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5 AcrobaddictBy Joe Putignano

Follow the openly gay author as he goes on a journey from the U.S. Olympic Training Center to homeless shelters to shooting heroin on the job in the New York Times bathroom to being declared dead. Acrobaddict is a story about the close relationship between athletics and drug addiction—how the same energy, obsession, and dedication that can create an Olympic athlete can also create a homeless drug addict. Joe Putignano—an athlete who played the main character in the touring show Cirque du Soleil Totem—says, “My story targets a larger audience than a typical memoir: the addiction community, the sports and gymnastics community, the Cirque du Soleil/circus community, the self-help community, and the gay community.” Central Recovery Press ( —Troy Carrington


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