Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me

Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me

“This is a story she needed to tell; and the rest of the country needs to listen.”
— New York Times Book Review


“This vital memoir will change how we look at the opioid crisis and how the media talks about it. A deeply moving and emotional read, STRUNG OUT challenges our preconceived ideas of what addiction looks like.”
—Stephanie Land, New York Times bestselling author of Maid


In this deeply personal and illuminating memoir about her fifteen-year struggle with heroin, Khar sheds profound light on the opioid crisis and gives a voice to the over two million people in America currently battling with this addiction.

Growing up in LA, Erin Khar hid behind a picture-perfect childhood filled with excellent grades, a popular group of friends and horseback riding. After first experimenting with her grandmother’s expired painkillers, Khar started using heroin when she was thirteen. The drug allowed her to escape from pressures to be perfect and suppress all the heavy feelings she couldn’t understand.

This fiercely honest memoir explores how heroin shaped every aspect of her life for the next fifteen years and details the various lies she told herself, and others, about her drug use. With enormous heart and wisdom, she shows how the shame and stigma surrounding addiction, which fuels denial and deceit, is so often what keeps addicts from getting help. There is no one path to recovery, and for Khar, it was in motherhood that she found the inner strength and self-forgiveness to quit heroin and fight for her life.

Strung Out is a life-affirming story of resilience while also a gripping investigation into the psychology of addiction and why people turn to opioids in the first place.

Title:Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me
ISBN:9781488056321
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  • Theresa Alan

    Addiction spares no one. Making it out is akin to winning the lottery, even when you have the resources and access for help.Erin Khar started smoking heroin when she was thirteen years old and used on...

  • Christy

    I absolutely loved "Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies that Nearly Killed Me". My go to genre is always wanting to read memoirs, particularly about addiction, abuse, dysfunctional families, or ot...

  • ?Chelsea?(Misfit)?Owens

    Four stars, the review is coming soon....

  • Rene Denfeld

    This is a brutally honest and yet tender look inside opined addiction. Khar pulls aside the mask of an addict, and neither self-pitying or blaming, delves deep into the personal, social and physical r...

  • Eric

    Strung out by Erin Khar is a memoir detailing the drug addiction, mental illness, and abuses in the life of the author. The book opens with Khar trying to figure out how to formulate an answer to her ...

  • Tina

    I have mixed feelings about this one. The writing is amazing and as always, I admire the author for being brave and telling her story.Although the author brings us to dark places, she rarely seems acc...

  • Janet

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital A...

  • Astrid Galactic

    A disarmingly honest account of one woman's misspent youth via addiction and how she eventually got herself together to put it all behind her after much pain and damage. Highly recommend reading this ...

  • Abby

    This review is for the free, digital ARC from NetGalley. Some parts may not apply to the final publication.This book was a bit of a letdown. I'm a big fan of memoirs, especially of addiction and menta...

  • Lorie

    Reviewing this book is one of the most difficult reviews I've ever found myself writing. Simply because I've had a hard time detecting anything redeemable in it to discuss. In the first chapter I was ...