A Father Struggles with His Son’s Meth Addiction

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nic Sheff was a bright and capable teenager before he became addicted to meth. In a new book, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction, his father David Sheff writes about the painful process of his son’s recovery and how Nic’s struggles with meth affected their family. Nic Sheff has also written a book about his addiction called Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.

Weigh in: Have you, or has anyone in your family, struggled with meth addiction? How did it affect your family?


David Sheff and Nic Sheff

Comments [11]

Detoxer from Florida

Meth addiction is terrible and is very difficult to defeat. However, there are many more who have become addicted and we should keep in mind that much of the problem is found at our drug stores.

As the director of Novus Medical Detox, I daily see the ravages caused by prescription drug addiction created by doctors prescribing it to their patients and then the patients either continuing to obtain it or purchasing these drugs on the internet or the street. Probably the worst of these drugs is OxyContin--legal heroin.

Pain is real. I have had it much of my life first from polio and then from two surgeries. However, there are alternatives to painkillers and they must be tried first. Let's not treat the symptoms but the cause.

Prescription drug addiction is an epidemic and we must do everything we can to stop it before it overwhelms us. Education is a must.

Steve Hayes

Mar. 08 2008 09:02 PM
Harry from Manhattan

Of course Marin-raised,
But many suffer under the delusion that traditional values with regard to parenting somehow “damages” the intellectual potential of a child. Many of them “feel” their child is their equal, companion, or worse yet, friend. I have found these people transmute their political leanings into their parenting style and “philosophy” if you can call it that. And furthermore, many who would tell you how to parent, don’t even have children! Children need direction, attention, guidance and supervision. And don’t be fooled, this is not a political issue but you can usually determine the overall worldview of people by the way they handle problems in other parts of their lives. After all, it is not about it happening in conservative or republican households, it is about what you do about it once you know!

Feb. 28 2008 10:32 AM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

Yes, Harry, of course. Drug problems never happen in conservative, republican families. No excessive use of alcohol, pills, tobacco, etc.
All kidding outside; you obviously don't need drugs because you're already in a delusional state of mind.

Feb. 28 2008 09:03 AM
marin-raised from where else? Norcal

have to agree with Harry in some ways,
The Sheff story is a classic 1970's/1980's Marin County story of liberalism and feel-good parenting run amuck, and Northern Marin is the last bastion of that.
But you should see Southern Marin now... the old rock star money (which supplanted the blue collar folk who built the place up after WWII) is no more... just masters of the (globalization) universe, and their kids who are being tutored in four or five languages with intense lacrosse training in between. And McMansions that would shame Bill Graham.
New Marin is so aggressively accomplished that it makes the Sheffs look damn quaint... did I mention that, upon walking around, it appears they have vetoed unsexy mommies?

Feb. 28 2008 02:14 AM
Harry from Manhattan

Secularist, liberal; nearly interchangeable these days.
Certainly you would be hard-pressed to find someone with moral rectitude too "afraid" to show indignation at his son's drug use. These are cases where the "parent" is lacking in compos mentis, either rationally, philosophically or educationally to acknowledge, confront and help deal with their child's problem. Unfortunately when permissive people have children, the children suffer. And eventually society.
…Smoke that

Feb. 27 2008 03:03 PM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

To Harry,
How do you know that Mr. Sheff is a "secularist"? What, do you think this kind of situation never happens in so-called "pious" families? What have you been smoking?

Feb. 27 2008 02:12 PM
Carrie Waldman from brooklyn

its so hard to write about addiction without somehow making it sound appealing to those prone to self- destruction.

Feb. 27 2008 01:42 PM
Harry from Manhattan

Sorry Jefferson; Education in our time is wanting.

Feb. 27 2008 01:10 PM
Will from Oakland

things are tough out there in Marin.

Feb. 27 2008 01:05 PM
Jersey from NJ

Harry - what an idiotic comment.

Feb. 27 2008 01:02 PM
Harry from Manhattan

Again a wacky secularist allows his child to indulge in drugs because he was dumb enough to do them and he may not have wanted to impose his “new” unfounded morays on his developing son. We will continue to see more of this as the number of people who step away from traditional beliefs grows and substitute secularism, which has no real basis, for the limited moral compass they believe they should have.

Feb. 27 2008 12:57 PM

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