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Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

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Anthony Heald

11 Hours 30 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

February 2008

Audio Book Summary

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son’s drug addiction. David’s story is a first: a teenager’s addiction from the parent’s point of view—a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.
Before meth, Sheff’s son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole money from his eight-year-old brother, and lived on the streets. With poignant candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs—denial, 3 a.m. phone calls—the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict’s fate, the rest of the family must care for one another too, lest they become addicted to addiction.
Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.
Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award in Barnes & Noble Discover Award. An iTunes Best Audiobook of 2008. An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2008. A #1 New York Times bestseller in #1 New York Times bestseller. A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2008.

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    Excellent read! Being an addictions and family counsellor as well as being a mother who lost my beautiful boy to addiction I found this book to be a powerful work of expression of voice and understanding of the complexity of love and loss through the vast arena of addiction.

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  • Claude M

    a painful, realistic look at addiction and family dynamics.

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  • Holley Bare

    This is a must read! Especially for anyone who has ever went through addiction or had anyone they love go through addiction. Addiction is a family disease and it affects everyone who is close to the addict. This was a wonderful book.

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  • Billie Scroggins

    The Narrator's volume fluctuated too much. I would have to turn it up one minute to understand what he was saying and the next scramble to turn it back down. This seemed to have occurred the most when he was speaking for another person. When he switched back to first person the volume exploded.

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  • Tynna McChesney

    Amazing Book!! I felt like I was reading about my own life. It has taught me a lot about myself and addiction. I will read it again

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  • Janice Davis

    A must read! A book that could serve purpose not only to the victims or addictions but of the persons in the field of helping the addicts. Written with passion and severity of the pain and triumphs of a parents love for their child.

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