Top positive review
A powerful read about the dark side of addiction and the light in redemption.
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
One Hit Away was a very personal read for me and an eye opening look into the world of drug addiction and the battles that some of our friends and family face.
A few months ago, I was asked by Jordan Barnes to read this memoir of recovery and provide a short commendation for it. At the time I don't think I was fully prepared or even understood what I was about to read or the impression it would leave me with.
To be honest, I procrastinated. I put it off several times...but then when I finally started reading it, I had to finish it. The first chapter grabs you and sucks you into a world of what I would call...horror. Not the kind that you see in the movies, but the horror of drug abuse and the seemingly impossible power that drug addiction holds over you. What followed was a long road to recovery and redemption that was traumatic, moving, and so very personal.
What made it personal was that Jordan is the author and the person who went through these struggles. Here's someone who has personally asked me to read about his struggles and then comment on them afterwards. The connection made it immensely powerful. The ending is poignant and triumphant while still managing to break your heart.
I believe that this book shines a light on what many of the crimes we experience in Stolen Stuff Hawaii are driven by. The reasons our family members and our friends become lost and can't find their way back. The reason why it is so hard to find the light and so hard to hold onto it.
This book makes me want to fight for more rehabilitation services for those who need it. It makes me want to increase the availability of such services in our jails and prisons. And it also makes it apparent that releasing inmates to a world where these services are not provided is essentially setting them up for fail...something we're experiencing in vast quantities in today's coronavirus climate.
Jordan has fought through hell to get to this stage in his life. A former drug addict who has worked so very hard to overcome the demons in his life and is now a local, productive member of society, a soon to be father, and a survivor.
I wish him the best in the release of his book and I'd like to thank Jordan for the opportunity to leave a note in his book as well as the privilege of reading it before release. I wish him great success in its release.
Michael Kitchens, Creator, Stolen Stuff Hawaii