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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • An up-close portrait of the mind of an addict and a life unraveled by narcotics—a memoir of captivating urgency and surprising humor that puts a human face on the opioid crisis.
 
“Raw, brutal, and shocking. Move over, Orange Is the New Black.”—Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie

When word got out  that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because of the twenty felonies she’d committed, or the nature of her crimes, or even that she’d been captain of the high school cheerleading squad just a few years earlier, but because her boyfriend was a Deputy Sherriff, and his friends—their friends—were the ones who’d arrested her.
 
A raw and twisty page-turning memoir that reads like fiction,  High Achiever spans Tiffany’s life as an active opioid addict, her 120 days in a Florida jail where every officer despised what she’d done to their brother in blue, and her eventual recovery. With heart-racing urgency and unflinching honesty, Jenkins takes you inside the grips of addiction and the desperate decisions it breeds. She is a born storyteller who lived an incredible story, from blackmail by an ex-boyfriend to a soul-shattering deal with a drug dealer, and her telling brims with suspense and unexpected wit. But the true surprise is her path to recovery. Tiffany breaks through the stigma and silence to offer hope and inspiration to anyone battling the disease—whether it’s a loved one or themselves.

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“Raw, brutal and shocking. Move over,  Orange Is the New Black. There’s a new bitch in town.”  —Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie

“A great read for fans of  Orange is the New Black, this national bestseller provides a shocking and propulsive look into the life of an addict. . . . Jenkins breaks down the stigma around drug addiction and recovery in her first book, giving readers a story that is both joyous and heartbreaking.” —BookBub

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Tiffany Jenkins (maiden name Johnson) writes about motherhood, addiction, marriage, and life on her blog, Juggling the Jenkins, where she has acquired a huge social media following. She uses her platform to help and inspire others who are struggling with motherhood, mental health, addiction, and those who just need a good laugh. She speaks frequently about addiction and recovery. She lives with her husband and three children in Sarasota, Florida.

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“One, two, three.”

The light from the flash was blinding. I’d been ordered to remove my glasses for the picture, and I could see nothing for a moment. I hadn’t washed my hair in three days, and since I was arrested directly from my bed, where I’d been sleeping, the mugshot about to be plastered all over the papers and the local news broadcasts was most likely just as horrendous as the crimes that started the whole ordeal.

“I am going to uncuff you, briefly, so that you can remove your jewelry and place it in this bag. Once you do that, you will head to that holding cell right there,” the officer said, pointing. “And change out of your clothes. You look to be a large, so here, take these,” she said, handing me a polyester jumpsuit. She reached into a nearby bin and pulled out a pair of rubber flip-­flops.

“These are your new shoes. You will wear them at all times—­including when you take a shower. Don’t lose them.” She thrust the shoes into my already full hands and nudged me toward the cell. I tried my best not to think about all the different feet that had already worn these rubber shoes, but, despite my best efforts, I was haunted by the thought of how many different species of bacteria would soon be inhabiting my toes.

I jumped when the metal door slammed behind me. The room was dark and the acidic smell of urine was overwhelming. I held my breath and quickly stripped off my clothes before slipping into the jumpsuit. It felt like I was wearing cardboard. The female deputy had been observing me through the window and opened the door once I was dressed.

“Put your stuff in here.” She held out a brown paper bag and I stared at my belongings as I dropped them in. My heart sank as she folded up the bag and handed it to another deputy. My clothes were no longer my own; they belonged to the county now. “C’mon, you gotta see the nurse for some blood work and a pregnancy test.” For a moment, I secretly prayed I was pregnant. Maybe then they would let me go home.

Home. I wasn’t even sure where that was anymore. I certainly couldn’t go back to where I was living. In fact, by now, my belongings were most likely packed and sitting outside.

As I sat down on the cold metal chair across from the nurse, I suddenly realized how shitty I felt, physically. The chair was freezing, yet somehow I was sweating. My bones began aching and my eyes watered uncontrollably. I was sick.

“Okay, Missss . . . Johnson. I’m going to do a couple of tests, but first I’d like to ask you a series of questions,” she said, grabbing a nearby clipboard.

“Name?”

“Tiffany Johnson.”

“Age?”

“Twenty-­seven.”

“Weight?”

“Gah. Like one-­sixty, I think?”

“Currently taking any medication?”

I hesitated. She glanced up at me and repeated the question. “Are you currently taking any medication? Yes or no.”

“Yes.”

“What medication?”

I took a deep breath, and began. “Dilaudid, Roxicodone, Oxycontin, Xanax, Percocet, Lortab, Vicodin, and marijuana. I’m not sure if that last one counts as medication but—­”

“Okay. And would you describe the crimes you have been charged with as ‘shocking in nature’?”

“Yes. Yes, I would.”

She looked up at me over the rim of her glasses as she set her pen down and leaned back in her seat. “Okay, I don’t usually do this, but you have piqued my interest. Would you mind telling me why you consider your crimes to be shocking in nature?”

As I proceeded to tell her what happened, I watched her expression morph from confusion, to shock, to disgust, then back to confusion as she leaned forward to check something off on her clipboard. “Okay, yes, I would say that counts as shocking in nature, definitely,” she said, attempting to regain focus.

She cleared her throat and nervously glanced up at me as she made some notes. “All right, since you are obviously going to be experiencing a severe withdrawal from opiates, we are going to keep you in Medical for a few days before bringing you to the general population. There we will be able to monitor you to make sure you have a safe detox. I am just going to quickly get a few samples from you and then they will take you down.”

I watched intently as she prepared her syringe, and my stomach doubled over on itself at the sight. My palms began to perspire and suddenly I felt as if I might explode. My skin crawled and my legs were restless. It had only been about twenty hours since I’d last gotten high and I already felt like shit. This was going to f***ing suck.

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Jen
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No matter if you are the addict, the one wanting to understand the addict, or just looking for a good read this book is for you!
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2017
I ordered this book in hopes of understanding addiction. I am a Deputy and I work with girls everyday that have serious addiction problems. I was completely amazed that for someone (me) that doesn''t read at all, I couldn''t put this book down. Not only did I read it but I... See more
I ordered this book in hopes of understanding addiction. I am a Deputy and I work with girls everyday that have serious addiction problems. I was completely amazed that for someone (me) that doesn''t read at all, I couldn''t put this book down. Not only did I read it but I was transformed into the book and felt as though I was right there with Tiffany the whole time. I got this book cleared by my programs in our jail and bought 3 more copies. This book is now in 4 different pods in hope to touch at least one other person and help change a life. Thank you Tiffany Jenkins for sharing your story. You are truly someone that people can look up to.
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absolutely the BEST memoir I''ve ever read (and I''ve read a ton ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2018
OMG! This memoir is by FAR, without a doubt, absolutely the BEST memoir I''ve ever read (and I''ve read a ton of ''em)!! It had me on the edge of my seat, heart racing, and at one point I even noticed that I was literally holding my breath waiting to read the next sentence. I... See more
OMG! This memoir is by FAR, without a doubt, absolutely the BEST memoir I''ve ever read (and I''ve read a ton of ''em)!! It had me on the edge of my seat, heart racing, and at one point I even noticed that I was literally holding my breath waiting to read the next sentence. I did not want to put it down....which might explain why/how I finished all 425 pages in 4 days. If I didn''t have to work for a living or sleep I could have finished it in one day! The story is amazing, incredible, unbelievable and so much more. You''ll have to pinch yourself a number of times (like I did) and say, "Wow...all this REALLY happened!" I''m even quite bummed out that I''m done with it now because I want more!! There are not enough stars or a sliding scale that goes high enough to rate this book! It''s a MUST READ!
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Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
It amazed me after reading this how many drunkalogs/drugalogs people were writing. Recovery is not about how much you drank/used it''s about the life you build after you quit. Nothing this writer has accomplished she has done on her own. She got off on a light sentence went... See more
It amazed me after reading this how many drunkalogs/drugalogs people were writing. Recovery is not about how much you drank/used it''s about the life you build after you quit. Nothing this writer has accomplished she has done on her own. She got off on a light sentence went to rehab and even though she had just lost the love of her life hooked up with another addict and got pregnant. An absolute nono in recovery. She gets married aquires a home through a family member and proceeds to claim this is her work. In her book and all of her social media 12 step programs are not spoken about. People claim clean and sober even though they just relasped. There is no one talking recovery. Just "I did this so can you". In order to get clean and sober you HAVE to be in a 12 step program. You cannot use or drink. And absolute honesty is required. Tiffany is close than most to a relaspe and if she doesn''t get humble and admit how she got where she did and get grateful for the program that cleaned her up she will use again!
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Julie R.
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If you are an avid reader of memoirs don''t waste your money.
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2019
I read a lot of memoirs and autobiographies and the writing is terrible.....it''s nothing personal against the author but I don''t believe parts of the first 5 pages which is all I could get through before deciding to return it. I work in the field of addiction and it seems... See more
I read a lot of memoirs and autobiographies and the writing is terrible.....it''s nothing personal against the author but I don''t believe parts of the first 5 pages which is all I could get through before deciding to return it. I work in the field of addiction and it seems like fabrication. The writing is not good, it''s sensationalized for nothing other than shock value, mediocre and isn''t even as good as a James Frey book which we all found out was compete BS but at least the story was good. Not everyone who is an addict needs to write a book, save your money and buy Girl Walks Out of a Bar, buy Scar Tissue, buy any of Mary Karr''s books, but this is just awful. I''m sure there''s an audience for it, obviously with the 5 star reviews.
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Amanda Walker
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Tiffany Jenkins is and amazing writer! This is one of the best books ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2017
Tiffany Jenkins is and amazing writer! This is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. She is real and tells it all, whether good or bad. As someone that has always been affected by and wanted to understand addiction better I have read many... See more
Tiffany Jenkins is and amazing writer! This is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. She is real and tells it all, whether good or bad. As someone that has always been affected by and wanted to understand addiction better I have read many books on the subject and have never been so captivated by one. It is definitely a page turner. Every time I put it down I could not wait to pick it back up again. This book will take you through many highs, lows, and even full on "belly laughs". Tiffany is a true inspiration and an example of someone that has climbed their way up from the depths of the hell that is addiction and made it to the other side as a happy, healthy, beautiful, woman and mother. If you are struggling with addiction or loves someone that is you MUST read this book. Even if you''re not affected by addiction this book will take you on an adventure you will not soon forget. I highly recommend it to anyone!

With addiction being the epidemic it is today and many of us looking for any hope we can find I truly believe this book arrived just when it needed to and that it will touch many lives. Thank you so much for sharing your real, honest story and your amazing talent with the world Tiffany!
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Sarina McKee
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Captivating someone who doesn''t read, this book is amazing!
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2018
I first discovered Tiffany from a funny video from Facebook. I could not stop at just one video, I had to find more; I did. Tiffany not only is funny but creative, real, sensitive and positive. She captivated me with her funny videos,yes. There are so many of those but... See more
I first discovered Tiffany from a funny video from Facebook. I could not stop at just one video, I had to find more; I did. Tiffany not only is funny but creative, real, sensitive and positive. She captivated me with her funny videos,yes. There are so many of those but also, thought provoking ones,videos where she portrays her creative side. Once in awhile you will see her sister in the videos and you can tell they have a heck of a bond. It is awesome. Tiffany also does live videos and is raw and real and down to earth about her journey and helping you on your''s. You do not have to be an addict to enjoy her. This book is also about learning the thought process of one. Maybe you have a friend or family member that was or is an addict. Understanding their mindset could be a huge help for their journey as well as your''s. This book talks about it life in Jail as if you are right there with her. You will feel the emotions and feelings of one struggling the addict life. You need to also understand though, she is just not an addict. She is a woman, mother, daughter,sister, friend and comedian. She will tell you she also struggles with depression and anxiety as well. She has come incredibly far. This book is perfect for those struggling, those in jail. Maybe if you can purchase this for someone that is in Jail, have it sent directly to them. Another outlet for them to see there is hope. It does have some trigger points in it. It is descriptive but, it needed to be! It took me a day and a couple of hours to finish it and I want to re read it. You or your loved one will enjoy this book!
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Cora Kiphart
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Amazing read. I want more!!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2018
This book. I’ll tell ya. As a recovering addict myself, I found so much comfort in this book, knowing I am not the only one who has thought and felt things and emotions that aren’t easily described. I read a lot of reviews saying that you would finish this book in one day... See more
This book. I’ll tell ya. As a recovering addict myself, I found so much comfort in this book, knowing I am not the only one who has thought and felt things and emotions that aren’t easily described. I read a lot of reviews saying that you would finish this book in one day and I thought “yeah right, it can’t be that good”. Well, they were right. I started reading it yesterday at 12pm and read all the way until I went to bed at 12:30am. My dear husband came home to me shooshing him because I was trying to read. From the first page of this book you feel like you are IN the story with the writer. I cried, I laughed, I gasped. I wish I never read it so I could read it again for the first time. What an AMAZING story of despair and redemption. I literally never write reviews for things on Amazon, but I felt so close to the writer in this book that I felt I would be wronging her by not letting others know that this book will suck you in and not let go until the last page- at which point you will be devastated that it’s over and wishing she had 10 more books written for you to dive into. Please Tiffany Jenkins - write more!!!!!!!!!
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Amazing Real life story
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2018
I loved Tiffany''s story. With a few differences, her story could be my own and even my daughter''s. Addiction to alcohol and drugs, and mental illness is deep rooted in our family''s genes. Every single day on this earth, that addiction taunts and tempts us. I am on opiates... See more
I loved Tiffany''s story. With a few differences, her story could be my own and even my daughter''s. Addiction to alcohol and drugs, and mental illness is deep rooted in our family''s genes. Every single day on this earth, that addiction taunts and tempts us. I am on opiates for a chronic pain disease, and I feel as though I''m at fault for my baby girl''s addiction. She''s in a methadone program currently, and I hope I will live long enough to see her totally clean and separated from opiates entirely. Tiffany''s story gives me hope that my only child can get well too.
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Zee
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Brilliant!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2019
This book now sits proudly on my shelf in full view to remind me no matter how hard things get you can get through and come out the other side. This woman is amazing! I bought High Achiever after hearing about Tiffany''s struggles with Anxiety after she popped up in my face...See more
This book now sits proudly on my shelf in full view to remind me no matter how hard things get you can get through and come out the other side. This woman is amazing! I bought High Achiever after hearing about Tiffany''s struggles with Anxiety after she popped up in my face book news feed, i was fortunate enough to come across a few of her very funny video''s explaining Anxiety better than i ever heard it explained, she puts a comical spin on Anxiety that somehow makes you feel less alone and the issues it causes much less of a strain!, as a sufferer myself i know there is a massive problem when it comes to explaining what Anxiety does, how it makes you feel and how it can cut you off from everyday life, family and friends.. After listening to Tiffany i didn''t feel quite so alone and with her video''s was finally able to say to my family "here watch this, this is me, this is what Anxiety is".. her comical way of explaining Anxiety bridges a gap that Anxiety can cause between you and ur loved ones, it not only helps the sufferer but helps their family understand what they can do to help. When i heard about the book i had to read it and i''m so glad i did!, its brilliant!, tells the tale of Tiffs past life, where her Anxiety stems from, her struggles with drugs, the things she did to get them, and where she ended up because of them, how it affected people around her and how it shaped her life. Its hard hitting, shocking in parts and brilliantly written. More than anything it shows just how strong someone can be when push comes to shove. How its possible to not only survive after this kinda thing but also thrive. I was due to go on holiday so bought the book to read while i was away. I finished it on the second day!, couldn''t put it down!, laughed at parts and cried so hard at parts but overall came away feeling totally inspired by this super strong female!. I have nothing but praise for this woman and her book! its a brilliant read and is one of those books leaves you wanting more. I cannot recommend it highly enough! Thankfully the book arrived well packaged and on time. One of the best purchases i have made (just for myself!) in a long time.
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Compelling read (contains adult content not suitable for Teens), I LOVED it!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 10, 2018
An amazing book! Compelling, emotional, gritty, funny. Tiffany''s book took me on a journey of heartache and compassion. The true story of her life with addiction which lead to imprisonment, and ultimately survival is compelling and amazing. Her writing style is such that...See more
An amazing book! Compelling, emotional, gritty, funny. Tiffany''s book took me on a journey of heartache and compassion. The true story of her life with addiction which lead to imprisonment, and ultimately survival is compelling and amazing. Her writing style is such that you travel the journey with her, feeling all the emotion that she puts in to writing this book about her own life. It is an insight into the struggles that addicts have and even having no person experience of this myself, I still felt every step of her journey. I LOVED this book and would highly recommend it. You may also want to note that it is an adult read, Tiffany does not hold back on the language or content which is completely in context but perhaps not suitable for a Teen to read. Be prepared to laugh and cry with Tiffany as she takes you on her journey.
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Couldnt put the book down, amazing!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 22, 2019
Amazing women to look up to. I follow her videos on Facebook and she mentioned this book, and I thought hey why not, I''ll give it a try. Couldnt. Put. The. Book. Down. The way its beautifully written, and how powerful her emotions were. Thank you so much, an aspiration as a...See more
Amazing women to look up to. I follow her videos on Facebook and she mentioned this book, and I thought hey why not, I''ll give it a try. Couldnt. Put. The. Book. Down. The way its beautifully written, and how powerful her emotions were. Thank you so much, an aspiration as a positive human being. Stay positive love!!
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Amazing Woman; Gripping Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 31, 2019
I love Tiffany and her videos on Facebook, so was super excited on learning she was releasing a book. Being from Wales, the US judicial system baffles me somewhat, but hearing her story and journey was incredibly moving, especially when we see where she is today.
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Hooked me in , fast paced and quirky
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2021
I bought this book as I discovered Tiffany on FB ( juggling the jensons) and her story intrigued me - I wasn’t disappointed, a crazy story that hooked me in to read it in 24 hours , if that .. I’ve never been interested in an addicts story , simply because I’m not wired...See more
I bought this book as I discovered Tiffany on FB ( juggling the jensons) and her story intrigued me - I wasn’t disappointed, a crazy story that hooked me in to read it in 24 hours , if that .. I’ve never been interested in an addicts story , simply because I’m not wired that way - but I’m glad I read it , great insight and she is daft as a brush .
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • An up-close portrait of the mind of an addict and a life unraveled by narcotics—a memoir of captivating urgency and surprising humor that puts a human face on the opioid crisis.
 
“Raw, brutal, and shocking. Move over, Orange Is the New Black.”—Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie

When word got out  that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because of the twenty felonies she’d committed, or the nature of her crimes, or even that she’d been captain of the high school cheerleading squad just a few years earlier, but because her boyfriend was a Deputy Sherriff, and his friends—their friends—were the ones who’d arrested her.
 
A raw and twisty page-turning memoir that reads like fiction,  High Achiever spans Tiffany’s life as an active opioid addict, her 120 days in a Florida jail where every officer despised what she’d done to their brother in blue, and her eventual recovery. With heart-racing urgency and unflinching honesty, Jenkins takes you inside the grips of addiction and the desperate decisions it breeds. She is a born storyteller who lived an incredible story, from blackmail by an ex-boyfriend to a soul-shattering deal with a drug dealer, and her telling brims with suspense and unexpected wit. But the true surprise is her path to recovery. Tiffany breaks through the stigma and silence to offer hope and inspiration to anyone battling the disease—whether it’s a loved one or themselves.

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“Raw, brutal and shocking. Move over,  Orange Is the New Black. There’s a new bitch in town.”  —Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie

“A great read for fans of  Orange is the New Black, this national bestseller provides a shocking and propulsive look into the life of an addict. . . . Jenkins breaks down the stigma around drug addiction and recovery in her first book, giving readers a story that is both joyous and heartbreaking.” —BookBub

About the Author

Tiffany Jenkins (maiden name Johnson) writes about motherhood, addiction, marriage, and life on her blog, Juggling the Jenkins, where she has acquired a huge social media following. She uses her platform to help and inspire others who are struggling with motherhood, mental health, addiction, and those who just need a good laugh. She speaks frequently about addiction and recovery. She lives with her husband and three children in Sarasota, Florida.

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1

“One, two, three.”

The light from the flash was blinding. I’d been ordered to remove my glasses for the picture, and I could see nothing for a moment. I hadn’t washed my hair in three days, and since I was arrested directly from my bed, where I’d been sleeping, the mugshot about to be plastered all over the papers and the local news broadcasts was most likely just as horrendous as the crimes that started the whole ordeal.

“I am going to uncuff you, briefly, so that you can remove your jewelry and place it in this bag. Once you do that, you will head to that holding cell right there,” the officer said, pointing. “And change out of your clothes. You look to be a large, so here, take these,” she said, handing me a polyester jumpsuit. She reached into a nearby bin and pulled out a pair of rubber flip-­flops.

“These are your new shoes. You will wear them at all times—­including when you take a shower. Don’t lose them.” She thrust the shoes into my already full hands and nudged me toward the cell. I tried my best not to think about all the different feet that had already worn these rubber shoes, but, despite my best efforts, I was haunted by the thought of how many different species of bacteria would soon be inhabiting my toes.

I jumped when the metal door slammed behind me. The room was dark and the acidic smell of urine was overwhelming. I held my breath and quickly stripped off my clothes before slipping into the jumpsuit. It felt like I was wearing cardboard. The female deputy had been observing me through the window and opened the door once I was dressed.

“Put your stuff in here.” She held out a brown paper bag and I stared at my belongings as I dropped them in. My heart sank as she folded up the bag and handed it to another deputy. My clothes were no longer my own; they belonged to the county now. “C’mon, you gotta see the nurse for some blood work and a pregnancy test.” For a moment, I secretly prayed I was pregnant. Maybe then they would let me go home.

Home. I wasn’t even sure where that was anymore. I certainly couldn’t go back to where I was living. In fact, by now, my belongings were most likely packed and sitting outside.

As I sat down on the cold metal chair across from the nurse, I suddenly realized how shitty I felt, physically. The chair was freezing, yet somehow I was sweating. My bones began aching and my eyes watered uncontrollably. I was sick.

“Okay, Missss . . . Johnson. I’m going to do a couple of tests, but first I’d like to ask you a series of questions,” she said, grabbing a nearby clipboard.

“Name?”

“Tiffany Johnson.”

“Age?”

“Twenty-­seven.”

“Weight?”

“Gah. Like one-­sixty, I think?”

“Currently taking any medication?”

I hesitated. She glanced up at me and repeated the question. “Are you currently taking any medication? Yes or no.”

“Yes.”

“What medication?”

I took a deep breath, and began. “Dilaudid, Roxicodone, Oxycontin, Xanax, Percocet, Lortab, Vicodin, and marijuana. I’m not sure if that last one counts as medication but—­”

“Okay. And would you describe the crimes you have been charged with as ‘shocking in nature’?”

“Yes. Yes, I would.”

She looked up at me over the rim of her glasses as she set her pen down and leaned back in her seat. “Okay, I don’t usually do this, but you have piqued my interest. Would you mind telling me why you consider your crimes to be shocking in nature?”

As I proceeded to tell her what happened, I watched her expression morph from confusion, to shock, to disgust, then back to confusion as she leaned forward to check something off on her clipboard. “Okay, yes, I would say that counts as shocking in nature, definitely,” she said, attempting to regain focus.

She cleared her throat and nervously glanced up at me as she made some notes. “All right, since you are obviously going to be experiencing a severe withdrawal from opiates, we are going to keep you in Medical for a few days before bringing you to the general population. There we will be able to monitor you to make sure you have a safe detox. I am just going to quickly get a few samples from you and then they will take you down.”

I watched intently as she prepared her syringe, and my stomach doubled over on itself at the sight. My palms began to perspire and suddenly I felt as if I might explode. My skin crawled and my legs were restless. It had only been about twenty hours since I’d last gotten high and I already felt like shit. This was going to f***ing suck.

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