One of the most important—yet terrifying—things that any individual can accomplish is being 100% honest when it comes to their life story. Sometimes, it can feel impossible to sit down, write out and tell the world of all the hardships you’ve faced, the mistakes you’ve made and the lessons that you’ve learned along the way. However, one individual who has decided to put her life into a book and share it with the world is named Tiffany Jenkins.
Author of High Achiever, Tiffany Jenkins used one of the most difficult times of her life to not only tell the world of her journey, but to show others that, sometimes, the journey to sobriety is not always going to be a pretty one—and that’s okay. This memoir, though nonfiction, reads like fictional tale, covering the life of Tiffany during her times as an opioid addict, her 120 days behind bars and her recovery.
Along with being able to read her stunning work, we were able to connect with the author and give our community a taste of her spectacular story:
Soberocity [S]: What is the date that marked the beginning of your sobriety?
Tiffany [T]: 11/26/2012, the day of my arrest.
[S]: How much has your life changed since you decided to become sober?
[T]: My life has changed in every way possible, literally. I couldn’t breathe, eat, sleep or move without drugs at one point. Now, I get to wake up free from those chains, surrounded by a loving family. I am blessed beyond measure and so grateful to have my life back.
[S]: Do you believe you would’ve gotten sober without going to prison?
[T]: This is SUCH a difficult question to answer. I think it took me being exposed and all of my lies to come tumbling out at once for me to realize I was at my rock bottom. That is where I found the strength to fight for my life.
[S]: Would you change anything about your past? Why or why not?
[T]: The only thing I would change, is I would have gotten freaking braces when my mom asked me to. LOL. Everything else happened the exact way it was meant to.
[S]: Are you planning on writing another book?
[T]: I am!
[S]: What’s one of the most rewarding things you’ve gotten from sharing your story?
[T]: A community of millions of people who love and accept me for who I am. For the first time in my life, I love who I am. And it’s because of my supporters helping me to see that it’s okay to be weird.
[S]: If there was one piece of advice that you would want to give someone struggling with obtaining sobriety, what would it be?
[T]: There is a better way to live, and people who are ready and willing to show you the way. Reaching out for help is the greatest gift you could give to your future self.
[S]: Was there ever a point in your life where you felt that you couldn’t overcome?
[T]: Yes, my third day in jail, I tried to take my own life. I was saved by corrections officers and at the time—so angry that they forced me to stay. In hindsight, obviously, I’m beyond grateful.
[S]: Is there anyone or anything that contributed to your journey towards sobriety? What was its impact?
[T]: My father; he got sober while I was in jail and came to visit me. He loved me when I wasn’t lovable and had faith in me before I had faith in myself.
[S]: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self anything, what would that be?
[T]: I know you feel alone, and unloved, and your trying to find something to fill that deep void within you. Food, attention from guys, alcohol and drugs. Things are going to get really terrible, but just on the other side of that mountain, there is a life waiting for you, and it’s more beautiful than you could ever dream. I love you. Keep going.
This is only a snippet to the raw strength that is illustrated within High Achiever. Tiffany Jenkins shows us that you shouldn’t afraid to share and own your truth, and—just maybe—that will help another get through theirs.
“I shared the whole truth, the raw truth, and people were so compelled…I started with a small article and it was met with so much love and so much support from people that I drew from that strength that they gave me. I continued opening up. And the more uncomfortable I was about sharing something, the more people appreciated it because they had thought they were along all this time. I didn’t start out with the strength to tell my story, but now it’s just like saying, my hair is brown, my eyes are brown, I’m an addict and this is what I went through. I try to tell my story so that all the terrible things that I did during that time were not in vain.”