In August of 2001, I abandoned Los Angeles. I had no choice but to give up the city and everything in it because the place was literally killing me. I'd moved there a year earlier with my new wife because she'd accepted a job with NBC Newschannel -- NBC's affiliate feed service -- but as our marriage already seemed to be falling apart I found myself turning more and more to drugs for comfort. That's of course putting it mildly: The truth was that I had developed a heroin habit that was taking somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 a day out of my pocket. So, I left.
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