Dopefiend Book Giveaway


I’m giving away a copy of my friend Tim Elhajj’s debut memoir Dopefiend. It is, as the title suggests, a drug recovery memoir, but with the added theme of of Elhajj’s relationship with his son. (And Scarlet the Wiener Dog as you can see above, is thoroughly engrossed. She just wishes she had opposable thumbs so she could hold the book herself).

I first got to know Tim Elhajj after reading his essay in the NYTimes’ Modern Love column. I googled him. Came across his blog…And then of course, we became blog friends.

Dopefiend is available now…and I’m giving away a free hard copy of the book, along with a bookmark and postcard inserts, gifted to you personally by Elhajj, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Guernica, and Brevity.


As always, I will sweeten your intrigue with the opening lines of the giveaway book, because I think readers deserve the opening lines.

Opening lines of the novel:

“After getting booted from high school three times, I joined the military. Three years into my enlistment, the Navy cut me loose. I moved back to Pennsylvania and got married, but soon after our first child was born, my wife split, taking our baby boy with her.

I was a twenty-four-year-old cyclone of poor decisions.

In time, I landed in county jail. At least nobody gets thrown out of jail. Drug treatment followed, but even that didn’t work: I went to recovery meetings high. One night a woman named Wendy R pulled me aside and hissed: “You are going to die!”

I told her the obvious, ‘We’re all going to die, Wendy.'”


Here’s how to enter:
1) Leave a comment below. You can say anything you want–e.g., you can choose to tell me why you want a copy of the book, or share an anecdote in which you overcame great odds, or a time you signed up for something about which you later changed your mind. Do fill out your email address when you fill out the fields in the comment box (it won’t be published to the world, but I will need it in order to contact you in case you win)!
2) 1 entry per person. If you tweet about this giveaway (please include/tag @czilka in your tweet so that I can track it), you get an extra entry.
3) The giveaway is open worldwide.
4) If you win the contest, I will email you for your mailing address.
5) Winners will be chosen by a random number generator.
6) I will be announcing the contest winner on the blog. None of your personal information will be posted, aside from your first name and last initial (or the nickname you choose to list in your comment). If you see that someone else has entered the same name as you, please try to pick a different nickname to call yourself, so as to avoid confusion.
7) If you are below the age of 13, please ask your parents to fill out the comment field with their information.

The deadline to enter a comment/tweet is Monday July 30, 2012 12:00pm PST. The winner (picked at random) will be announced Tuesday July 31, 2012 by 9:00pm PST.

GOOD LUCK! And I hope you all find your way to a copy of Dopefiend soon!

UPDATE: Winner of the giveaway!

There were 13 entries in the order received–two of you tweeted the giveaway, so two of you got an extra entry. Each of you had a corresponding number as follows…

If you entered into the drawing, remember your number/s!

I used a random number generator to determine the winning number.

And *drum roll*
*drum roll*
*drum roll*

The winner is number 12!

Aka Hope Rohde, whose entry reads:

“Tim and I went to the same small high school in the same small town. I’d love to have his book not because I’ve dealt with addiction but because I work for Children & Youth and come into contact with so many youth with addictions. What a testament this book would be for local children to see how a local man overcame and became someone’s hero. Bravo Tim and blessings to you.”

Thank you, Hope (if I don’t hear from you, I’ll be emailing you for a way to contact you). Thank you *everyone* for your interest and support. I hope all of you find your way to a copy of Dopefiend soon!


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23 responses to “Dopefiend Book Giveaway

  1. queerbec

    Well, the opening lines got me curious–particularly about where Tim is from in Pennsylvania (I grew up in the western part of the state). So now I guess I’ll have to add this cyclone to my reading list and my list of authors to watch. And typically the Times selects only the very best essays for Modern Love, so that bodes well about his writing style.

  2. I grew up in a small town outside of Harrisburg. Not a bad place to grow up, really. Lots of farms and rolling hills, but not too far from the capitol rotunda, the museum, and big [ish] city llfe. I remember driving through the tunnels heading west in PA.

  3. Angela

    I signed up to go snorkeling in Hawaii and discovered the snorkeling equipment gives me panic attacks. Unfortunately, I discovered AFTER I jumped into deep water and attempted to put the gear on. The crew had to throw me kickboard to stay afloat and bring me back to the boat without laughing in my face. My friends were not so kind and had many good laughs and continue to laugh at my unfortunate experience.

  4. Arlene T.

    I’d love to win a copy of Dopefiend! Sounds good!

  5. Well I love to have this book to inform the people and synthesize them in this part of the world.

  6. Paul Avery

    I want the book because you’re my buddy

  7. bobby myers

    I should win a copy of your book just to sit down and read your book.should be interesting about life’s struggles. With addictions everyday life

  8. Tina (Hinkle) Weaver

    I am from the same small town as Tim. His youngest sister and I went to school together and hung out so I know Tim but obviously not as well as this book is going to show. Knowing his first wife very well this would give a perspective of everything Tim and she went through which made him what he is today, a success from the Small Town With A Big Heart!

  9. Cheryl

    Would love to win a copy of Tim’s book. My daughter also overcame addiction. She is now sponsoring a young woman who is also on the right track to recovery. But this book would definitely be something that my daughter could use to help others overcome their addiction, letting them know that addiction can affect anyone no matter how much they are loved, how much or how little money you have…etc…

  10. Holly Heefner

    I would love to read this book (and win a copy!!!). I am a recovering heroin and xanax addict and a recovering alcoholic. I’ve been clean for a little over 4 years, I love hearing other peoples stories and see how we are all really the same!!! I have a 20 year old young woman I sponsor through AA (who now has almost 2 years clean) and I know she would love to read this book as well!! I grew up in the Steelton area as well and its always nice to see that people who have been through the same kinds of things I have been through are making it by each and everyday and dealing with the constant struggle we call addiction!!! I hope I win this book but if I don’t please tell me where I can purchase a copy of it so I can read it and share it with my mom, my sponsee and her mom!! Good Luck in recovery Journey Tim!!! 🙂

  11. Hope Rohde

    Tim and I went to the same small high school in the same small town. I’d love to have his book not because I’ve dealt with addiction but because I work for Children & Youth and come into contact with so many youth with addictions. What a testament this book would be for local children to see how a local man overcame and became someone’s hero. Bravo Tim and blessings to you.

  12. Tim Elhaff writes like a man possessed…of skill and spunk. If you’d like to win a copy of Tim’s book “Dopefiend”, go to

  13. Wow, we got some Steelton peeps in the house! Thanks for the support guys. I really appreciate it so much.

  14. Man, this is just amazing. I can tell right now I am going to have to do another giveaway. Christine thank you so much for pulling this together. I am certain I wouldn’t have done it on my own. You’re fabulous!

    • It’s still going–we’ve got a weekend left. 🙂 It’s fun to do these things–and you can always have friends host giveaways if you find self-promotion overwhelming (and then in return, you can host giveaways for them). 🙂

  15. Thank you everyone, for entering the giveaway and showing your support! I hope everyone finds their way to a copy of Tim Elhajj’s book. The winner is announced above, as an addendum to the original blog post. 🙂

  16. Hope Rohde

    I am so excited! My shipping address is:

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