My Never-Ending Acid Trip
Before Grade 12, Jacob Scheier took a lot of drugs: 200 hits of acid and more than 60 tablets of ecstasy. Then he decided to hit the books and get serious. But five years later, after starting to take medications for depression and anxiety, he became afflicted with disturbing flashbacks. In My Never-Ending Acid Trip: Why I Still Hallucinate Years After Taking LSD, Scheier – now a Governor General’s Award-winning poet – chronicles his painful descent from student to psych-ward patient. Scheier’s book is a moving and darkly funny look at a young man’s struggle to get well. It is also an indictment of a medical environment in which psychoactive drugs are dispensed like candy.
Jacob Scheier is a poet, essayist and journalist from Toronto. He is the author of two collections of poetry, the Governor General’s Award-winning More to Keep us Warm (ECW Press, 2007) and Letter from Brooklyn (ECW Press, 2013), and is the co-winner, with John Tarleton, of a New York Community Media Alliance Award for best 2009 feature article in an independent publication, “The Anti-Bloomberg: Can I get an Amen?” He is a regular contributor to NOW Magazine and is currently the writer-in-residence at Algoma University’s St. Thomas campus.