Teenage Degenerate: A Memoir that Explores the Depths of Methamphetamine and Drug Addiction

Teenage Degenerate: A Memoir that Explores the Depths of Methamphetamine and Drug Addiction

by S.C. Sterling

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In 1996, Scott was nineteen and lost in adulthood with an endless job and no future ambitions. Teenage Degenerate is his story about drug addiction, music and growing up. Over the course of ten months, he quickly descends into the dark and dangerous world of crystal methamphetamine.

Scott experiments with crystal meth in a dark, deserted parking lot in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and soon after his crew of misfits will do almost anything for their next high. One by one, family and friends disappear, and he is left alone with a decision to continue fighting or give up. This is his struggle to reclaim a normal life and the search for something real.

Teenage Degenerate is a brutally truthful, humorous and heartbreaking journey that explores the depths of addiction.

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ISBN-13: 9780997017519
Publisher: No Bueno! Publishing
Publication date: 01/18/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 668,051
File size: 245 KB

About the Author

S.C. Sterling is originally from Portland, OR and moved to Denver, CO at the age of thirteen. He is the author of Teenage Degenerate, a memoir about drug addiction and growing up. His writing is strongly influenced by music, sports and pop-culture. He is currently working on his follow-up book and still living in Denver.

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"An unflinching, effective story about the torments of drug dependence." - Kirkus Reviews

"The first time I did crystal methamphetamine I was nineteen," writes the author as he begins his story, which takes place over 10 months in 1996 and 1997. Scott and his friends went to parties and concerts—readers who are fans of the 1990s alternative scene will find their favorites within—and drugs were a constant throughout.

As the author became more and more dependent on meth, his life began to crumble; he quit his job, broke up with his girlfriend, and spent his time either high or coming off of benders. After further attempts to hold onto jobs failed, he eventually became a drug dealer; he then lost his friends,alienated his family, started going broke, and approached rock bottom.
Sterling's descriptions of his experiences while high are vivid and often disturbing, and he isn't afraid to show the lengths to which addicts will go for one more fix.

Teenage Degenerate is an unflinching, effective story about the torments of drug dependence and there is enough action make for a quick, compelling read.

"5 Stars!" - Examiner.com

The book is Sterling's firsthand account of shedding his addiction to dangerous drugs as a way of growing up. His rapid decline once in the clutches of crystal methamphetamine addiction is a horror show magnified to highlight all the worst aspects.

In this book, young, misguided Scott experiments with crystal meth in dark,deserted parking lots all over the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, making and breaking deals among an ever changing smorgasbord of mutated outliers desperate for the next rush of chemicals. Inevitably, trusted family connections wither and atrophy in the wake of that synthetic storm of junk, leaving the author with hard cold facts mandating desperate realignment of his withered sensibilities. Teenage Degenerate is a deadpan recounting of the perilous and worsening path trod by its author in the experience and ultimate renunciation of addiction to man made chemical "fixes," which always fall short, narrating its author's arduous effort to wrest back some semblance of normalcy and realness after hitting rock bottom.

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Teenage Degenerate: A Memoir that Explores the Depths of Methamphetamine and Drug Addiction 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Amazing story about addiction!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite Teenage Degenerate: A Memoir that Explores the Depths of Methamphetamine and Drug Addiction by S.C. Sterling is an eye opening experience in the life of a drug addict. In the book, Sterling tells about his experiences using different drugs and how meth took control of his life. He also reveals what finally made him quit using meth. First of all, if Teenage Degenerate was made into a movie, I would totally be buying the soundtrack. In each chapter, Sterling includes what background music is playing as he does his drug of choice. This was my favorite thing about this book. It is obvious that Sterling has bared his soul here. It is also obvious how much he loved meth. He has written his story in a diary format and it is told day by day. Sterling not only tells his story, but also describes what happened to his friends who were addicted to meth as well. I was not sure what to expect regarding the one thing that would make him give up meth. When he finally revealed what it was, I was hoping for a little more of an explanation. Other than that, I liked his story. I am happy that Sterling finally got clean, and hope that he continues to stay clean. Too many people lose the battle to this drug. The book does contain the occasional swear word. Other than that, this book may help people to better understand a loved one that is using.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's crazy to think about addiction and what it could do to you. To think that trying something one time could lead you down a path you could never imagine. For your life to change for worst with a snap of your fingers. This book put me right in the middle of it all. It was a journey that I would never want for myself, but amazing to see it from this perspective. It was very well written and definitely worth the read, or in my case worth picking up the audiobook.
Michellelee9 More than 1 year ago
Wow! A must read! Drugs, sex, danger..... I was intrigued throughout the entire book! I don't want to quote any of the book, because the build up to some of the laugh out loud moments is just too good! ....but lets just say someone snorts a Dorito chip thinking it's crystal.
Heart2Read More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! It is one of the best addiction memoirs that I have read. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new memoir.