Authors & Substance Abuse Advocates
Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would smoke pot regularly, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to methamphetamines and heroin. Nic’s father, David Sheff, a renowned journalist who has written for The New York Times, Wired, Fortune and Rolling Stone, never gave up hope and helped his son battle and overcome his dangerous addictions. Read More >
On Prevention: You Need to Treat the Cause of Addiction, Not the Symptoms
Interview with Matt Lauer - David Sheff
A Story of a Drug Addicted Son
Addiction and Sexually Frustrated Flies
Interview with Oprah
Addiction not only kills more people than any disease other than cancer and heart disease, it’s the number-one cause of non-natural death. As tragic as gun violence is, it takes about 15,000 lives a year while addiction takes 115,000. That’s 320 people a day. But addiction often causes or exacerbates gun violence and other issues. In some communities, 80 percent of crime is related to drug use. Addicts commit crimes on drugs and for drugs. Author and speaker David Sheff has dedicated his life to advocating addiction prevention and rehabilitation and discusses how taking action against this one issue would curb a host of other problems, such as gun violence, domestic abuse, and other social ills.
Realizing that killing himself would not just affect his own life but affect those who loved him helped bring speaker Nic Sheff back from a drug-infused abyss. Knowing firsthand the perils of abuse, today Sheff reaches out to those facing the same struggles. His book, Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, reassures young people in similar situations that they are not alone. By sharing his harrowing yet inspirational story in his book and in presentations, he shares his message that those battling addiction are not stuck in a vacuum—somebody out there loves them and will help them come back to the surface.
Addicts don’t stop caring about the people they love. But as addiction takes over, it commands a person’s mind and body to the point where all they can think about is getting the drugs into their system while loved ones are sidelined, feeling helpless. In this powerful presentation, speaker David Sheff shares the story of his son Nic’s addition and the impact it has had on their family. Based on his New York Times best-selling book, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, and his son Nic’s bestseller, Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, they tell the story from both sides of addiction in this riveting presentation.
In this keynote presentation, David Sheff, author of the best-selling Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, bridges the gap between the new science, traditional techniques, and personal responsibilities involved in addiction treatment. Read More >
Sheff combines the science of addiction treatment with real world experiences to provide audiences with useful strategies and an essential understanding of those who enter treatment. Breaking away from traditional programs such as 12 Step, he acknowledges that some treatments may work for many but do not work for all. In a close examination of addiction therapy and of the latest addiction medicines, Sheff explores how drugs work on the brain and how we can better treat addicts. Read Less ^
Having devoted recent research to exploring the topic of prevention, speaker David Sheff is at the forefront of what has become a main focus on addressing addiction. The basis for his forthcoming book, The Thirteenth Step, his findings look at the driving forces behind addictive behaviors, noting that most drug and alcohol use isn’t about the drugs and alcohol, but rather about life. In understanding that, we can finally find an effective way forward in successfully preventing addiction.
"It was unbelievable! We had a packed house and had to rent extra tables. They each (Nic and his father David) did an amazing job and the audience fell in love with them. Thank you so much for all of your help in making this the perfect event for C.A.R.E."
"Together, David and Nic Sheff created a unique experience for our audience. David's story of a parent caught in the nightmare of his son's addiction, and Nic's devastating recounting of his intense struggle to get clean and stay clean made for a riveting dual presentation. David and Nic's love for each other was clearly evident; their respect for each other is hard-won and inspiring. Both adults and adolescents found enormous value in David and Nic Sheff's perspectives on addiction, treatment, and staying clean."
'We had 400 people in the audience, the presentations (both Nic’s and his father David’s) were beautiful and riveting and we could have been there all night answering all the questions in the room. David and Nic are incredible people. Thanks again!"
"As speakers, they moved our audience and motivated them for change. As individuals, I watched both David and Nic engage with our guests deeply and personally, again and again, with profound presence—something I’ve rarely witnessed with guest speakers. We are so grateful that they could join us. David and Nic Sheff are ideal advocates for our cause and champions of hope."