Nic Sheff And David Sheff Discuss ‘Beautiful Boy’ And Recount Addiction | TODAY

Nic Sheff And David Sheff Discuss ‘Beautiful Boy’ And Recount Addiction | TODAY


>>>NICK SPENT THE BETTER PART>>>NICK SPENT THE BETTER PART OF REHAB FIGHTING TO OVERCOME AN OF REHAB FIGHTING TO OVERCOME AN ADDICTION. ADDICTION.>>THEIR STORY IS NOW A MAJOR>>THEIR STORY IS NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE CALLED “BEAUTIFUL MOTION PICTURE CALLED “BEAUTIFUL BOY.” BOY.” AND IT’S GETTINGS A OSCAR BUZZ. AND IT’S GETTINGS A OSCAR BUZZ.>>THIS IS ME.>>THIS IS ME.>>Reporter: “BEAUTIFUL BOY,”>>Reporter: “BEAUTIFUL BOY,” STARRING STEVE CARELL AND TIM STARRING STEVE CARELL AND TIM SHALL SHALL SHALLMAY. SHALLMAY.>>I THOUGHT WE WERE CLOSE.>>I THOUGHT WE WERE CLOSE.>>Reporter: IT IS BASED ON>>Reporter: IT IS BASED ON NICK’S STRUGGLE WITH DRUG A NICK’S STRUGGLE WITH DRUG A ADDICTION AND THE TOLL IT TOOK ADDICTION AND THE TOLL IT TOOK ON HIS FAMILY. ON HIS FAMILY. NICK’S FATHER, DAVID, REMEMBERS NICK’S FATHER, DAVID, REMEMBERS HIM AS A HAPPY KID. HIM AS A HAPPY KID.>>IT’S AMAZING.>>IT’S AMAZING. I’M HIS DAD. I’M HIS DAD. I’M PREJUDICE. I’M PREJUDICE.>>Reporter: NICK, WHO GREW UP>>Reporter: NICK, WHO GREW UP WITH HIS DAD, MOM AND WITH HIS DAD, MOM AND HALF-SIBLINGS REMEMBERS BEING HALF-SIBLINGS REMEMBERS BEING CLOSE AND HAPPY. CLOSE AND HAPPY. BUT SAYS THERE WAS ALWAYS AN BUT SAYS THERE WAS ALWAYS AN UNDERLYING FEELING OF ANXIETY. UNDERLYING FEELING OF ANXIETY.>>I FELT A HEAVINESS THAT WAS>>I FELT A HEAVINESS THAT WAS KIND OF ALMOST LIKE PALPABLE KIND OF ALMOST LIKE PALPABLE FROM A YOUNG AGE. FROM A YOUNG AGE.>>Reporter: NICK SAYS HE>>Reporter: NICK SAYS HE STARTED DRINKING IN SIXTH GRADE. STARTED DRINKING IN SIXTH GRADE. AND BY HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS USING AND BY HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS USING DRUGS DAILY. DRUGS DAILY. BUT EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN HE BUT EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN HE WAS INTRODUCED TO CRYSTAL METH. WAS INTRODUCED TO CRYSTAL METH.>>AS SOON AS THAT DRUG HIT ME,>>AS SOON AS THAT DRUG HIT ME, IT WAS LIKE THE FEELING I HAD IT WAS LIKE THE FEELING I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR MY WHOLE LIFE. BEEN LOOKING FOR MY WHOLE LIFE. I SPENT THE NEXT TEN YEARS KIND I SPENT THE NEXT TEN YEARS KIND OF CHASING THAT FEELING THAT I OF CHASING THAT FEELING THAT I HAD THAT FIRST TIME. HAD THAT FIRST TIME.>>NICK DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS>>NICK DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS ADDICTED. ADDICTED. HE THOUGHT HE WAS PARTYING AND HE THOUGHT HE WAS PARTYING AND HAVING FUN. HAVING FUN. WHEN I TOLD HIM HE HAD TO GO TO WHEN I TOLD HIM HE HAD TO GO TO TREATMENT, HE REBELLED. TREATMENT, HE REBELLED.>>PEOPLE SAY YOU HAVE TO HIT>>PEOPLE SAY YOU HAVE TO HIT BOTTOM, AND I DID. BOTTOM, AND I DID. AS BAD AS I COULD IMAGINE IT AS BAD AS I COULD IMAGINE IT GETTING, IT ALWAYS GOT WORSE. GETTING, IT ALWAYS GOT WORSE.>>Reporter: AFTER A DECADE OF>>Reporter: AFTER A DECADE OF RELAPSES, TODAY, NICK IS IN RELAPSES, TODAY, NICK IS IN RECOVERY AND HAS BEEN FOR EIGHT RECOVERY AND HAS BEEN FOR EIGHT YEARS. YEARS.>>THE FACT THAT I GET SO MUCH>>THE FACT THAT I GET SO MUCH JOY OUT OF THE SIMPLE THINGS IN JOY OUT OF THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE, REALLY IS LIKE THE BIGGEST LIFE, REALLY IS LIKE THE BIGGEST GIFT THAT I’VE GOTTEN IN GIFT THAT I’VE GOTTEN IN SOBRIETY. SOBRIETY. IT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR ME. IT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR ME.>>DAVID AND NICK ARE HERE WITH>>DAVID AND NICK ARE HERE WITH US THIS MORNING, WITH AN US THIS MORNING, WITH AN IMPORTANT NEW BOOK THEY’VE IMPORTANT NEW BOOK THEY’VE WRITTEN CALLED “HIGH: EVERYTHING WRITTEN CALLED “HIGH: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRUGS, YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND ADDICTION.” ALCOHOL AND ADDICTION.” GOOD MORNING, GUYS. GOOD MORNING, GUYS. WE’RE SO HAPPY YOU’RE HERE. WE’RE SO HAPPY YOU’RE HERE. NICK, PARTICULARLY YOU. NICK, PARTICULARLY YOU. AND I ALSO FEEL LIKE THE FACT AND I ALSO FEEL LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU’VE WRITTEN THESE THAT YOU’VE WRITTEN THESE BOOKS — THIS IS YOUR THIRD — BOOKS — THIS IS YOUR THIRD — ABOUT ADDICTION, IS BRAVE, ABOUT ADDICTION, IS BRAVE, TELLING YOUR STORY AND SEEING IT TELLING YOUR STORY AND SEEING IT ON THE SCREEN. ON THE SCREEN. THAT’S REALLY BRAVE. THAT’S REALLY BRAVE. YOU’RE HELPING A LOT OF PEOPLE. YOU’RE HELPING A LOT OF PEOPLE. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO SEE THIS? WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO SEE THIS?>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. TO ME, IT WAS KIND OF AN AMAZING TO ME, IT WAS KIND OF AN AMAZING GIFT. GIFT. I FEEL LIKE THE FILMMAKERS GAVE I FEEL LIKE THE FILMMAKERS GAVE ME. ME. THAT’S A WEIRD THING TO SAY. THAT’S A WEIRD THING TO SAY. I HAVE BEEN SOBER FOR EIGHT I HAVE BEEN SOBER FOR EIGHT YEARS. YEARS. AND MY LIFE HAS REALLY CHANGED A AND MY LIFE HAS REALLY CHANGED A LOT. LOT. I’M MARRIED. I’M MARRIED. I HAVE DOGS, LIKE YOU SAW IN THE I HAVE DOGS, LIKE YOU SAW IN THE PICTURES. PICTURES. AND YOU KNOW, FOR ME, WATCHING AND YOU KNOW, FOR ME, WATCHING THE MOVIE, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE THE MOVIE, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE REMINDER OF EVERYTHING WE WENT REMINDER OF EVERYTHING WE WENT THROUGH AS A FAMILY AND HOW THROUGH AS A FAMILY AND HOW LUCKY I AM TO BE ALIVE AND HOW LUCKY I AM TO BE ALIVE AND HOW LUCKY I AM TO BE SITTING HERE LUCKY I AM TO BE SITTING HERE WITH MY DAD. WITH MY DAD. I CAME AWAY FROM IT FEELING SO I CAME AWAY FROM IT FEELING SO GRATEFUL. GRATEFUL. I SHOULD JUST NEVER SWEAT THE I SHOULD JUST NEVER SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF AGAIN BECAUSE I’M SO SMALL STUFF AGAIN BECAUSE I’M SO LUCKY. LUCKY.>>DAVID, TAKE US BACK A LITTLE>>DAVID, TAKE US BACK A LITTLE BIT. BIT. IT HAD TO BE HEARTBREAKING, FOR IT HAD TO BE HEARTBREAKING, FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING AND CAN PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING AND CAN RELATE WHAT YOU’RE GOING RELATE WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH, AND FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE THROUGH, AND FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST PARENTS AND YOU SEE YOUR JUST PARENTS AND YOU SEE YOUR CHILD SPIRALING, WHAT WAS YOUR CHILD SPIRALING, WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT ON, PEOPLE SAY LET HIM THOUGHT ON, PEOPLE SAY LET HIM GO AND LET HIM LIVE HIS LIFE. GO AND LET HIM LIVE HIS LIFE. WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT BEHIND WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT BEHIND THAT? THAT? I’M FIGHTING FOR MY SON. I’M FIGHTING FOR MY SON. TAKE ME BACK TO THOSE DAYS. TAKE ME BACK TO THOSE DAYS.>>I’M FIGHTING FOR MY SON.>>I’M FIGHTING FOR MY SON. IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU, LET THEM IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU, LET THEM GO, THEY HAVE TO HIT BOTTOM. GO, THEY HAVE TO HIT BOTTOM. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? MY SON IS DYING. MY SON IS DYING. I’M NOT GOING TO LET HIM GO. I’M NOT GOING TO LET HIM GO. IT WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE. IT WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE. I SPENT TEN YEARS TRYING TO SAVE I SPENT TEN YEARS TRYING TO SAVE HIS LIFE. HIS LIFE. THAT’S WHAT I COULD TELL OTHER THAT’S WHAT I COULD TELL OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH THIS NOW, DON’T GIVE UP. THIS NOW, DON’T GIVE UP.>>NIC, WHEN WERE YOU LIKE,>>NIC, WHEN WERE YOU LIKE, OKAY, I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING OKAY, I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING DEEPER? DEEPER? I THINK WE TALK ABOUT DRUG ABUSE I THINK WE TALK ABOUT DRUG ABUSE AND WE THINK, THAT’S IT. AND WE THINK, THAT’S IT. REALLY, THERE WAS SOMETHING REALLY, THERE WAS SOMETHING DEEPER. DEEPER. TALK ABOUT THAT MOMENT. TALK ABOUT THAT MOMENT.>>I THINK FOR ME, IT WAS A>>I THINK FOR ME, IT WAS A COUPLE THINGS. COUPLE THINGS. ONE WAS, IT REALLY TOOK ME A ONE WAS, IT REALLY TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO ADMIT TO MYSELF LONG TIME TO ADMIT TO MYSELF THAT ADDICTION REALLY IS A THAT ADDICTION REALLY IS A DISEASE AND I HAVE TO TREAT IT DISEASE AND I HAVE TO TREAT IT AS A DISEASE. AS A DISEASE. WHEN I PUT A SUBSTANCE INTO MY WHEN I PUT A SUBSTANCE INTO MY BODY, A MIND-ALTERING SUBSTANCE, BODY, A MIND-ALTERING SUBSTANCE, THIS PHENOMENON OF CRAVING THIS PHENOMENON OF CRAVING STARTS AND I JUST CANNOT STOP. STARTS AND I JUST CANNOT STOP. ONCE I REALLY ADMITTED THAT TO ONCE I REALLY ADMITTED THAT TO MYSELF, I WAS REALLY WILLING TO MYSELF, I WAS REALLY WILLING TO GET HELP AND KIND OF DO WHAT GET HELP AND KIND OF DO WHAT PEOPLE SUGGESTED OF ME. PEOPLE SUGGESTED OF ME. AND THEN, ONCE I STARTED DOING AND THEN, ONCE I STARTED DOING THAT, THAT WAS WHEN I REALLY THAT, THAT WAS WHEN I REALLY STARTED TO KIND OF TRY TO HEAL STARTED TO KIND OF TRY TO HEAL THIS UNDERLYING FEELING OF THIS UNDERLYING FEELING OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION. ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION. AND ALSO, THE BIPOLAR DISADDRESS AND ALSO, THE BIPOLAR DISADDRESS WAS DIAGNOSED WITH. WAS DIAGNOSED WITH. I’M ON A PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION, I’M ON A PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION, I WORK WITH A GREAT DOCTOR, I I WORK WITH A GREAT DOCTOR, I PARTICIPATE IN A RECOVERY PARTICIPATE IN A RECOVERY PROGRAM THAT IS A LITTLE BIT PROGRAM THAT IS A LITTLE BIT ANONYMOUS SO I’M NOT GOING TO ANONYMOUS SO I’M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT IT. TALK ABOUT IT. THAT’S REALLY HELPED ME. THAT’S REALLY HELPED ME. YOU KNOW, I JUST AM SO GRATEFUL YOU KNOW, I JUST AM SO GRATEFUL FOR MY LIFE TODAY AND FOR MY DAD FOR MY LIFE TODAY AND FOR MY DAD NEVER GIVING UP ON ME. NEVER GIVING UP ON ME.>>WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE,>>WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE, SAY A PARENT WATCHING FINDS SAY A PARENT WATCHING FINDS MARIJUANA. MARIJUANA. AND SOME PARENTS WOULD SAY, AND SOME PARENTS WOULD SAY, THAT’S NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL. THAT’S NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL. HOW DO YOU ADDRESS IT? HOW DO YOU ADDRESS IT? DO YOU THINK YOU DID ALL OF THE DO YOU THINK YOU DID ALL OF THE RIGHT THINGS BACK THEN? RIGHT THINGS BACK THEN? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?>>I DID ALL OF THE WRONG THINGS>>I DID ALL OF THE WRONG THINGS BACK THEN. BACK THEN. I GUESS WHAT I WOULD SAY IS, I GUESS WHAT I WOULD SAY IS, WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT NICK WAS W WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT NICK WAS W SPOKING POT WHEN HE WAS 11 YEARS SPOKING POT WHEN HE WAS 11 YEARS OLD. OLD. I WENT TO THE TEACHER AND THE I WENT TO THE TEACHER AND THE COUNSELOR AT THE SCHOOL. COUNSELOR AT THE SCHOOL. THEY TOLD ME WHAT I WANTED TO THEY TOLD ME WHAT I WANTED TO HEAR, NIC IS A GOOD KID. HEAR, NIC IS A GOOD KID. WHAT I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE SAID WHAT I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE SAID TO ME IS WHAT IS GOING ON IN TO ME IS WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS KID’S LIFE THAT 11 YEARS THIS KID’S LIFE THAT 11 YEARS OLD HE’S GETTING HIGH. OLD HE’S GETTING HIGH. LET’S FIGURE OUT AND SEE IF WE LET’S FIGURE OUT AND SEE IF WE CAN HELP HIM. CAN HELP HIM.>>THAT BOOK IS FOR TEENAGERS,>>THAT BOOK IS FOR TEENAGERS, TO ADDRESS WHY THEY WANT TO USE TO ADDRESS WHY THEY WANT TO USE DRUGS, IS THAT RIGHT? DRUGS, IS THAT RIGHT?>>YEAH.>>YEAH. WE’VE BEEN TRYING, IN OUR WE’VE BEEN TRYING, IN OUR COUNTRY, FOR DECADES TO TRY TO COUNTRY, FOR DECADES TO TRY TO GET KIDS TO NOT TO USE. GET KIDS TO NOT TO USE. JUST SAY NO, WE KNOW, DOESN’T JUST SAY NO, WE KNOW, DOESN’T WORK. WORK. CAN ANYTHING WORK? CAN ANYTHING WORK? AND WHAT WE FOUND OUT IS IT CAN, AND WHAT WE FOUND OUT IS IT CAN, IF WE START TO RECOGNIZE — IF IF WE START TO RECOGNIZE — IF WE STOP FOCUSING ON THE DRUGS WE STOP FOCUSING ON THE DRUGS THEMSELVES BUT ON THE QUESTION THEMSELVES BUT ON THE QUESTION OF WHY PEOPLE USE. OF WHY PEOPLE USE. AND IT TURNS OUT THAT KIDS USE AND IT TURNS OUT THAT KIDS USE FOR A WHOLE RANGE OF REASONS. FOR A WHOLE RANGE OF REASONS. SOME OF THEM, MAYBE OBVIOUS. SOME OF THEM, MAYBE OBVIOUS. PEER PRESSURE. PEER PRESSURE. BUT A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE OF BUT A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE OF STRESS. STRESS. IT’S ABOUT STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL. IT’S ABOUT STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL. IT’S ABOUT STRUGGLING WITH IT’S ABOUT STRUGGLING WITH FRIENDS AND ABOUT FAMILY FRIENDS AND ABOUT FAMILY PROBLEMS AT HOME, MENTAL PROBLEMS AT HOME, MENTAL ILLNESS. ILLNESS. IF WE GET TO THE ROOLT OFT OF TH IF WE GET TO THE ROOLT OFT OF TH THINGS AND ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS THINGS AND ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS AND MITIGATE THEM, WE CAN HELP AND MITIGATE THEM, WE CAN HELP KIDS GROW UP HEALTHIER. KIDS GROW UP HEALTHIER.>>A CONVERSATION WE NEED TO>>A CONVERSATION WE NEED TO HAVE. HAVE.>>THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR>>THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY. STORY. YOU’RE PROVIDING A LOT OF PEOPLE YOU’RE PROVIDING A LOT OF PEOPLE OPEN. OPEN.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>”BEAUTIFUL BOY” IS IN

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  1. Love you all so much 💓💕💓💕💓💕💓💕💓💕
    For the 1% who reading this, If just a single person reads this it will make my day! 💕💓💕💓

    Have a great life and good luck in the future💕💕

    I know fame doesn’t happen over night but I am trying my hardest to become a successful youtuber. Wish me luck!

    😍💕😍💕😍💕😍💕😍💕

  2. It'd be nice to have have that feeling for anything back ( SIMPLE JOYS ). I was thinking about that yesterday.

  3. Nic!!! Omg you've come SO far and havr done so much. I met you at I believe Barnes and Nobles in Natick, ma at your book signing for Tweak. You and your dad helped me so much through your books and story. Can't wait to see the movie! Xo ❤❤

  4. beautiful and brave boy really…….get so much addicted and realized and now sober for eight years and wrote a book……..and this book will be so helpful to all those who got addiction of any drugs ……..now lets talk why this addiction nowadays going on so common and so easily available………all government must take quick action against it spread, its dealers so our young generations not get it so easily in street or wherever and secondly we discourage smoking as it is start of every addiction ……in movies we promote smoking it must be prohibited and those who stop smoking and are chain smokers government start some allowance of like 500 dollars a month for those who not smoke and bring one to two volunteers every month to quit smoking……this will help lessening smoking also…….

  5. I’m really happy to know Nic’s story and I pray he continues with his recovery and he could inspire other youths to do the same.

  6. Never had a movie about a black dad and his black son in the same situation. Only thing media wanted to put out there was black men selling and doing drugs but nothing like this. America only cared when white suburban kids started getting addicted but when black and brown kids from inner cities were dealing with this America didnt give a crap.

  7. Nic and David are so intelligent and well spoken. I completely Agree with addressing the root causes. When I was in school and we had the just say no campaign we literally laughed because it was such a joke. We couldn’t relate to it. No one that I knew in school uses drugs just recreationally. Because if you were truly healthy in body and mind you don’t need drugs to feel exhilarated by life.

  8. I'm glad this young man managed to come out the other end of such a vicious disease, but I wish these survivors didn't get all preachy about marijuana use. He happened to have a series of psychological issues that led to abuses but that doesn't mean pot is bad, just like it doesn't mean drinking alcohol is bad as long as you don't do it in excess. Now smoking pot at 11 is way too young and that should definitely ring some bells, but this man's struggle isn't proof that pot is dangerous, it just means that people are different and not everyone will face the same struggles in life.

  9. Yayyyyyy! Im so happy Nic got married! And he's actually smiling now! He looks so much better and he's actually making a little more eye contact with people so he's doing soooooo well. Keep on livin, Nic!

  10. I will definitely be buying this book. The others were great and I respect them so much. I really hope Nic is going to finally stay in recovery. I think his bipolar disorder diagnosis was a huge step in his recovery.

  11. Just say no is better for parents to learn. NO dismissing things as harmless experimentation, NO to underage drinking, just NO.

  12. I hope that this family stays close and whatever stresses and emotional problems Nic had or still has he will continue to be able to cope with and continue to find something meaningful in life.
    What this father and son has to offer is valuable information, that many people may not know, on how to approach drug addiction.

  13. Just finished watching this beautiful, raw movie. I'm happy Nic made it through, and is still making it through. I know many do not.

  14. I just watched the film wow what an inspirational but incredibly painful story. Hats of to such a beautiful father that never gave up the fight for he’s son. So glad your alive Nic 🙏 and now able to be a great inspiration to others. Thank you for sharing & the amazing work your both doing. I agree the comments on root cause & relationship to what happening at
    home/family dynamics.

  15. I'm going to a book signing and talk on the 11th with David and Nic. Will watch the film before. Brother died of heroin in 2013. Maybe find some closure.

  16. Just done watching this. It's a good story. For those people who use drugs or being addicted into it, you should all stop, it'll just ruin your life. Life is precious, so live it and be happy. So being proud of you nic. You did a great job! =)

  17. I watched this film last night and cried. I felt the young man's pain and agony. And the family's struggle, especially the father, to rescue him. This movie reminded me of "The Day of Wine and Roses" with Jack Lemmon and Kim Novak. A Must See film. Crystal meth is such a horrific drug. It consumed the character Nic. As a late teen/college student, i smoked pot on a recreational level after finals or to celebrate at a gathering. And never to the point of getting totally wasted. Leaning toward my mid 20's, wine and mixed drinks were add ons, with a toke every now and then. I married and knew that if I was going to have a baby, I would give up all substances including cigarettes. I used to smoke a pack a week. I went cold turkey. I gave it all up for two years. We had a healthy pregnancy. I drink responsively, a glass of wine or beer and haven't had a cigarette in 29 years. I have a toke every two-three years because life is stressful and I need the release. (Seriously) Not to judge, but after witnesssing in this movie how meth destroys your body, mind, and the toll it takes on families, I have to ask why anyone would volunteer to take a drug like that?? Its just not worth the outcome to try meth to "feel good"… same for other narcotics LSD, crack, etc. But what do I know… as a teen, I succumbed to peer pressure to try weed and cigarettes too. But think the fear of having my parents find out I was using when I lived under their roof protected me from becoming a "habitual" user than being afraid of God. This habit just took hold until adulthood. I grew up in the age of time outs and also spankings by switches from a tree. Losing privileges like not to being able to be with friends on down time or not having use of the family car was not worth getting caught using. My circle of friends were raised in a household like mine. We had fun that didn't always depend on getting stoned and doing reckless things. We were lucky we weren't born in the age of the crack epidemic. No one of my buddies got strung out on drugs or alcohol. I hear substance abuse skips a generation. My uncles are what you call functioning alcoholics. They were enabled. I also think seeing them under the influence influenced my conduct too. As for my friends and I, we enjoyed music, books, movies, the arts, scouting, competitive sports, the Y and just appreciated being with our families. Believe it or not, like most kids, I couldn't wait to grow up and get out of the house. If you are wondering if we were home schooled or lived in a rural area, we were/did not. I was raised during the 60s. I am a black woman who lived as an army brat in the summer months. Parents divorced. ( if you're an addict or in recovery and reading this, I pray you have the strength and the wherewithal to fight your addiction. One day at a time. To all families affected, I support you too. One day at a time. To you all young ones who want to fit in a crowd, know this: a TRUE friend wouldn't offer you such a hard substance like meth, crack, heroin, LSD to bring you up to eventually bring you way down. Choose wisely. Choose life. Peace.

  18. Spoiled nonsense. Only white people have the luxury of being drug addicts without being criminalised and get their lives turned into a movie! Ridiculous

  19. This is something that I feel very strongly about on drug & alcohol addiction. Since the 60's we have seen such a decline in the behavior of children, we have had 5 generations now of drug users from great grand parents to grand parents to parents to children, & now these children are becoming parents. The drugs started flowing in light at first, to pretty much out of control in a short period of time. By the 70's it was like a black blanket going across the US. Mental illness I think was the root, because you can't do the drugs & alcohol without doing some kind of brain damage, as they talk about it in the movie too. Drugs & alcohol has always been a part of history to a certain extent, but never at this kind of magnitude. In the early days of the US you didn't have time to mess around or you would fall by the waste side of starvation,succumb to simple diseases, & so forth, you had to work no matter what in order sustain your family. Now fast forward to the baby boomers, to the terrible 60's where drugs moved into the tune of hippy era, pot, LSD, meth,heroin,angle dust,mescaline, coke, so many, but now double that in today standards. The behavioral pattern in this society now is everything entitlement, & I want it free.. The poor children cannot cope anymore,there is no structure, no manners, & no respect, its been the perfect storm for a failed society a long time coming.

  20. So happy he recovered and he's happy. To people struggling out there, you matter and fight for your beautiful life. Hugs and my best wishes

  21. But in the movie, the dad does give up–and it's portrayed as necessary for the parents of meth addicts… Am I the only one confused?

  22. with all due respect and wishing for nick´s struggle to proceed until the very end of a long sober and fulfilling life this movie will not help you in any sort of way to kick the habit. Out of the million personal wars out there to become sober I only watched a movie so powerful that scared me so much when I was a teen that I decided never to do Heroin and that movie was/is Christiane F. The performance of the actors is amazing, but the story in itself portraits a privileged few with the luck to have a family with money and love to spend. My wish for the future is that filmmakers and documentarists will have the balls to make movies about the millionaire clinics that have in mind the profit and the ones with little and sometimes no money that actually show positive results.I wish for anyone reading this with a serious drug use (AND THERE ARE NO LITTLE DRUG USES) problem to get help as soon as possible. ONE DAY AT A TIME. Thank you, may God bless each and everyone of you.

  23. Being an addict in recovery & watching this movie..
    it’s absolutely insane & brutal to think that’s what I probably looked like to people.. I acted in that manner.. I used for the same exact reason. It made me happy.. & the guilt and shame I felt from doing the bad things I’ve done didn’t matter because getting high would take it all away. I’m so glad I’m clean & not who I was 2 years ago.

    To those whom are still battling addiction but want to stop..
    You can do anything you set your mind to. You have to want to stop. You HAVE to change your people,places, & things. Have faith in yourself. NEVER give up on yourself. There’s ALWAYS rain before a rainbow, right? You got this.. don’t let this sickness defeat you. You are SO much stronger.

  24. I just finished the movie, didn’t realize until the end that it’s based on a true story. The most powerful in this picture is the father’s love towards his son who is his EVERYTHING
    I wish I had a devoted and supportive dad like that.
    Well done Nic for staying clean and being an example for others

  25. The mom was in his life too so I don’t understand how she isn’t here or even got invited to be in the show

  26. I'm so glad he is clean and have read both their first books and followed this story a long time. I always can't help but think of all the people though suffering from addiction and mental illness who don't come from money, privilege and loving homes. I hope there are more books and resources that become available to help them.

  27. I agree with everything said here except the giving up part. There comes a point when the loved one has to give up because their continued support fuels their addiction, like in the movie when nic calls his dad and asks to come home and the dad says I love you but I can't. I think a better phrase would be never lose hope they can get better because there is always hope but I think you defiantly have to give up trying to save them.

  28. There are a few movies that I consider really important because they enlighten, and inform the public about serious social issues. ‘Beautiful Boy’, is one of those movies. I’m hoping it wins an Oscar. Check it out. 🎥🍿🥤

  29. We need other movies about the subject. So many young people dying daily of drug-overdose leaving legacies of sadness for years to come.

  30. Considering all that he’s been through, Nic looks and sounds like he still has so much vigor for life. Good for him!

  31. I read Beautiful Boy years before I found myself living the same life with my OWN beautiful boy. It began in early middle school and we're struggling just for him to get out of bed and graduate high school now at 18. Please pray for my dear, sweet son's recovery. We are desperate for God's lessons in this trial and for our boy's life and his salvation.
    Thank you for so graciously sharing all of your raw pain.

  32. My son, not an easy home life, divorce…I tried but failed.
    He just disappears and then reappers when he wants to…I wish we had help..

  33. 'Beautiful Boy' is a fantastic poignant movie but I thought Nic Sheff was a meth addict. His book is called 'tweak'. Yet in the movie I did not see him smoke meth once. He injected heroin, mostly. ??

  34. I read Beautiful Boy. I am so happy to see Nic doing so well. Nic, I hope your life continues on its happy path. Blessings to you, your wonderful father and your family.

  35. just remember, no matter what's said after this 1:15, many kids {and many of those who are often unhappy} hear this as something worth trying, if it's "the feeling i'd been looking for my whole life". In the movie he says: "When I tried it, I just felt better than I ever had".
    That's quite an advertisement to the depressed. Whether intended or not.

  36. Drinking in 6th grade?! If your kid starts messing w/ substances that young, it's a sign that something deeper is wrong. Either they're trying to cope with prior trauma or are developing a mental illness most likely. The movie was great but didn't really address what issues lead him down this path. I don't buy that "some people are just addicts". If you wake up daily feeling good in the morning, you aren't going to use substances in an abusive way. Addicts use drugs to feel normal. The question is, why don't we feel normal at baseline?

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