Author, Recovering Addict & Subject of Beautiful Boy
Nic Sheff’s heartbreaking and inspiring struggle with substance abuse disorder is the story of Beautiful Boy, a major motion picture starring Timothée Chalamet as Nic and Steve Carrell as his father, David. The film, already generating Oscar buzz in advance of its October 2018 release, is based on Nic’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines and David’s bestseller of the same title. Sharing an unglamorized, authentic and heart-touching story of substance abuse and recovery that is deeply rooted in mental illness, Nic has been recognized as “a life-changing speaker.” His deeply engaging talks put a compelling human face on our nation’s substance abuse epidemic, encouraging those who struggle to embrace help and bringing hope to all who are touched by it. Read More >
Beautiful Boy Trailer
Interview with Matt Lauer
The Lure of Addiction
Addiction and Family
"Nic Sheff's presentation was honest, heartfelt, and provocative, and the teens and young adults in our audience found him relatable and informative. While it's clear that Nic's struggles have left their mark on him, he nonetheless retains an open, hopeful spirit that makes him quite appealing. He is impressive for his bravery and unflinching retelling of his journey."
"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 (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."
"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!"