characters Beautiful Boy A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction 107

characters Beautiful Boy A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction

characters Beautiful Boy A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction 107 ä What had happened to my beautiful boy To our family What did I do wrong Those are the wrenching uestions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward rSelf 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 him Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional roller coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help. NO SPOILERSThis is so much than a straightforward memoir about a father struggling to save his drug addicted son Most strikingly it’s a heart rending testament to the unconditional and powerful love a parent has for a child I was deeply moved by Beautiful Boy and know I’ll never forget it The account is made even tragic by how journalist David Sheff set up the narrative He started from the very beginning when his beloved son Nic was born showing well how this all American golden boy who was whip smart and well liked seemed destined for the happiest and most successful of futures Sheff implied that Nic was the kind of kid no one expected would become a drug addict This account underscores well the important maxim that addiction doesn’t discriminate Beautiful Boy is a tremendous accomplishment and a revelation Sheff held nothing back from trying to survive each day to his most vulnerable moments the tense and sometimes heated conversations with Nic his paralyzing fear self blame desperation and the torturous worry his most loyal companion As Sheff says later in the book Nic’s addiction became Sheff’s obsession an addiction all his own The memoir’s poignance comes from a raw candor Sheff is a humble narrator who shoulders some of the blame probably than he should for Nic’s addiction and he spoke with total opennessWhen I am alone however I weep in a way that I have not wept since I was a young boy Nic used to tease me about my inability to cry On the rare occasions when my eyes welled up he joked about my “constipated tears” Now tears come at unexpected moments for no obvious reason and they pour forth with ferocity They scare the hell out of me It scares the hell out of me to be so lost and helpless and out of control and afraidAl Anon meetings where he openly cried on than one occasion became essential All the while his son lived on the streets of San Francisco a shadow of his former selfSheff’s son was primarily addicted to methamphetamine and in the course of trying to save him Sheff researched meth “Know your enemy” was his thinking He included much of that research in Beautiful Boy The drug is unlike any other destructive especially difficult to uit Research has proven that it’s “neurotoxic physically changing the brain far than cocaine and most other drugs do” The brain damage may be permanent rendering the addict unable to ever recover Reading this knowing how hopelessly addicted Sheff’s son was pushes Beautiful Boy into the realm of frightening Many addicts have written memoirs about their struggles but how their loved ones struggle is of a mystery This memoir fills an important void because as Sheff revealed their suffering is life altering and nightmarish too just in a very different way They need validation and support Addiction hurts than just the addict Beautiful Boy is a profoundly moving experience

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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 AM phone calls is it Nic The police The hospital the rehabs His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in it. The Battle Beautiful Boy is a non fiction story about a fight a desperate father and a doped son embarked in a battle against methamphetamineThe refered battle could have been shorter if father and son didn’t waste so much time battling each other instead of acting as a team towards the devilish meth 😈 Not that they were kicking nor biting one another but there are other ways of fighting like when a guy does one thing whilst the other does exactly the opposite which was definitely the caseAll in all this is a book about the devastating effects of drug addiction both against the direct victim and a caring relativeAnother scope of the book is showing the aftermath triggered by the continued consumption of meth The author did enough research to scare rats sharks and elephants which is my own private metaphor for “everyone under the sun“

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Beautiful Boy A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth AddictionWhat had happened to my beautiful boy To our family What did I do wrong Those are the wrenching uestions 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. David Sheff didn't miss a single experience of having a drug addicted son He seconds guesses himself repeatedly David reads about it asks uestions studies new and old treatment loses sleep abandons himself of loved ones sets apart his life over and over again David is depressed He makes himself physically sick He can't turn to God Sheff didn't miss a fucking beat I've had this book for a year before I could bring myself to read it I regret putting it off so long