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

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for anyone who has struggled to help a friend or family member in crisis, especially a parent whose child has developed a dangerous addiction.

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A memoir of a father trying to help his son, Nic Sheff, recover from drug addiction, and also a critique of the lack of effective help and care for people in crisis. David Sheff reflects on how he was consumed by his son’s addictions – something many people may recognise: “I do not relish, but am used to the perpetual angst and humming anxiety and intermittent depression that comes with Nic’s addictions. I don’t remember me before this.” He reaches his own crisis, and they both identify a route to a new way of living. Sheff does not lose sight of the luck in this, which others didn’t have, and doesn’t offer a false neatness or certainty in the ending.

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‘What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong?’

Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets.

With haunting candour, David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3am phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the attempts at rehab. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.

This story is a first: a teenager’s addiction from the parent’s point of view – a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

‘A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts’. Anne Lamott

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Format Paperback
Weight 312 g
Dimensions 198 × 134 × 28 mm
ISBN 9781471177934

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