Hi, I’m Joseph Sharp, the author of Quitting Crystal Meth: What to Expect & What to Do (CreateSpace 2013). I have two other books: Living Our Dying (Hyperion 1996, translated into Spanish, German, Japanese and Chinese) and Spiritual Maturity (Penguin Perigee 2001, translated into Spanish). I’m a longtime survivor of HIV (over 30 years) and of cancer (just over a year as of this writing in May of 2013). I’m also a recovered crystal meth addict.
What else can I say? I graduated from University of Southern California and received and MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Other than the three books, among my many jobs I’ve worked are: a dishwasher, a short-order cook, a legal wordprocessor, and a chaplain for terminally-diagnosed cancer and AIDS patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. I was born in Tyler, Texas (because Mineola, Texas didn’t have a hospital) in the early 1960s, so I’m in my fifties. I currently hang my hat in Palm Springs, CA.
Feel free to drop me an email or, better yet, comment on one of the blogs and I’ll be sure to get back to you if you have a question. On the sidebar is info about my Facebook page and @QuittingMeth, where I hang out in the twitter-verse. I’m all about keeping the conversation of recovery from meth going. We need each other. We need to remember, when the disease calls us toward relapse, that we’re not alone and can reach out for help. We’ve had visitors from more than a dozen countries reading this website. It’s estimated that there are 2.5 million people addicted to meth worldwide. We’re a large and diverse community. But we’ve one thing in common that makes us brothers and sisters, we loved speed. Doesn’t matter if you snorted, smoked, booty bumped, or slammed, it took control of our lives and we became its slaves. It’s time to take our freedom back. Thousands of people have successfully quit crystal meth and are living clean and sober lives today. You can too. Peace, Joseph.