We recommend this…
for anyone who has struggled to help a friend or family member in crisis, especially a parent whose child has developed a dangerous addiction.
A quick summary
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.