The Big Fix by Tracey Helton Mitchell is a stand out read for me this year. With the opium epidemic hitting an all time high(no pun intended) I wanted to read something that gave me more empathy for drug addicts. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t understand drug users at all. This was definitely a blind spot in my life and I just wanted to understand these people more. By reading Tracey Mitchell’s book, I feel that I can better understand why these men and women turn to drugs in their lives.
The most important thing that I took away from reading this book is that most drug addicts are doing it because they either have depression or are in fact suicidal. Drug users are more likely to have been abused and have low self esteem. When the cost of heroine is so low and drug prescription companies get their patients addicted, heroine is now seen as an option. A lot of these users, like Tracey, just thought that they were suppose to be living their young adult in a party first mindset. They thought that they didn’t want to have no regrets and to live life to its fullest but doing that with drugs is a mistake.
Even though Tracey talks about some of the awful things she does while on drugs, she does not glorify her behavior. This book is focusing on her recovery and how she got there. She focuses on the things that worked for her and is extremely critical of the things that she finds a detriment to her recovery. She is also very critical of men in a lot of support groups, as a lot of them hit on the women. Tracey talks a lot about the abusive relationships she’s had with men and contrasts that with the relationship that she has with her current husband. Finally, the best thing about this book is just how much Tracey’s worldview changes once she has children. Her struggle with having children is another obstacle that she had to overcome and reading her story is inspirational.
At the end of this book is very informative information about addiction, treatment, and drugs in general. If you are looking for a more non-fiction read to just read the basics of addiction, maybe just skip to the end of the book for those parts. Great read that I highly recommend for anyone wanting to gain empathy about drug addicts.