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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read David's other book about addiction - this book explores the difficult relationship of a family to the addict themselves. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Andy Keith
A window into the torture of dug addiction . A Heart wrenching
Account . Well written and compelling . Excellent read .
Wonderful book! Especially poignant if you have gone through this in your family, which I have with my son.Published 29 days ago by Amy Powell
I think Beautiful Boy is a must read for all addicts and their families. If you've thought of experimenting with any drugs or alcohol, read this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sherry Guffey
I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with an additive person. It is somewhat calming to know someone else understands.Published 1 month ago by M Jones
This book was so well written and helped me as a person who has never suffered from an addiction, what it must be like to live with this disease, and how it affects the whole... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zachary T White
A sad rendition of one person's experiences, too full of self pity and omitted details that are revealed in the son's version "Tweak". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Randodad