Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy

A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

Book - 2008
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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.David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs.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.
Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin : 2008
ISBN: 9780618683352
Branch Call Number: 362.29 Sh39b
Characteristics: 326p

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Zalliyah10
Nov 29, 2012

Another winner. This is really the father's take on his son's destruction. If you read Tweak this will add to your experience. It will also do so much more. If you are the parent of an alcoholic or an addict you will gain significant insight for reading this book. I believe it is a gem and have read nothing like it. I would recommend it to any parent, spouse, partner, sibling with an addict in the family. You didn't cause it, You can't control it, You can't cure it, The three C's of Al-Anon. Addiction is Chronic, Progressive, Terminal. And a quote from the book. "Addicts persist in their self destructive behavior until something within themselves- something quite apart from anyone else's efforts-changes so radically that the desire for the high is dulled and deadened by the desire for a better life". It's a brave book and in the end Sheff suggests that more money be spent on rehabilitation and treatment of addicts. Glad I read this book!

snowbird922 Aug 01, 2011

Disappointment although I know the writer is an intelligent man this book that should have been so personal lacked feeling for me as a parent. He also skipped over many details about his sons’ addiction. There were times that I did cry but those occasions were far and few between and most of the time it read like a text book. I have had addiction in my family and the book just left me lacking feeling

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SMLibrary
Jul 23, 2011

What an amazing story--if you've dealt with addiction in your life on any level with any person that you love, you will feel for this father. I couldn't put it down.

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JUGEY
Mar 29, 2011

Loved it! Read this first and then his son's story Tweak second. Great read!

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Mexicap
Feb 01, 2011

Another awesome story about a parent that will sacrifice everything to save his child!!

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