Sheff, David. Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addition
Beautiful Boy is a memoir about meth addition told from the point of view of the addict's father. As any parent could imagine, watching one's talented, athletic, and smart child fall into a horrible addiction is heart-wrenching. David Sheff is a parent who many of us strive to be—loving, engaging, and well-educated--but this does not prevent his son from becoming an addict.
This book is painful to read, but it is also hopeful. While this is an addiction story of one family, it is more than that. Sharing the knowledge of many medical experts with whom Sheff consulted, he is able to shed light on all drug addictions, looking at the brain chemistry of addicts as well as societal influences. I highly recommend this book to anyone who knows an addict or who has a child.
David Sheff’s new 2013 book Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy is also recommended.