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Dying for Triplicate: A True Story of Addiction, Survival & Recovery [Kindle Edition]

Todd Zalkins
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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Book Description

My world changed forever upon receiving my first prescription for Oxycontin, at which point I had already been enslaved to painkillers for ten years. After taking two of the little pink pills, a warm rush poured in, and ripped through my system…I told myself, “This is exactly how I want to feel for the rest of my life.”

I had two major surgeries I did not need, and even risked going to federal prison by forging prescriptions… all to feed a habit I could not break free from. But all of that changed when the drugs stopped working.

In February of 2007 I crawled into rehab knowing my addiction was bad…but it was my first year in recovery that would prove to be far worse. I did not sleep the first 44 days, and physically shook for nine months.

My doctor, who had treated more than 12,000 patients, said my case was the worst he’s ever seen.

Physically wasted and emotionally destroyed, I was a grown man reduced to a frightened little boy, in a world that scared me to death. Facing childhood demons, and a father who committed suicide three days before achieving my first year of sobriety, I seriously questioned if I could stay clean.

Addressing one of the biggest social problems in America today, “Dying for Triplicate” is a triumphant story of beating the odds, and discovering that despite the depths of my addiction, I could rediscover joy and find a life worth living.

Product Details

  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008KXYN3Y
  • Publisher: Todd A. Zalkins; 1 edition (August 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YH9J5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've ever read. Zero stars. May 13, 2011
By 1hslc
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Told in a very adolescent voice, this poorly written, poorly edited book should be avoided. I feel very strongly that the bulk of the "reviewers" are simply Todd himself. I regret this purchase. I gave my honest opinion, but nonetheless a negative review, right here on amazon last year after I read the book. I was not nasty but stated that I thought the book was sophomoric and did not recommend it. The day I posted my review I was inundated with "feedback" from reviewers I suspected were the author himself (or friends), very emotionally abrasive, defensive, attack responses. I was called names, told I was a bad person and insensitive to this man's "heroic" journey, told by one "reviewer" that his son died of drugs and I should be ashamed. I was told not to write nasty things. To which I thoughtfully responded that I'd hoped an author could handle reviews, critical or acclaim. I was not looking for a battle. But the next response was creepy. A reviewer had gotten into my purchase history and my baby registry and proceeded to bully and taunt me, asking me how was my childbirth, how was my family and my new son. It freaked me out so I deleted my whole account. I've never encountered anything like this. I have no reason to be ugly here, but it's my right and my honest opinion that this book is the worst book I've ever, ever read. I'm more prepared now to handle psycho bully replies, I will take them straight to amazon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rough April 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very tough tale of addiction. It's clear that the author had a really bad drug problem, which he describes in detail, but little is said about the rest of his life. He "sold insurance"...enough to fund one of the most brutal addictions I've ever heard of? Lots of typos as well, plus needs editing. Still, it's a riveting story underneath. Kudos to the author for self publishing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars None December 29, 2012
By jporter
Format:Kindle Edition
I wish Todd had waited to write this book with a few more years of recovery under his belt. His stories of partying and bravodo turn the reader off to the real message of the horror of addiction. They say a person stops maturing when they start using, which for Todd was age 12. In essence this story is told from the voice of a 13-14 yr. old. I do believe people will find inspiration in the fact that he has found recovery. I hope Todd all the best as he continues along his path.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Phony phony reviews by the author and ?? friends April 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I too have read this disaster. I have met Todd and he is a huge self-promoter because his ego is ginormous. However, he cannot write well or live in reality, which is why he can't stop himself from countering all the negative reviews. The bad reviews for this book here on Amazon are true; I would bet that most, if not all, of the 5-star reviews are by Todd's alter-egos (look into the history of some of them) or anyone he could talk into writing one. I'm not an enemy of the man; I just think it's terrible to sell a book this way. There are amazingly good books dealing with addiction and recovery...this is not one. Somehow he got an appearance in the documentary "Behind the Orange Curtain" and he mentioned this book several times. It made me sick to my stomach. Orange Curtain was a serious film, and there he was pitching his stupid book. No one else who appeared did any such nonsense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I needed February 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this hoping to gain insight into a family member's addiction to prescription pain killers. It is more an autobiography of the young mans exploits and troublemaking. It may be entertaining if that is what you are looking for. I wanted a serious insight to recovery.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY! December 21, 2011
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A 10 year old could probably write this book. It is soooo choppy and underwritten, I couldn't even finish it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst. Book. Ever April 7, 2013
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Who edited this? Seems like a self published memoir from the worst writer with the biggest ego ever. Save your money.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book so bad I will not finish it. December 6, 2011
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There is something wrong here. I have never encountered a book as sophomoric as this.I find it hard to believe that this was a serious attempt at writing. If this had been presented as "work" in an English 101 class it would have been returned to the student as unacceptable.I can only conclude that this book is a scam of some sort. The best thing about it was the title. All downhill after that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is truly an inspiring book, it will help you to grow spiritually...
What a great story of overcoming addiction, hilarious and sad but so real. Such an inspiring book, yo! Tight tight tight!
Published 1 month ago by Justin Erick Pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Julie Craig Demakes
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Thanks to this author for sharing his story. Keep on keeping on. One day at a time. You are worth it!
Published 2 months ago by Danni
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!
This was a truly amazing story. I didn't want the book to end! Thank z-man for this!
Published 3 months ago by Jimmy herciuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad tale told with humor.
Funny and sad at the same time. Todd went though hell and back with his addition. Sad tale told with humor.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Drugalogues Anonymous or don't waste your money
I purchased this book hoping to gain further insight into the disease of addiction hoping to read about the author, Todd Zalkins as he shares what it was like, what happened and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by debbthebee
1.0 out of 5 stars If you want to read every detail of someones life (from birth) no...
Not worth the money. If you want to read every detail of someones life (from birth) no matter how tedious.... then this is your book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by CocoaJoe
5.0 out of 5 stars I gave this book 5 stars because I do believe ...
I gave this book 5 stars because I do believe it could help an addict after reading the depths that Todd's addiction took him to. However; I found the language very offensive.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved my life!
This book, changed my life. My sister Sara has met him and after hearing how down to earth he is in real life just swayed me to buy another copy of his book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by seth
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, inspiring, and painfully honest
I picked this kindle book up in passing and read it over the weekend - what a crazy ride this man has had, and what an amazing person he is to try to use his experiences to help... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jessica Taylor
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More About the Author

Todd Zalkins was born and raised in Long Beach, California (1967- ). His first book (a memoir)"Dying for Triplicate" was optioned for screenplay rights to adapt into a major motion picture.

He has written three other books, "Kindred Revenge" and "The Most Selfless Love," both of which were released in April of 2011.

His most recent work, a fictional piece, titled "Frog Forward" will be available on Kindle in July of 2011,the illustrated-hardcover version to be released in 2013.

Todd is an active speaker on the topic of prescription painkiller addiction, bringing awareness to high schools, colleges, and the workplace worldwide. He has appeared on Fox 11 News, CBC Canada, This Week in Music, as well as the award winning film "Behind the Orange Curtain."

To contact the author direct, or for speaking engagements go to: or

Todd currently resides in South Orange County, California.

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