7 min interview nov 2018 – on new book – high – library hold
stop focusing so much on the drug itself and focus on why they use.. a lot of it is about stress
if we get to the root of those things..
David Sheff (born 1955/56) is an American author of the New York Times best-selling books Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy and the memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. In 2009, Sheff was included in Time Magazine‘s Time 100, The World’s Most Influential People, and Beautiful Boy was named the best nonfiction book of the year by Entertainment Weekly. The book also won the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers Award” for nonfiction and was an Amazon Best Book of the Year (2008). He was awarded the 2013 College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Media Award, and 2017 American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Media Award.
Sheff, a journalist, has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His interview subjects have included John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Steve Jobs, Ai Weiwei, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Jack Nicholson, Ted Taylor, Carl Sagan, Betty Friedan, Barney Frank, and Fareed Zakaria, among others. In addition to Beautiful Boy, Sheff wrote the books Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He has also been an editor of New West, California, and other magazines.
Beautiful Boy was based on Sheff’s article, “My Addicted Son,” that first appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won an award for “Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addictions” from the American Psychological Association.
Sheff is on the advisory boards of the Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program “designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional well-being and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide” among their students. He is also an honorary board member with the International Bipolar Foundation.
Sheff lives in Northern California with his wife, Karen Barbour, an artist, illustrator, and author of children’s books. He has three children, Nic, Jasper, and Daisy Sheff. Nic Sheff has also written a memoir recounting his years of addiction in the book Tweak.
In the 2018 film adaptation of his novel Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, Sheff is portrayed by Steve Carell, with Timothée Chalamet as Nic
“The question is not why the addiction, but why the pain.”
“I’m not going to ask you what you were addicted to,”..Only, whatever your addictive focus, what did it offer you? ..universally, the answers are: “It
helped me escape emotional pain… helped me deal with stress… gave me peace of mind… a sense of connection with others… a sense of control.”
Such answers illuminate that the
addiction is neither a choice nor a disease,
from asking google: what’s the difference between illness and disease (because so many.. ie: nic and david.. and saying it’s an illness.. and i don’t know about that.. i’m thinking.. societal illness.. yeah.. for sure that)
A “disease” has a pathological cause such as bacteria or a virus. A “disorder” has a mental, chemical, or physical cause. An illness is more generally any condition that causes one to not feel well. It includes diseases and disorders, and it can be applied to more transient maladies such as a cold