You’ve likely heard that Nic Sheff, whose highly regarded personal account, Tweak, of his addiction to crack heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs, is struggling with relapses, which he shared publicly in a letter to CNN. Sheff’s father,David, wrote an earlier book of his experience in dealing with Nic’s addiction called, Beautiful Boy.
Join Together ( a program of the Boston University School of Public Health and the nation’s leading provider of information, strategic planning assistance, and leadership development for community-based efforts to advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and treatment) carried a news summary about this on April 17, titled, “Author of Book on Addiction Struggles with Relapse.” According to the news summary, “Sheff said the relapses were due to a breakup with his girlfriend and struggles with his bipolar disorder. He said he started using prescription drugs and smoking marijuana because, ‘I just felt like I needed relief so badly.’”
Tonight I went back to the news summary and was struck by some of the comments, especially those having to do with whether Nic (and his father) should be talking about Nic’s addiction publicly. I think it’s well worth reading through all of the comments on this post — they highlight the complexity of tackling the disease of addiction given societal attitudes. [Just a reminder...alcoholism is one of the diseases of addiction.]