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  • Published: 20 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781780572147
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Millionaire Junkie

My Journey Down to Heroin - and Back



A harrowing true story of how the American Dream can turn sour

Blighted by a neck injury at a young age, sports superstar Jason Peter was forced to retire prematurely. In just a few short years, Peter's brilliant career was in ruins as he found himself consumed by painkillers, then crack and finally heroin. His addiction transformed him from a pumped-up athletic gladiator to a small, wispish shell of his former self.

In Millionaire Junkie, Peter tells of the lost days and nights spent prowling the streets of Manhattan, flying cross-country with high-class call girls and doing piles of heroin and cocaine. It is a visceral, ragged-edged story of true glory, self-destruction, addiction and, finally, redemption.

  • Published: 20 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781780572147
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the authors

Jason Peter

Jason Peter was an NFL first-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers, where he played for five years. He is now married and lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he co-hosts a radio programme for ESPN.

Tony O'Neill

Tony O'Neill is a poet and novelist, whose books include Digging the Vein and Songs from the Shooting Gallery. He lives in New York.

Praise for Millionaire Junkie

An unflinching look at the dark side of a life devoted to pleasure . . . the book's power lies in his honesty in detailing the depths of his despair from seeking the next high

Publishers Weekly

A portrait of a red-blooded jock as monster dope fiend . . . had Hunter Thompson been a football player instead of a fan, this is the book he'd have written

Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight and I, Fatty

A bleak if compelling read, but has a genuinely uplifting ending

Maxim

Peter's cautionary tale of success, stardom and the pressures of fame transcends continents and sport . . . stark and honest, it paints a bleak picture of drug addiction but offers salvation in the way he finally turned his life around

News of the World

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