wife and successful artist, Alycia Vreeland. Visit his website:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. A Day in the Life of a Junkie: 11

Chapter 2. The Junkie Romance: The Sid and Nancy Syndrome: 19

Chapter 3. The Road Dog: 36

Chapter 4. The Mind of the Junkie: 47

Chapter 5. The Running of the Junkie: 69

Chapter 6. The Spiritual Side of Junk: 83

Chapter 7. The Sentimental Junkie: 106

Chapter 8. The Wayfaring Junkie: 123

Chapter 9. Death of a Junkie: 135

Chapter 10. The Real Junkie: 151

Glossary: 171

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