Host: Joe Messina
Guests: David Sheff
Topic: Is the war on drugs still an issue?
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Why have we failed to combat America’s drug problem, which impacts every other crisis from education to crime to poverty to health care? What are the most effective ways to prevent and treat it? David Sheff, author of “Beautiful Boy” weighs in.
About David’s book, “Beautiful Boy”: What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery.
Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets.
David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.
Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.
David Sheff’s “”Beautiful Boy” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and more! Find out more about David by going to his website, www.davidsheff.com 
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