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Publisher's Summary

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.
You can also hear Sheff's son's perspective in his memoir: Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines.
©2007 David Sheff (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 04-03-10

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Bev K. on 05-06-10

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Laura Croft on 07-09-18

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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3 out of 5 stars
By ania on 03-16-18

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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