Author of Beautiful Boy
David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and his latest, Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy.
Beautiful Boy is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestseller that recounts Sheff’s harrowing struggle to help his son Nic overcome his methamphetamine addiction. Following its publication, Sheff met countless people struggling to prevent drug use and abuse and survive addiction—their own or a loved one’s. These encounters led Sheff on a ten-year mission to determine why America is losing its war against drugs and so many of its children in the process. Read More >
A Story of a Drug Addicted Son
Addiction and Sexually Frustrated Flies
Interview with Matt Lauer
Interview with Oprah
"All of the attendees loved Sheff’s presentation. Even for those of us in the field who know this is a brain disease, there are still struggles to reconcile the destructive behaviors involved with addiction. Many of our attendees commented that Sheff’s story will help them to look at substance use, and the work they do each day, differently."
"There is nothing like the voice of so profound a personal experience to bring a message home at a level that is unforgettable. David Sheff certainly did all of that and what a display in courage, perseverance and love, which is why he is such a support and inspiration to so many. PAS made a wonderful choice inviting him in; he was absolutely perfect for this very special anniversary."
"Many people said this was our best ever; the three speakers (Patrick Kennedy, Christopher Lawford, and David Sheff) were very personable and having three perspectives instead of one was very powerful. The three speakers also did a great job at the VIP luncheon of mingling with all 31 guests. They really made that very intimate and patiently had their pictures taken as well. After the event they were all besieged with attendees wanting autographs and pictures, and they were very attentive and accommodating."
"David Sheff's presentation for FAN was a deft blending of research, personal narrative, and advocacy. He is a skillful presenter, clear, compelling, and compassionate. Our audience valued David's journalistic balancing of the personal and the political, and many were able to relate to his story of struggle and hope. A powerful speaker."
"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."
"David and Nic Sheff were fabulous keynote speakers at First Call’s 2013 Message in a Bottle Celebration at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. First Call’s primary goal at the event is to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders by letting people know that help is available, treatment works, and a life in recovery is a wonderful thing. First Call is also committed to serving families impacted by addiction as well as individuals seeking recovery, so the Sheffs couldn’t have been a better fit for us. 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."
"It was unbelievable! We had a packed house and had to rent extra tables. They each (David and son Nic) 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."
"The event was wonderful! David was great. He was thoughtful, sincere and gracious.
The students really enjoyed the events. I know they were also very appreciative for the chance to meet him and many stayed after the large event to have their books signed."
"We had 400 people in the audience, the presentations (both David’s and son Nic’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!"