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Amazon Best of the Month, February 2008: From as early as grade school, the world seemed to be on Nic Sheff's string. Bright and athletic, he excelled in any setting and appeared destined for greatness. Yet as childhood exuberance faded into teenage angst, the precocious boy found himself going down a much different path. Seduced by the illicit world of drugs and alcohol, he quickly found himself caught in the clutches of addiction. Beautiful Boy is Nic's story, but from the perspective of his father, David. Achingly honest, it chronicles the betrayal, pain, and terrifying question marks that haunt the loved ones of an addict. Many respond to addiction with a painful oath of silence, but David Sheff opens up personal wounds to reinforce that it is a disease, and must be treated as such. Most importantly, his journey provides those in similar situations with a commodity that they can never lose: hope --Dave Callanan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Expanding on his New York Times Magazine article, Sheff chronicles his son's downward spiral into addiction and the impact on him and his family. A bright, capable teenager, Nic began trying mind- and mood-altering substances when he was 17. In months, use became abuse, then abuse became addiction. By the time Sheff knew of his son's condition, Nic was strung out on meth, the highly potent stimulant. While his son struggles to get clean, his second wife and two younger children are pulled helplessly into the drama. Sheff, as the parent of an addict, cycles through denial and acceptance and resistance. The author was already a journalist of considerable standing when this painful story began to unfold, and his impulse for detail serves him personally as well as professionally: there are hard, solid facts about meth and the kinds of havoc it wreaks on individuals, families and communities both urban and rural. His journey is long and harrowing, but Sheff does not spare himself or anyone else from keen professional scrutiny any more than he was himself spared the pains—and joys—of watching a loved one struggling with addiction and recovery. Real recovery creates—and can itself be—its own reward; this is an honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic.
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Very personal and jolting account of the impact of a don's addiction on his father. A must read for parents and children dealing with addiction.Published 4 days ago by Laurie P
Has uphill and downhill moments, oddly reflective of the son's drug addiction. An interesting perspective and enjoyable read.Published 7 days ago by Zuhayr
One of my favorite books for those of us whom love our children n believe in interventionPublished 10 days ago by Mona
I had to read this book for my college English class. Usually Summer reading books stink but this book was amazing. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Joshua Luke Lukachinsky
This book spoke to me. I am a mother of an addict, and my son is my beautiful boy. I cannot express how much this book has guided me through the horrors of this disease. Mr. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Karen Hall
A wonderful book, a fathers deniel of his son addiction. Very heartbreaking. It hits home for the families
That are going through this.
It is so powerful I was sharing your journey physically and emotionally as I compulsively read. Thank you David for sharing your experience strength and hope. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Corrine