Junkbox Diaries a day in the life of a heroin addict
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Herbert Stepherson
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Welcome to Junkbox Diaries.

What is a junkbox?

A person who is just so all consumed by addiction and drugs that they do not care about what goes into their body. They don't shower, they barely eat, and the only sleep they get is a result from a high dose shot of some "high quality" heroin.

Herb Stepherson was born in Jonesboro, Georgia. He is the middle child of three boys. He is thirty-one years old and spent his youth like most young boys in central Georgia, riding bikes and playing sports—baseball in particular.

Since 2002, he has been involved in the fight for his life. He has been battling the nightmares of addiction for the past fourteen years. His first drug use was at fifteen, which was alcohol and from there quickly progressed to prescription pain medication and ultimately cocaine and heroin.

Heroin and cocaine took him to the absolute edges of humanity. He ended up homeless, eating food out of dumpsters, and strung out in some of the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago, in the dead of winter. The winter months are brutal in the Midwest. Herb slept in abandon buildings, airport terminals, and under bridges clinging to two basic needs: more heroin and to be numbed from the wreckage that this drug was creating in his life. All the while trying his best to keep hope alive that maybe one day he would finally be able to conquer this demon of addiction and recover.

Today, Herb celebrates life as a young man in recovery! He is an intervention coordinator, a budding young writer, a loving and active father to his five-year-old son, Lucas, and speaks on behalf of numerous agencies in his community hoping to shed some light on the true battles with heroin addiction.

So, why are you doing this, Herb? Why are you displaying all these horribly intimate pieces of your life for all the world to see? Don't you know that the world looks down on the whole addiction thing?

I am doing this because I hate the disease. I'm displaying all these things because someone has to. The silence, the taboo, and the shame have to end. Don't hate the addict. Hate the disease. I'm writing all this to expose what this thing is doing to people. To our brothers, sisters, moms, and dads. I'm doing this because I want everyone to know that I have indeed suffered from this thing. I'm doing this because there is too much focus on the problem and not enough on the solution. I know that the world looks down on the whole addiction thing, which is another reason I am doing this.

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This book is dedicated to many people. It is dedicated to anyone and everyone who has ever been touched by the nightmare the disease of addiction is. To all the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters who have lost someone to the disease of addiction.

This book is dedicated to the addicts out there—clean or using.

There is hope.

This book is for anyone and everyone who thinks that addicts are lost causes.

This book is for the purpose of silencing the taboo, shame, and guilt that still shrouds the disease and the addict.

This book is for anyone who may be misinformed about the nature of addiction and the culture of recovery.

The aim of this book is to paint an accurate and vivid picture of what a struggling addict faces on a daily basis. It is also the aim of this book to transform the way the world looks at addiction.


Addiction is not necessarily a death sentence, that lie is dead.


Dedication 3

Welcome to Junkbox Diaries 7

Progression 9

Day 300 and something 12

K Town 14

Hostages 17

Hostages 2 21

Hostage Crisis 26

Hostages 4 31

Hostages 5 34

Hostage Spiral 37

I, the Hostage 40

Crook County Illinois, USA 42

Shots Fired 44

Relapse and Overdose 46

Life on the Westside 48

Hepatitis C 50

Mmmm....Donuts.... 52

Spare Change 54

8 X 10 56

Staphylococcus Aureus 58

Wreckage 61

Funerals 63

Sting and Shakedown 65

Stick Up 67

This is Bad 70

Falling out 73

Routine Traffic Stop 76

Blue Line 79

Apartment Life 81

Light Bulb!!! 84

Birth and Death 87

Hate the Disease 90

Alcohol is a Drug 92

Passersby 96

Relief... 99

Reservations 101

Booze and Blizzards 103

2014 106

MOM 108

Time Bomb 111

GPS and Rehab 113

He Gone 115

Christmas Eve 117

Desperation Detox 119

Wanted 121

Gary and Gasoline 123

Honey Buns 127

Termination 130

Purgatory 134

Amazing Grace 138

Prodigal Son 143

Just Say Yes 148

God Shaped Hole 151

The Snail 155

Ruckus 161

Priorities 165

Epilogue: 171

Metamorphosis 173

Keep it Green 175

About the Author 179

Acknowledgments 180