Tuesday, January 25, 2011
'I chased recovery like I chased booze and drugs. I put everything I had into it. It was difficult because it took dedication and commitment - two traits I knew about, but didn't realize I had. It took dedication and commitment to learn to be a Gangsta. Before joining a gang I knew nothing about gangs; hell, I'd never even heard of them. Now, I'm an 'OG' [original gangsta]. Dedication and commitment are what it took to get money to find drugs, cop them (all the while dodging the police), and keep a decent supply of them. I did whatever it took to stay high. So I took that same energy and focused on recovery.' pg 404
She writes with such openness and courage. Her language switches from 'street' to frank english and back again, giving us her thoughts and emotions along the way as she tours us through her hellish youth. What an amazing woman. This is more than a recovery memoir; it's a survival memoir.