Father and son authors discuss personal journeys through addiction and back

Media Contact

Elaine Schmidt
(310) 794-2272
WHAT:
Father and son authors David and Nic Sheff will talk about their respective memoirs. David's "Beautiful Boy," a powerful book about his son's descent into drug addiction, and Nic's "Tweak," a compelling chronicle of growing up on methamphetamines and struggles with recovery, offer hope to families fighting the same battles. The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA is sponsoring the event. Refreshments will be served.
 
WHO:
Event speakers:
 
  • Nic Sheff is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic in his mid-20s. "Tweak," a New York Times bestseller, is his first book. His writing has been published in Newsweek, Nerve and the San Francisco Chronicle.
 
  • David Sheff is a renowned journalist and magazine editor. "Beautiful Boy," a New York Times bestseller, grew out of his 2005 New York Times Magazine piece "My Addicted Son," which received the American Psychological Association's award for outstanding contribution to advancing the understanding of addicition. 
 
  • The authors will be joined by three Semel Institute faculty members who are leading experts in the field of drug addiction and recovery: brain researcher Edythe London, psychologist Steven Shoptaw and substance-abuse programs director Richard Rawson.
 
WHEN:
6–9 p.m., Wednesday, March 18
 
WHERE:
De Neve Auditorium, 351 Charles E. Young Drive West, on the UCLA campus
 
COST:
Admission is free. Parking is available for $9 in Lot 7.
 
R.S.V.P.:
Please R.S.V.P. to Vicky Goodman at 310-825-8871 or [email protected].
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Elaine Schmidt, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations, 310-794-2272, [email protected]
Media Contact:
Elaine Schmidt
(310) 794-2272
[email protected]