Tracey Helton Mitchell
Tracey Helton Mitchell is a recovering heroin addict. After completing rehab in 1998, she dedicated her life to the care and treatment of heroin users. Tracey entered school through an ex-offender’s program where she earned a bachelors of business administration and masters of public administration. In addition, she is a certified addiction specialist and supervisor. She was featured in the move Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street. She has also been featured by CNN, Anderson Cooper, Vice, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times in addition to freelance work as a writer. Tracey lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
“Tracey Helton went from street junkie, hooking for heroin, to wife, mother of three and PTA treasurer—a tale of one woman’s rise out of despair and enslavement to find self-reliance, joy and hope. As we face repairing the wreckage caused by our nationwide opiate scourge, her story is one so many Americans now need to hear.”
—Sam Quinones, journalist and author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
"Heroin is a journey into darkness. Tracey Helton Mitchell tells the vivid and inspiring story of how she found her way to sunlight. . . . Tracey is a remarkable individual who's written a vivid, honest and moving book about addiction, courage and hope."
—Steven Okazaki, Academy Award-winning filmmaker: Black Tar Heroin and Heroin: Cape Cod, USA
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