Essay on Beautiful Boy

1197 Words Dec 2nd, 2010 5 Pages
Beautiful Boy

In the book Beautiful Boy David Sheff the father describes his and his family’s experience dealing with his son Nic who is addicted to the drug crystal meth. In telling his story David takes us down memory lane to the beginning of his life with his first wife who gives birth to his son Nic.

In this book I think that David Sheff lays down a great foundation into the life of his son Nic. He tells us how brilliant Nic is, that Nic has a great imagination and that all of his teachers thinks that he is a very smart and intelligent boy. But on the other hand he also lets us know that Nic is torn between the fact that he has to live two lives, one with his father and one with his mother. In the beginning it was good
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After noticing the fully addictive state of his son David is very supportive of Nic even after he relapses numerous times David is still there for him. Another aspect of this story is we know how Nic’s drug abuse affects his father, mother and step-mother, but how is his addiction effecting his younger siblings Jasper and Daisy. Will they start to resent Nic for his addiction because they are missing out on so much time with their parents and on the personal time that they used to spend with Nic before his addiction.

This book even though it is a reflection of Nic’s addiction, I truly believe that this book was about David’s quest on how to handle his son’s addiction and when he finally realize that he needs to focus on what is best for his family and himself and that he have to let Nic choose what type of life he wants to live.

As much as David wanted to help Nic fight his addiction which he comes to realize is a disease, he really can’t because David is a atheist and this in itself is a roadblock to Nic’s recovery because it contradicts with Step 2 of the 12 Step program which states “Come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity”, and the reason for this is because Nic has adopted his father’s value system.

Overall I think that this book was

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