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High On Arrival

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Mackenzie Phillips

Narrated By: Mackenzie Phillips

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2009

Duration: 5 hours 51 minutes


Former One Day at a Time television star Mackenzie Phillips reveals her shocking, moving story of growing up in a legendary rock-and-roll family, battling personal demons, and finally, finding true redemption and peace.

The eldest daughter of John Phillips and stepdaughter of Michelle Phillips, both lead singers of the 1960s band The Mamas and The Papas, Mackenzie Phillips grew up in a wild household, where a typical evening might include rolling joints for her dad or fending off advances by Mick Jagger. Far from idyllic, she describes her parents’ home as “dirty and broken” with “very little going on inside except sex, drugs, and rock and roll.”

But in spite of the turmoil at home, Mackenzie found success onscreen, becoming famous at age fourteen for her role in the iconic film American Graffiti, which landed her a starring role as Julie Cooper on the hit sitcom One Day at a Time alongside America’s sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli. Even though she seemed to have it all, Mackenzie couldn’t escape the dark secrets and constant drug use at home and began to use herself. Her professional life suffered and she was written out of the show. For the next two decades she battled her drug addiction, going through rehab several times, and managing to stay clean for ten years, until Labor Day 2008, when she landed back in the tabloids for possession of cocaine and heroin at LAX. What led to her relapse is a shocking, life-long secret that she’ll reveal in-depth for the first time here, in High on Arrival .

Riveting, heart-wrenching, yet ultimately uplifting, Mackenzie’s story is an all-too-real testament to the power of drugs—but it’s also a story of courage, forgiveness, and true redemption.


  • Meagan P

    Poorly written. Maybe needed a ghost writer. Wasn't amazing but feel so very sorry for her childhood

  • Anonymous

    I realize it is a biography but I found it very depressing. If all is true then in my opinion I'd just keep my mouth shut about some of this. Smut sells and I suppose she succeeded in her intention, "tell all and watch the $$".

  • Anonymous

    Interesting bio. She seriously messed up her life. I am surprised that she survived. The story was interesting, but kinda depressing.

  • BeckyBear

    Very disturbing and honest. I couldn't wait until I was in my car everyday to listen to it.

  • Anonymous

    wow, I had no idea that her life was like that. Im glad she narrated, otherwise a lot of meaning would have probably been lost. With her last slip having been so recent to the time of publish... makes me wonder if she might taker her profits from the book, and slip again. Though a lot of things REALLY changed in her life this go around. Of course for her benefit, and everyone around her... I hope she does just fine and stays clean.

  • Heleeene

    It's great to hear the story in her own voice. You can feel the emotion surging up in a couple of places, especially when she talks about her son. I really grew to respect her during her stint on Celebrity Rehab, so it was gratifying to have more insight to where she came from. I applaud her for her efforts and hope that she will continue in the same vein of healing and growth.

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