We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction Paperback – 10 Apr 2012
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"Nic Sheff captures the insidious, almost vampiric mind-set of an addict who shrinks from any form of light. This book has more in common with Kafka than any recovery memoir I've read."--Mary Karr, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Lit "and "The Liars' Club"
"Sheff's journey, like his writing, is raw and compelling, heartbreaking and witty. An honest and gracious reflection about the challenges of recovery."--Rachel Sontag, author of "House Rules: A Memoir"
About the Author
Nic Sheff and his father David Sheff captured a nation of readers with their bestselling memoirs, Tweak and Beautiful Boy. These books explore teen drug addiction from two different point-of-views: a father's and a son's. Along with We All Fall Down, these two books will both be the basis of the upcoming film Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.Nic currently lives in Los Angeles, California, and writes for TV, including for the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
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I do wish, that whether it is Nic's books or his father's, people would educate themselves about this very scary epidemic and see addiction as the disease it is. Until we move this issue out of the "anonymous" position it has taken, and for good reason, our society will not give this subject the attention and funding it needs to find cures.
I applaud the Sheff family for giving this problem the voice it deserves.
It may sound odd to call a book about the tortures of someones life amazing, but, this book is. Nic lets us see every twisted, terrible downward spiral by being honest with how he feels and what he thinks, no matter how dirty it sounds. His braveness is unbelievable, letting us see the worst of him. Then, we also get a glimpse of the greatness in him and the hope that lies within. And that hope gives me hope, for him, for my son, for every addict out there.
Nic DOES NOT whine about 12 step programs nor does he bash them. He simply doesn't think they are his way. They may work for most, but perhaps not for him, or they are not the be all end all. He does participate in treatment that is not 12 step based, although he said he goes to a meeting once in a while. Since when does one thing make sense for ALL, every single person? That thinking is so off track. There is always a percentage of people that the common cure does not work for. All Nic is saying is that 12 step isn't for him, let's not crucify him for it. If he had cancer, maybe chemo would work for most, but maybe not for him, are we gonna fry him for that? I applaud how he figured out what he is comfortable with, and stayed true to himself. He doesn't say don't do treatment, he says find the treatment that feels right to you.
This book is just as good as Tweak, and I sincerely hope Nic keeps writing, because I, for one, will be buying his next one.
Be well Nic and thank you, thank you, thank you.