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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 wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, 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.

©2007 David Sheff (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Sheff does not spare himself or anyone else from keen professional scrutiny any more than he was himself spared the pains and joys of watching a loved one struggling with addiction and recovery....This is an honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Happy Reader
  • 26 11 2012

Been There

My own son is addicted to drugs (though not meth) and alcohol. He read this book and insisted that I did. I admit, the first half of the book was horribly painful for me. It was as if I was reading about my own family and their struggles. However, it got me to admit things to myself that I had not been able to previously. I know from experience that this book is as painfully honest as it gets. By the end, I was nodding. Yes, there is only so much I can do for my son, but, I can deal with my addiction to his addiction in the most positive way possible. I can help myself. Well done Mr. Sheff!

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  • Bev K.
  • 06 05 2010

A Gripping Story

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing this book read. I had heard the author and his son, the subject of the book, interviewed on NPR when the book first came out and the story stayed with me for a year before I decided to download the book. For anyone who has lived with a loved one who has an addiction problem, I think it is a necessary read. The story was eloquently told and all of the facts about meth addiction were explained in a way that I had never before understood to this degree. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Amanda
  • 03 04 2010

Terrifyingly real...

Sheff recounts in amazing detail, the horror he and his family continue to endure through his son's ongoing meth addiction.I found myself leaving earlier in the morning to catch the traffic jam, just so I could listen for longer.

As a professional of the medical world, I found his research and explanations excellent and pharmacologically accurate (as you'd expect of a journalist).

I loved this book, although I understand the agony and hopelessness Sheff expresses at times may be overwhelming to some - this really is the world that meth creates. Sheff does make some significant realisations on his journey which would assist anyone who also has a loved one with methamphetamine addiction.

I look forward to now reading/listening to Nick's account although I am terrified that by doing so I may be feeding the very habit he's trying to quit.

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  • Beverly Low
  • 22 04 2016

everything...

I was honestly afraid to read this book, it's one thing to have been an addict, but totally different to feel the feelings of the parent or parents. First let me say that the narration was so good! David Sheff delivers a no nonsense and honest account of the horrors of being a parent of an addict. Sometimes it is hard to listen to and sometimes wonderful and funny. Well that is the world of addiction in a nutshell I guess. There are no answers here, but there are none anywhere. What I did get was strength, David does so much research and absolutely exhausts himself trying to help his beautiful boy. This book really delves into what this disease does to the whole family, I am so glad that I read it, I am so grateful to be alive and that more information continues to come to light. Will we ever stop this epidemic? I don't know, but we can never stop trying!!!

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  • Book and Movie Lover
  • 13 03 2008

Painful and honest account

This account by David Sheff about his son Nick's meth addiction was lengthy but riveting nontheless. The account leaves nothing out, starting with Nick as a baby, young child, school-age, middle school, teenager. This detail is offered apparently to give the reader an open look at Nick's life and see that drug addiction can happen to anyone. (Nick was very bright, great athlete, artistic, funny, charming, had it all). Nick experimented with marijuana and alcohol at around age 12 or 13 and graduated to other drugs as he got older. Eventually he settled on meth (speed) as his drug of choice. As any parent, David wanted to believe the best about his son so when his son said he was not using drugs he believed him until forced to acknowledge that he had been using all along. Like any parent, he wanted to believe his son was not a liar and under normal conditions (not high/using), his son was not a liar. He tried everything to manipulate his son to become a good non-drug using citizen, put him in rehab after rehab, chased him all around California, begged, cajoled, threatened jail, and was just obsessed with knowing where Nick was even when it was obvious Nick was bent on self-destruction. Perhaps the most startling part of the book was after David had a stroke and was in the hospital intensive care ward. He couldn't remember his name, or even the year (thought it was 2015), but he was obsessed with being able to call and check on Nick. He kept telling the nurse he had to call Nick to find out how he was. After all the rehabs and efforts by the family, he finally had to just give up and put Nick's life into his own hands. Very interesting book for anyone who might have a drug user in the family. Offers some interesting insights, especially should help alleviate guilt felt by parents of users who blame themselves for a child's addiction.

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  • Roxanne
  • 24 12 2008

Honest and Heartbreaking Rollercoaster

Amazing! The author was able to put my life in a book and we have never met. Any parent of an addict who needs assurance that they are not alone in their struggles will find themselves in this book. Any person thinking of having children needs to read this first to open their mind up to the possibility that no matter how much someone loves their children there are no guarantees of happiness. Thank you for putting my feelings into words.

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  • KathrynVB
  • 06 03 2019

Harrowing story. Narrator not best.

I've enjoyed this narrator in other books, but not here. It's a troubling story and he brings too many histrionics to it. I grew tired of his drama. The book is otherwise excellent and has good information for addicts and those who love them.

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  • Denise Robertson
  • 28 10 2018

Everything

My beautiful boy lost his fight April 12, 2016. So much of this story brings me back to our life on his roller coaster. I found myself holding my breath throughout the book and anxious to hear how or if Nick survived. Thank you for sharing and expressing some moments that are so hard to articulate to those unaffected by an addict.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 29 06 2016

High anxiety (pun intended)

The level of anxiety this book gives the reader is unprecedented. It really does put you in the life and state of mind of a person coping with a loved one's battle with addiction. You feel the depression, the hopelessness and the fury that a family endures. It delved a little too long in certain personal history reflections and small memories that seemed like filler in some places. What I enjoyed most is that it wasn't just about portraying the horrors of addiction (like many reality shows or movies give a minute glimpse of) but also trying to understand some, or any, aspect of addiction. I learned much more than expected about the by-products of meth and the environment, about the "industry of recovery," the function of the brain, and statistics of current use. Even more alarming, or rather how you are forced to admit, is that for all we know, we still don't know much. The whys and hows are overwhelming. This book reaffirms life, and especially parenting, should come with a manual.

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  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd (Mrs Mommy Booknerds Book Reviews) #MMBBR
  • 03 03 2016

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This is a heartbreaking tale of a son's descent into drugs and alcohol through the eyes of the father. It is frightening, raw, honest and compelling, I feel that it is every parents fear that their child will be taken down the dark road of drugs. I applaud Sheff for writing this and helping so many people who are dealing with the terrible disease of addiction. It was both inspiring and heartbreaking. A must read/listen for every parent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22 05 2019

gripping and powerful very relatable

did not want to put it down. felt the raw pain of a father struggling to hold onto his son and all the dreams he had for his first born

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  • MrG
  • 16 04 2019

Diary of an Addict’s Father

Excellent performance from Anthony Heald.

As for the book, I thought of my brother whether he’s recovered or a functioning meths addict. In Malaysia, we called it ‘batu’ as it looks like stone. I guess it’s easier to say to your parents if your brother is using to cut him off completely but as Sheff said, it’s unconditional love parents have for their children.
There are numerous of ideas and reading provided by the author except I felt it that it reads as a research paper that he’s submitted to New York Times. It is personal but it’s not at the same time. I as a reader would love to hear and read more of his feelings and his relationship with his son even more as it brought tears to my eyes when he wrote about his hopelessness, hopefulness, disparity and love towards his son.
Stories about Jasper and Daisy is a great angle as they’re the affected characters. This, too, brought tears to my eyes as I’ve seen children in school, being a teacher, suffering from family members whom are using.
In a nutshell, David Sheff, I adore your courage and love towards your son and getting through it.

Love x

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  • M. Ludlam
  • 19 03 2019

Wonderful, interesting read

I learnt so much from this moving book. An emotive, informative, and interesting read. I loved it!

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  • mindthegap
  • 20 11 2018

Excellent

Heart wrenching - a clear honest portrayal - showing the full spectrum of addictive behaviour from the beginnings to the varying ends - listened to in 3 sittings -

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  • Laura Croft
  • 09 07 2018

Hard Hitting

Great narration and story, even if it does get a bit 'self help' and 'facts and figures' in some places.

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  • ania
  • 16 03 2018

Not as good as his son book

I have read the son story and liked it a lot so I decided to read the father's point of view. Unfortunatelly the book wasnt as good. I found his son's book much more interesting and involving and, I believe, he is a better writer. However, I could only admire the father for his honesty, insightfulness and self critisism.

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  • J. PERRY
  • 10 03 2018

Truly beautiful

Like so many others this is also my story. David Sheff captures exactly how it is to have an addict in the family It is a must read for every mother father son daughter lover and friend. Read it learn and give thanks for such eloquence and honesty. It’s also a damn good read.

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  • Parker
  • 16 04 2019

Tedious, Labyrinthine and Lacking Momentum

I really wanted to like this one, but I am finding it so hard to get through. The author goes into so much unnecessary detail and on so many irrelevant tangents that it’s difficult to maintain interest. The first 3 hours of the audiobook feel like an auto-biography of the father himself rather than an account of the son’s struggles. There’s still no sign of the son’s addiction coming to the forefront and I’m not sure I have the interest to keep going.

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