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

By David Sheff

What had occurred to my appealing boy? To our relations? What did I do unsuitable? these are the wrenching questions that haunted each second of David Sheff’s trip via his son Nic’s habit to medicines and tentative steps towards restoration. sooner than Nic Sheff turned hooked on crystal meth, he used to be a captivating boy, joyous and humorous, a varsity athlete and honor scholar cherished via his more youthful siblings. After meth, he was once a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived at the streets. David Sheff lines the 1st refined symptoms: the denial, the three A.M. telephone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic turned an habit in itself, and the obsessive fear and pressure took a massive toll. yet as a journalist, he instinctively researched each street of therapy that may keep his son and refused to renounce on Nic.
Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a toddler who turns out past help.

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