Nancy Kitka


At nineteen, I was a drug addict and alcoholic when I nearly died in a car bombing. My book is called “It cost me an arm and a leg”. I'll let you guess why.

This is the true story of how I found my way into addiction, violence and crime from a middle class upbringing. I got mixed up with motorcycle gangs, criminals and almost died more times than I can remember.

In 1988, at thirty years old, a culmination of events brought me to recovery. CA, NA, and AA meetings were my salvation those first few years clean. It is not your typical AA story because I stopped going to meetings after five years.

I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C when I was five years clean. Years later, I was successfully treated for it but became acutely depressed while taking Rebetron. Under any other circumstances, I would have refused anti-depressants but this was different. The hepatitis is "cured" and I stayed on Paxil for years.

I started doing drugs at such a young age, I didn't have the chance to learn life skills. This is probably true for many addicts.

For twenty four years, I developed coping skills. I finally grew up, took responsibility for my life and entered therapy whenever I felt stuck. I made new friends, got married and I learned to sing. I talk about what I learned and how I learned it with the hope it will help others.

I am widowed, have two dogs and a cat and live in suburbia. Life is good.

Read about how I did it and what I learned along the way.

Note: Some names have been changed.

Where to find Nancy Kitka online


It Cost Me an Arm and a Leg
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,630. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction & recovery, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
At nineteen, I was a drug addict and alcoholic when I nearly died in a car bombing. This is the true story of how a middle class girl got mixed up with motorcycle gangs and criminals. I got sober/clean 24 years ago. Find out what I learned on the journey to sanity. I wrote to help other addicts struggling to stay clean. It is a short read, full of tips and a lot of hope.

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