David Sheff'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 wreck who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candour, Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs, the denial (by both child and parents), the three a.m. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the attempts at rehab, 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.
About the Author
David Sheff's work has appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Rolling Stone, Wired, Fortune and elsewhere. His piece for the New York Times Magazine, My Addicted Son, received an award from the American Psychological Association for "Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addiction".
'A masterpiece of description and feeling...immediate, informative and heartbreaking.' - Susan Cheever, author of Note Found in a Bottle