Interesting facts about my memoir, The Addict with a Thousand Faces



I began writing it in 2011, on the bottom bunk of a bed in Peru, where I was volunteering as an English teacher.



My initial goal for writing it was to prove that drinking and using like a normal person was possible if only the nature of the false-mind-within was realized. This plan backfired on me and forced me to reconsider my convictions.

State of Mind?

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Today, I live in complete abstinence. But, for the first six years of writing, I ensured no words were written while under the influence—I was afraid of spreading a tainted message to the reader. (This isn’t to say I wasn’t plagued by dissonance).

Where? (Squared)


The book takes places in the suburbs of Texas, a mental hospital, a drug rehab with a revolving door, a shanty town in Lima, Peru, an ayahuasca lodge in the Amazon Jungle, Cusco, Peru, Alaska, Hawaii, and China.

The Hero with a What?


The title was inspired by Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” and is a document of my Hero’s Journey and the role addiction has played in it. Although it’s my story, I believe everyone is on the Hero’s Journey.

Rumble. Rumble. Rumble.

Shortly after the first draft was finished on my 30th floor apartment in China, a small earthquake hit. I evacuated several flights of stairs before I realized I had an unsaved copy on my computer. I ran back to my apartment to email a copy to myself.

Thanks for reading. Now, I’ll work on my slow motion YES. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below.

Jacob O’Cain Addiction Recovery Creativity

Jacob O’Cain is a recovering drug addict and teaches ESL to kids in China. He’s the author of The Addict with a Thousand Faces (not yet published) and is actively looking to connect with people in the recovery community. Send him a message on Instagram @jacob_ocain or contact him through