Mark Your Calendars: Facebook Live Chat with David Sheff on June 15

Join us on Thursday, June 15 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. EDT for our first-ever Facebook Live chat with journalist and The New York Times best-selling author, David Sheff. He will answer all your questions on being the father of a child who has struggled with substance use, and more.

David is a longtime friend of the Partnership and a champion to many of the families we work with each and every day. His book, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction is a must-read for any parent and he will share an excerpt during the chat. Production for a 2018 film adaptation of Beautiful Boy is underway and will star Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Amy Ryan and Maura Tierney.

We invite you to submit questions in advance in the comments section below or via e-mail and David will do his best to answer them during the chat.

Make sure to “Like” the Partnership’s Facebook Page at facebook.com/partnershipdrugfree to participate. We look forward to seeing you there!

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    Amy

    June 14, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Hi David! I’ve read your “Beautiful Boy” and I love it. Thank you for helping me.

    My son seemed to develop use disorder 3 years ago (around 13-14 years old). He’s been quite on the mend over the last year, thank God, with a lot of family system work, rehab, and therapy.

    However, I am still recovering a bit from C-PTSD from it. I still have a couple of questions about that time, but what I ask him if I can ask one of my questions that I never got an answer to (i.e., “What was all that foil in your room for?”) he shuts down and acts a little angry and refuses to talk.

    How can I get him to trust that I’ll love him no matter what and encourage him to release his lingering shame around such matters? I am most concerned that he cannot yet talk openly about it with trust, and not as concerned about getting the specific answers. I know that recovery means sharing in an atmosphere of trust, rather than shame.

    What’s your advice for getting there, please?

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    Sarah Thrower BSN MSFNP

    June 12, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    David Thank u for ur contributions and congratulations on ur recent award . Parent of heroin addict, grad student at 63 for FNP w addiction specialty, attempting advocacy. What do u feel is the single most devastating barrier to addiction treatment. I struggle to get SBURT and drug ed in schools- but no one will listen or take responsibility in PA ex- DDAP says school /legislation issue Legislator says DDAP Schools dont want to hear drug crisis period. How do u navigate such a zoo of denial and barriers to prevention ?? I scream at them act now put this in M and HS or lose anothr generation ! No response
    Second : Treatment archaic and needs to follow a different model Admitting a full 1-2 years necessary for change and success I wld like to see a 2 yr program in self sufficient ” farm” where addicts get therapy, medical assist if needed and work for
    banked pay in all areas garden animal care caroentry billing etc. Extra curic in music art GED massage sports etc. Addicts need to build and strengthen ALL areas b4 te-establishing social integration SUPPORTED after care w jobs whete 1/2 first yr salary paid by state to empliyets who will hire like in portugal Do u believe this midel can work in US bc it is my dream
    Thank you for your efforts

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