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Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction Hardcover – February 26, 2008
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This is a stunningly written, intense and emotional memoir of a father's struggle to deal with his brilliant, charismatic, and caring son's addiction to methamphetamine. It is honest and authentic and raw and heart-rending and fascinating. It is unforgettable. As I read, I felt many emotions for both the father and son---everything from anger to sadness to grief to fear. I felt as though I was right there on the emotional roller coaster with the author.
Even if you have no personal experience of a loved one's addiction, you will be moved by this father's struggle to cope with his son's substance abuse turmoils. Despite methamphetamine being this country's most problematic drug, many of us, including me, know very little about it, and may not initially feel too interested in finding out. However, the author's struggles and emotional journey are so poignant and compelling that any reader will find themselves caught up in this memoir, will benefit from what they learn and most of all, will be glad that they read it. If you know and/or love an addict, this book will be even more important---it will be vital---as you will find much to identify with and perhaps even be able to better process some of your own emotions.
The drug problems begin when author David Sheff finds a bag of marijuana in his 12-year-old's backpack. By age 17 Nic is hooked on crystal meth, and he spirals into a decade-long pattern of drug abuse. He lies, steals, lives on the street and nearly dies. His heartbroken family takes the journey with him.
At the end, with Nic in a shaky recovery, David Sheff has a life-changing moment when he realizes that "my children will live with or without me. It is a staggering realization for a parent, but one that ultimately frees us to let our children grow up."
Sheff has good practical advice in this book, starting and ending with talking with your child early and often about drugs. There is also a huge amount of information about methamphetamines and how dangerous and pervasive their abuse is in this country. I learned a lot of scary information in this book, and I'm sure it will be a lifesaver for many.
Good book, great insight, but could have edited out 20% to make it great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written story of a father's role in the life of an addicted son. I had read the son's story some years ago and happened to purchase this book without realizing the... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Tamara Jordan
First, l me start of by saying this book had me emotionally drained and each chapter was very dreadful; had me at times predicting the outcome of each event, as I can relate to Nic... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very genuine story about the tragedy of drug addiction, but it seems like the quality of the book could have been better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Weimo92
Amazing book of the true story of a fathers struggle with his sons addiction. Is a perfect mix of medical, history, the fathers story, and wondering what you as the reader would do... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Molly
Great read! You should also read Tweak, his son's perspective on the strugglePublished 1 month ago by D. Patel
If you are an addict, if you love someone who is an addict, or if you want to help your children maneuver the mine fields of life, this is a great book to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronnie Collins
Touching read for any parent. Even if addiction is not present, it has wonderful insights into relationships and raising children. Read morePublished 2 months ago by geminy