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Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
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Apr 10, 2008

it was amazing
Read in April, 2008

This is a rollercoaster ride of a book. And from page one, you know you're in the hands of a gifted writer. Beautiful Boy gives the father's perspective on a son's downward spiral into drug addiction. For those of us who grew up in a time and place when the the school rebels smoked a few cigarettes in the bathroom, this book is a wake-up call. Crystal meth, Nic Sheff's preferred drug, is a nightmarish concoction that seriously depletes the brain neurotransmitter dopamine and can leave users depressed, anxious, and with severely impaired cognitive function between highs.

There is hope here, too, and David Sheff's love for his son can be felt on every page. He interviews researchers and treatment experts, and effectively presents the hard facts he learns in his journey. However, with his own health and the well-being of his family at stake, he ultimately has to set boundaries around what he will do for his son, and how much anguish he will tolerate. Nic (who published his own version of the story in his new book Tweak) and David Sheff together visited my daughter's high school recently. They were wonderful, personable speakers, and the students (and parents) were rapt. Highly recommended.
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