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Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Sheff relates his personal struggle with drugs and alcohol in this poignant and often disturbing memoir. Paul Michael Garcia is the perfect choice for narrator; his stern and entirely believable voice captures the desolation in Sheff's tale. His reading is wonderfully underplayed, and necessarily so. Garcia becomes Sheff, offering a gritty and raw performance that demonstrates just how dire the circumstances surrounding Sheff's existence really were. A Ginee Seo Books hardcover. (Apr.)
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"Nic Sheff's wrenching tale is told with electrifying honesty and insight." -- Armistead Maupin, author of The Night Listener and Michael Tolliver Lives
"Difficult to read and impossible to put down." -- Chicago Tribune
"Tweak is...Bukowski and Burroughs, the heart to his dad's head -- and the kid can write." -- Seattle Weekly
"An unflinching chronicle of life as an addict." -- U.S. News & World Report
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(Scroll down for update I wrote after reading the sequel to this book)
I first read Nic's father's novel Beautiful Boy and I was haunted by how easily an ideal child can self destruct and how persistent addiction can be. I was pained to the point of tears for the loving father. The fact that Nic was addicted so young points out how insidious crystal meth and associated drugs can be, and how much of whether one becomes addicted is a biological and situational luck of the draw. When Nic's father's book ends, Nic is an in-again, out-again resident of a meth rehab facility in southern California...and likely to stay that way until he perhaps ages out of his addiction and recovers, or dies.
I eagerly searched out Nic's tale (Tweak) when it was available, and learned so much more. In Nic's book, you get a feel for just how impaired your judgement becomes on meth and related drugs. Comically, he is unable even to rob his mother's house while on the drugs, because he becomes so distracted and paranoid. Over and over again he makes insane decisions and ends up going in circles. Over and over again, we see how addiction, without money, leads to helplessness and stupidity.
I was also interested and surprised to learn about Nic's signature personality defect, his need to network with the nominally famous and become co-dependent on anyone with a veneer of glamor. Nic's journal/ Book is a warning for talented, monied, gifted, "Beautiful Boys" everywhere. Many of Nic's problems seem to be traced to his father's late development into a responsible family man who may have sent his son the message that glamor and social standing are the only things that matter. Perhaps as a child of divorce, Nic somehow feared that he too would be disposed of, if he didn't measure up. Surprisingly, toward the end of Nic's book, he receives a diagnosis of Bipolar syndrome, which may help him to break free of his addiction, if handled correctly. The intense attraction to fame and beauty, and the impulsivity and lack of judgement that Nic exhibits throughout seem to fit with this diagnosis. I believe that more and more they are finding that anti-impulsivity medication of some kind may be helpful in fighting addiction, and I hope that people who are at the more old fashioned classic "12-step" recovery facilities become more fluent in providing referrals to professionals who can make the appropriate diagnosis.
(SPOILER: BEFORE reading the sequel to this book, entitled All Fall Down, I wrote the following): Possibly the most important part of this book is the least publicized, the fact that Nic goes to different kind of rehab facility at the end, and seems to get more of the guidance he needs. HOWEVER, in the sequel Nic writes that every good thing Nic wrote about the last rehab facility and his recovery was a lie and a manipulation in order to get his book published. In fact he hated and dropped out of the last rehab facility named in this book and was still abusing pot and alcohol and was continuing to steal and manipulate in order to continue his addictions.