This week on 5Talks we chat to Desiree-Anne Martin. She is a Cape Town based author, whose debut memoir "We Don’t Talk About IT. Ever” was recently published. She is an addictions counsellor and a recovering addict. In her book she tells of her incredible story of how she went from addict to author. The book describes with brutal honesty her story of addiction, depression and ultimately recovery. She began using heroin at the age of 24 after a boyfriend gave her the drug as a 'birthday present’. She is currently studying a post-grad diploma in Addiction Care at UCT, and helps others through sharing her story and counselling.