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Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

Written by witf.org, | Jan 30, 2015 9:20 AM

The first book in the re-launched WITF Pick of the Month is "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction" by David Sheff. This is a deeply honest and moving firsthand account of how a young man's addiction to drugs affects his health, his family, and their community. This selection ties directly into WITF's ongoing "Real Life Real Issues: Drugs and Young People" project.

"Beautiful Boy" is an unflinching look at author David Sheff, his son Nic, and their family's battle with Nic's drug addiction. It demonstrates the importance of a family's love in helping a young addict with his struggles, while also showing that no matter how strong the family may be, they can't make the addict change. The book alternates between Sheff's work as an accomplished journalist trying to understand addiction and recovery, and his struggles as a father with the very real possibility that Nic will never get better.

Nic Sheff was a charming, funny kid, a varsity athlete, and an honor student, but he hid a growing addiction to drugs, primarily methamphetamines, that nearly killed him. Looking back, the father sees the subtle warning signs, including late night disappearances, evasions, and denials that would lead to deeper troubles. While trying to help Nic, David develops his own addiction - obsession with his son's addiction - which has additional consequences for their family.

Nic has also written about his own addiction, first in his autobiography "Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines" and then his follow-up about his relapses and continuing struggles in "We All Fall Down: Living With Addiction."

- Aaron's Books

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