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Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction Paperback – Bargain Price, January 6, 2009
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A definite must read if you've read Tweak! Read Tweak first and then this book right after. Very interesting when read together as you get the addict's perspective as well as the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Chris Jones
It helped open my and my sons eyes to how meth addiction works. It is a book my son enjoyed enough to ask me to read as well as his sons books. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
good book . i enjoyed reading this and it kept my attentionPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book is well written and honest. This reviewer can attest to the accuracy of this (kind of) narrative and the descriptions of the kinds of events that take place when a child... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Muffy
I read Beautiful Boy alongside Nic Sheff's (David's son) memoir Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines. Read morePublished 1 month ago by VioletandRye
I choose this rating because my own son has been addicted since Middle School. He is supposed to graduate from high school at 18, we are not sure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sally Sciacca
Well, I'm addicted to methamphetamine. I've been in recovery for one year, 3 months, and 11 days. When I was released from jail one year ago, I decided to read Tweak. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacqueline Gollnick