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Author David Sheff Shares His Views On Drug Addiction And Early Intervention


We are delighted to have had the chance to sit down and speak with David Sheff, author, investigative journalist and father of Nic, a young man who is now committed to recovery. Author of New York Times best-selling memoir “Beautiful Boy,” Sheff has engaged millions of Americans in an ongoing conversation about the trials of addiction and the role of parents in prevention. His newest book, “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy,” takes a more scientific approach, discussing drug abuse and treatment.

In this video, Sheff uses his personal experiences and the knowledge he has gained from his work in investigative journalism to advocate early intervention.  “If you think something’s wrong, something’s wrong,” he says. “Don’t wait.”

Learn more about the steps you can take if you think or know your child is drinking or using drugs. For guidance, call our Toll-Free Parent Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373).

2 Responses to this article

  1. AddictionMyth / July 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Studies show that good parenting can definitely reduce the incidence of addiction in children. Though, good parenting is more than just teaching your children about drugs, which can actually have the perverse effect of increasing their interest (among the rebellious and risk-takers). Furthermore, 12 Step treatment can exacerbate the situation by teaching “powerlessness” and introducing the child to others in the drug culture.

    Sometimes parents in an attempt to be “loving” fail to require that their child adequately distinguish between fantasy and reality, a deficit that can later increase the risk of addiction. In fact this is the punch-line of David Sheff’s Beautiful Boy, a wonderful but heartbreaking account of his son’s 10 year addiction. (The moral of the story is that children want parents, not friends.)

  2. CSAtlanta / July 12, 2013 at 1:40 am

    David Sheff’s video on early intervention makes so much sense.
    Abolutely, parents have the intuition that tells us if we think something is wrong, then, THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG.
    I really believe children want parents to recognize it because they may be too shy to discuss WHY they need the drugs in the first place.
    All too often parents do not have the open door policy and cannot speak to their children.
    Help our children from being addicts; help them get help EARLY.
    David Sheff, Thanks for your help!!

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