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Dopefiend: A Father's Journey From Addiction to Redemption Paperback – September 15, 2011
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About the Author
Tim Elhajj lives in Washington with his wife and kids. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Brevity, Guernica, and others. With Holly Huckeba, Tim edits Junk, a literary fix, (junklit.com). Junk is an online magazine that features literary memoir about addiction, obsession, and unrequited needs, both real and imagined.
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This is a journey that will shock your sensibilities, unless you've been there and done that. If you haven't, this book will help you understand what it's like to claw your way up from the bottom after alienating your mother and siblings, losing your wife and young son, and sleeping in homeless shelters because a rehab center won't even consider taking you until you're clean. How do you fight your way back into the good graces of your e-wife and son when everything you say and do is wrong? What is it like to step into your mother's house and see her hide her purse? How do you tell your boy, after you've finally attained a tenuous relationship, that you're now moving to the other side of the country? Can you make it work?
Well written, compelling, fascinating, and not without humor, this is an inspiring story of addiction, hope and redemption.
At each step along the way, I laughed, I cringed and I cried.
When you read someone's memoir, what do you look for? What is it you want to gain? Perspective? It's here. Inspiration? It's here. Great stories? This is a great story, and told with a high level of skill.
This is a terrific book and well worth the short amount of time it will take you to read it from start to finish.