When word got out that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because of the 20+ felonies she’d committed, or the nature of her crimes, or that she’d been captain of the high school cheerleading squad just a few years prior, but because her boyfriend was a Sheriff Deputy, and his friends—their friends—were the ones who’d arrested her.
A raw and twisty pageturning memoir that reads like fiction, High Achiever spans Tiffany’s life as an active opioid addict, her 120 days in a Florida jail where every officer despised what she’d done to their brother in blue, and her eventual recovery. With heart-racing urgency and unflinching honesty, Jenkins takes you inside the grips of addiction and the desperate decisions it breeds—and finally, into the messy, beautiful light of recovery. The harrowing events that led to her arrest—from an ex-boyfriend’s blackmail to a soul-shattering deal with a drug dealer—are suffused with suspense and surprising humor. And her eventual recovery—after a few suicide attempts, cavity searches, pillow fights, and love affairs in prison—offers inspiration to anyone struggling with addiction.
An up-close portrait of the mind of an addict, High Achiever is a memoir of captivating urgency that puts a human face on the opioid crisis—and offers hope to anyone impacted by it.