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Beautiful Boy

A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
Sheff, David (Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Beautiful Boy
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The story of one teenager's descent into methamphetamine addiction is told from his father's point of view, describing how a varsity athlete and honor student became addicted to the dangerous drug and its impact on his family.
Authors: Sheff, David
Title: Beautiful boy
a father's journey through his son's addiction
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2009
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
Characteristics: 340 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David Sheff
Contents: Stay up late
His drug of choice
Whatever
If only
Never any knowing
Summary: The story of one teenager's descent into methamphetamine addiction is told from his father's point of view, describing how a varsity athlete and honor student became addicted to the dangerous drug and its impact on his family.
ISBN: 0547203888
9780547203881
Branch Call Number: 362.299 S542b 2009
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-338)
Subject Headings: Sheff, Nic Sheff, David Children of divorced parents California Methamphetamine abuse Treatment California Drug abuse Treatment California
Topical Term: Children of divorced parents
Methamphetamine abuse
Drug abuse
LCCN: 2011288736
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David Scheff offers his perspective as a father on his son’s struggle with meth and insight into how addiction affects an individual’s family.

A father’s anguished account of his promising son’s meth addiction and its painful impact on the entire family is honest, raw, and full of information about the realities of drug addiction.


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Nov 29, 2012
  • Zalliyah10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Aug 01, 2011
  • snowbird922 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 23, 2011
  • SMLibrary rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 29, 2011
  • JUGEY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 01, 2011
  • Mexicap rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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