Nic Sheff And David Sheff Discuss ‘Beautiful Boy’ And Recount Addiction | TODAY



>>> NICK SPENT THE BETTER PART >>> NICK SPENT THE BETTER PART OF REHAB FIGHTING TO OVERCOME AN OF REHAB FIGHTING TO OVERCOME AN ADDICTION. ADDICTION. >> THEIR STORY IS NOW A MAJOR >> THEIR STORY IS NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE CALLED "BEAUTIFUL MOTION PICTURE CALLED "BEAUTIFUL BOY." BOY." AND IT’S GETTINGS A OSCAR BUZZ. AND IT’S GETTINGS A OSCAR BUZZ. >> THIS IS ME. >> THIS IS ME. >> Reporter: "BEAUTIFUL BOY," >> Reporter: "BEAUTIFUL BOY," STARRING STEVE CARELL AND TIM STARRING STEVE CARELL AND TIM SHALL SHALL SHALLMAY. SHALLMAY. >> I THOUGHT WE WERE CLOSE. >> I THOUGHT WE WERE CLOSE. >> Reporter: IT IS BASED ON >> Reporter: IT IS BASED ON NICK’S STRUGGLE WITH DRUG A NICK’S STRUGGLE WITH DRUG A ADDICTION AND THE TOLL IT TOOK ADDICTION AND THE TOLL IT TOOK ON HIS FAMILY. ON HIS FAMILY. NICK’S FATHER, DAVID, REMEMBERS NICK’S FATHER, DAVID, REMEMBERS HIM AS A HAPPY KID. HIM AS A HAPPY KID. >> IT’S AMAZING. >> IT’S AMAZING. I’M HIS DAD. I’M HIS DAD. I’M PREJUDICE. I’M PREJUDICE. >> Reporter: NICK, WHO GREW UP >> Reporter: NICK, WHO GREW UP WITH HIS DAD, MOM AND WITH HIS DAD, MOM AND HALF-SIBLINGS REMEMBERS BEING HALF-SIBLINGS REMEMBERS BEING CLOSE AND HAPPY. CLOSE AND HAPPY. BUT SAYS THERE WAS ALWAYS AN BUT SAYS THERE WAS ALWAYS AN UNDERLYING FEELING OF ANXIETY. UNDERLYING FEELING OF ANXIETY. >> I FELT A HEAVINESS THAT WAS >> I FELT A HEAVINESS THAT WAS KIND OF ALMOST LIKE PALPABLE KIND OF ALMOST LIKE PALPABLE FROM A YOUNG AGE. FROM A YOUNG AGE. >> Reporter: NICK SAYS HE >> Reporter: NICK SAYS HE STARTED DRINKING IN SIXTH GRADE. STARTED DRINKING IN SIXTH GRADE. AND BY HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS USING AND BY HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS USING DRUGS DAILY. DRUGS DAILY. BUT EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN HE BUT EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN HE WAS INTRODUCED TO CRYSTAL METH. WAS INTRODUCED TO CRYSTAL METH. >> AS SOON AS THAT DRUG HIT ME, >> AS SOON AS THAT DRUG HIT ME, IT WAS LIKE THE FEELING I HAD IT WAS LIKE THE FEELING I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR MY WHOLE LIFE. BEEN LOOKING FOR MY WHOLE LIFE. I SPENT THE NEXT TEN YEARS KIND I SPENT THE NEXT TEN YEARS KIND OF CHASING THAT FEELING THAT I OF CHASING THAT FEELING THAT I HAD THAT FIRST TIME. HAD THAT FIRST TIME. >> NICK DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS >> NICK DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS ADDICTED. ADDICTED. HE THOUGHT HE WAS PARTYING AND HE THOUGHT HE WAS PARTYING AND HAVING FUN. HAVING FUN. WHEN I TOLD HIM HE HAD TO GO TO WHEN I TOLD HIM HE HAD TO GO TO TREATMENT, HE REBELLED. TREATMENT, HE REBELLED. >> PEOPLE SAY YOU HAVE TO HIT >> PEOPLE SAY YOU HAVE TO HIT BOTTOM, AND I DID. BOTTOM, AND I DID. AS BAD AS I COULD IMAGINE IT AS BAD AS I COULD IMAGINE IT GETTING, IT ALWAYS GOT WORSE. GETTING, IT ALWAYS GOT WORSE. >> Reporter: AFTER A DECADE OF >> Reporter: AFTER A DECADE OF RELAPSES, TODAY, NICK IS IN RELAPSES, TODAY, NICK IS IN RECOVERY AND HAS BEEN FOR EIGHT RECOVERY AND HAS BEEN FOR EIGHT YEARS. YEARS. >> THE FACT THAT I GET SO MUCH >> THE FACT THAT I GET SO MUCH JOY OUT OF THE SIMPLE THINGS IN JOY OUT OF THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE, REALLY IS LIKE THE BIGGEST LIFE, REALLY IS LIKE THE BIGGEST GIFT THAT I’VE GOTTEN IN GIFT THAT I’VE GOTTEN IN SOBRIETY. SOBRIETY. IT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR ME. IT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR ME. >> DAVID AND NICK ARE HERE WITH >> DAVID AND NICK ARE HERE WITH US THIS MORNING, WITH AN US THIS MORNING, WITH AN IMPORTANT NEW BOOK THEY’VE IMPORTANT NEW BOOK THEY’VE WRITTEN CALLED "HIGH: EVERYTHING WRITTEN CALLED "HIGH: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRUGS, YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND ADDICTION." ALCOHOL AND ADDICTION." GOOD MORNING, GUYS. GOOD MORNING, GUYS. WE’RE SO HAPPY YOU’RE HERE. WE’RE SO HAPPY YOU’RE HERE. NICK, PARTICULARLY YOU. NICK, PARTICULARLY YOU. AND I ALSO FEEL LIKE THE FACT AND I ALSO FEEL LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU’VE WRITTEN THESE THAT YOU’VE WRITTEN THESE BOOKS — THIS IS YOUR THIRD — BOOKS — THIS IS YOUR THIRD — ABOUT ADDICTION, IS BRAVE, ABOUT ADDICTION, IS BRAVE, TELLING YOUR STORY AND SEEING IT TELLING YOUR STORY AND SEEING IT ON THE SCREEN. ON THE SCREEN. THAT’S REALLY BRAVE. THAT’S REALLY BRAVE. YOU’RE HELPING A LOT OF PEOPLE. YOU’RE HELPING A LOT OF PEOPLE. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO SEE THIS? WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO SEE THIS? >> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. TO ME, IT WAS KIND OF AN AMAZING TO ME, IT WAS KIND OF AN AMAZING GIFT. GIFT. I FEEL LIKE THE FILMMAKERS GAVE I FEEL LIKE THE FILMMAKERS GAVE ME. ME. THAT’S A WEIRD THING TO SAY. THAT’S A WEIRD THING TO SAY. I HAVE BEEN SOBER FOR EIGHT I HAVE BEEN SOBER FOR EIGHT YEARS. YEARS. AND MY LIFE HAS REALLY CHANGED A AND MY LIFE HAS REALLY CHANGED A LOT. LOT. I’M MARRIED. I’M MARRIED. I HAVE DOGS, LIKE YOU SAW IN THE I HAVE DOGS, LIKE YOU SAW IN THE PICTURES. PICTURES. AND YOU KNOW, FOR ME, WATCHING AND YOU KNOW, FOR ME, WATCHING THE MOVIE, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE THE MOVIE, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE REMINDER OF EVERYTHING WE WENT REMINDER OF EVERYTHING WE WENT THROUGH AS A FAMILY AND HOW THROUGH AS A FAMILY AND HOW LUCKY I AM TO BE ALIVE AND HOW LUCKY I AM TO BE ALIVE AND HOW LUCKY I AM TO BE SITTING HERE LUCKY I AM TO BE SITTING HERE WITH MY DAD. WITH MY DAD. I CAME AWAY FROM IT FEELING SO I CAME AWAY FROM IT FEELING SO GRATEFUL. GRATEFUL. I SHOULD JUST NEVER SWEAT THE I SHOULD JUST NEVER SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF AGAIN BECAUSE I’M SO SMALL STUFF AGAIN BECAUSE I’M SO LUCKY. LUCKY. >> DAVID, TAKE US BACK A LITTLE >> DAVID, TAKE US BACK A LITTLE BIT. BIT. IT HAD TO BE HEARTBREAKING, FOR IT HAD TO BE HEARTBREAKING, FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING AND CAN PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING AND CAN RELATE WHAT YOU’RE GOING RELATE WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH, AND FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE THROUGH, AND FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST PARENTS AND YOU SEE YOUR JUST PARENTS AND YOU SEE YOUR CHILD SPIRALING, WHAT WAS YOUR CHILD SPIRALING, WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT ON, PEOPLE SAY LET HIM THOUGHT ON, PEOPLE SAY LET HIM GO AND LET HIM LIVE HIS LIFE. GO AND LET HIM LIVE HIS LIFE. WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT BEHIND WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT BEHIND THAT? THAT? I’M FIGHTING FOR MY SON. I’M FIGHTING FOR MY SON. TAKE ME BACK TO THOSE DAYS. TAKE ME BACK TO THOSE DAYS. >> I’M FIGHTING FOR MY SON. >> I’M FIGHTING FOR MY SON. IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU, LET THEM IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU, LET THEM GO, THEY HAVE TO HIT BOTTOM. GO, THEY HAVE TO HIT BOTTOM. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? MY SON IS DYING. MY SON IS DYING. I’M NOT GOING TO LET HIM GO. I’M NOT GOING TO LET HIM GO. IT WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE. IT WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE. I SPENT TEN YEARS TRYING TO SAVE I SPENT TEN YEARS TRYING TO SAVE HIS LIFE. HIS LIFE. THAT’S WHAT I COULD TELL OTHER THAT’S WHAT I COULD TELL OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH THIS NOW, DON’T GIVE UP. THIS NOW, DON’T GIVE UP. >> NIC, WHEN WERE YOU LIKE, >> NIC, WHEN WERE YOU LIKE, OKAY, I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING OKAY, I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING DEEPER? DEEPER? I THINK WE TALK ABOUT DRUG ABUSE I THINK WE TALK ABOUT DRUG ABUSE AND WE THINK, THAT’S IT. AND WE THINK, THAT’S IT. REALLY, THERE WAS SOMETHING REALLY, THERE WAS SOMETHING DEEPER. DEEPER. TALK ABOUT THAT MOMENT. TALK ABOUT THAT MOMENT. >> I THINK FOR ME, IT WAS A >> I THINK FOR ME, IT WAS A COUPLE THINGS. COUPLE THINGS. ONE WAS, IT REALLY TOOK ME A ONE WAS, IT REALLY TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO ADMIT TO MYSELF LONG TIME TO ADMIT TO MYSELF THAT ADDICTION REALLY IS A THAT ADDICTION REALLY IS A DISEASE AND I HAVE TO TREAT IT DISEASE AND I HAVE TO TREAT IT AS A DISEASE. AS A DISEASE. WHEN I PUT A SUBSTANCE INTO MY WHEN I PUT A SUBSTANCE INTO MY BODY, A MIND-ALTERING SUBSTANCE, BODY, A MIND-ALTERING SUBSTANCE, THIS PHENOMENON OF CRAVING THIS PHENOMENON OF CRAVING STARTS AND I JUST CANNOT STOP. STARTS AND I JUST CANNOT STOP. ONCE I REALLY ADMITTED THAT TO ONCE I REALLY ADMITTED THAT TO MYSELF, I WAS REALLY WILLING TO MYSELF, I WAS REALLY WILLING TO GET HELP AND KIND OF DO WHAT GET HELP AND KIND OF DO WHAT PEOPLE SUGGESTED OF ME. PEOPLE SUGGESTED OF ME. AND THEN, ONCE I STARTED DOING AND THEN, ONCE I STARTED DOING THAT, THAT WAS WHEN I REALLY THAT, THAT WAS WHEN I REALLY STARTED TO KIND OF TRY TO HEAL STARTED TO KIND OF TRY TO HEAL THIS UNDERLYING FEELING OF THIS UNDERLYING FEELING OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION. ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION. AND ALSO, THE BIPOLAR DISADDRESS AND ALSO, THE BIPOLAR DISADDRESS WAS DIAGNOSED WITH. WAS DIAGNOSED WITH. I’M ON A PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION, I’M ON A PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION, I WORK WITH A GREAT DOCTOR, I I WORK WITH A GREAT DOCTOR, I PARTICIPATE IN A RECOVERY PARTICIPATE IN A RECOVERY PROGRAM THAT IS A LITTLE BIT PROGRAM THAT IS A LITTLE BIT ANONYMOUS SO I’M NOT GOING TO ANONYMOUS SO I’M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT IT. TALK ABOUT IT. THAT’S REALLY HELPED ME. THAT’S REALLY HELPED ME. YOU KNOW, I JUST AM SO GRATEFUL YOU KNOW, I JUST AM SO GRATEFUL FOR MY LIFE TODAY AND FOR MY DAD FOR MY LIFE TODAY AND FOR MY DAD NEVER GIVING UP ON ME. NEVER GIVING UP ON ME. >> WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE, >> WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE, SAY A PARENT WATCHING FINDS SAY A PARENT WATCHING FINDS MARIJUANA. MARIJUANA. AND SOME PARENTS WOULD SAY, AND SOME PARENTS WOULD SAY, THAT’S NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL. THAT’S NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL. HOW DO YOU ADDRESS IT? HOW DO YOU ADDRESS IT? DO YOU THINK YOU DID ALL OF THE DO YOU THINK YOU DID ALL OF THE RIGHT THINGS BACK THEN? RIGHT THINGS BACK THEN? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? >> I DID ALL OF THE WRONG THINGS >> I DID ALL OF THE WRONG THINGS BACK THEN. BACK THEN. I GUESS WHAT I WOULD SAY IS, I GUESS WHAT I WOULD SAY IS, WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT NICK WAS W WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT NICK WAS W SPOKING POT WHEN HE WAS 11 YEARS SPOKING POT WHEN HE WAS 11 YEARS OLD. OLD. I WENT TO THE TEACHER AND THE I WENT TO THE TEACHER AND THE COUNSELOR AT THE SCHOOL. COUNSELOR AT THE SCHOOL. THEY TOLD ME WHAT I WANTED TO THEY TOLD ME WHAT I WANTED TO HEAR, NIC IS A GOOD KID. HEAR, NIC IS A GOOD KID. WHAT I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE SAID WHAT I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE SAID TO ME IS WHAT IS GOING ON IN TO ME IS WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS KID’S LIFE THAT 11 YEARS THIS KID’S LIFE THAT 11 YEARS OLD HE’S GETTING HIGH. OLD HE’S GETTING HIGH. LET’S FIGURE OUT AND SEE IF WE LET’S FIGURE OUT AND SEE IF WE CAN HELP HIM. CAN HELP HIM. >> THAT BOOK IS FOR TEENAGERS, >> THAT BOOK IS FOR TEENAGERS, TO ADDRESS WHY THEY WANT TO USE TO ADDRESS WHY THEY WANT TO USE DRUGS, IS THAT RIGHT? DRUGS, IS THAT RIGHT? >> YEAH. >> YEAH. WE’VE BEEN TRYING, IN OUR WE’VE BEEN TRYING, IN OUR COUNTRY, FOR DECADES TO TRY TO COUNTRY, FOR DECADES TO TRY TO GET KIDS TO NOT TO USE. GET KIDS TO NOT TO USE. JUST SAY NO, WE KNOW, DOESN’T JUST SAY NO, WE KNOW, DOESN’T WORK. WORK. CAN ANYTHING WORK? CAN ANYTHING WORK? AND WHAT WE FOUND OUT IS IT CAN, AND WHAT WE FOUND OUT IS IT CAN, IF WE START TO RECOGNIZE — IF IF WE START TO RECOGNIZE — IF WE STOP FOCUSING ON THE DRUGS WE STOP FOCUSING ON THE DRUGS THEMSELVES BUT ON THE QUESTION THEMSELVES BUT ON THE QUESTION OF WHY PEOPLE USE. OF WHY PEOPLE USE. AND IT TURNS OUT THAT KIDS USE AND IT TURNS OUT THAT KIDS USE FOR A WHOLE RANGE OF REASONS. FOR A WHOLE RANGE OF REASONS. SOME OF THEM, MAYBE OBVIOUS. SOME OF THEM, MAYBE OBVIOUS. PEER PRESSURE. PEER PRESSURE. BUT A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE OF BUT A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE OF STRESS. STRESS. IT’S ABOUT STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL. IT’S ABOUT STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL. IT’S ABOUT STRUGGLING WITH IT’S ABOUT STRUGGLING WITH FRIENDS AND ABOUT FAMILY FRIENDS AND ABOUT FAMILY PROBLEMS AT HOME, MENTAL PROBLEMS AT HOME, MENTAL ILLNESS. ILLNESS. IF WE GET TO THE ROOLT OFT OF TH IF WE GET TO THE ROOLT OFT OF TH THINGS AND ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS THINGS AND ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS AND MITIGATE THEM, WE CAN HELP AND MITIGATE THEM, WE CAN HELP KIDS GROW UP HEALTHIER. KIDS GROW UP HEALTHIER. >> A CONVERSATION WE NEED TO >> A CONVERSATION WE NEED TO HAVE. HAVE. >> THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR >> THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY. STORY. YOU’RE PROVIDING A LOT OF PEOPLE YOU’RE PROVIDING A LOT OF PEOPLE OPEN. OPEN. >> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. >> "BEAUTIFUL BOY" IS IN

35 comments

  1. 'Beautiful Boy' is a fantastic poignant movie but I thought Nic Sheff was a meth addict. His book is called 'tweak'. Yet in the movie I did not see him smoke meth once. He injected heroin, mostly. ??

  2. My son, not an easy home life, divorce…I tried but failed.
    He just disappears and then reappers when he wants to…I wish we had help..

  3. I read Beautiful Boy years before I found myself living the same life with my OWN beautiful boy. It began in early middle school and we're struggling just for him to get out of bed and graduate high school now at 18. Please pray for my dear, sweet son's recovery. We are desperate for God's lessons in this trial and for our boy's life and his salvation.
    Thank you for so graciously sharing all of your raw pain.

  4. Considering all that he’s been through, Nic looks and sounds like he still has so much vigor for life. Good for him!

  5. We need other movies about the subject. So many young people dying daily of drug-overdose leaving legacies of sadness for years to come.

  6. I PRAISE GOD NIC IS IN RECOVERY, WINNING ONE DAY AT A TIME. I AM PRAYING FOR YOU TO CONTINUE TO WIN THE DAY EVERY DAY !

  7. There are a few movies that I consider really important because they enlighten, and inform the public about serious social issues. ‘Beautiful Boy’, is one of those movies. I’m hoping it wins an Oscar. Check it out. 🎥🍿🥤

  8. I agree with everything said here except the giving up part. There comes a point when the loved one has to give up because their continued support fuels their addiction, like in the movie when nic calls his dad and asks to come home and the dad says I love you but I can't. I think a better phrase would be never lose hope they can get better because there is always hope but I think you defiantly have to give up trying to save them.

  9. I'm so glad he is clean and have read both their first books and followed this story a long time. I always can't help but think of all the people though suffering from addiction and mental illness who don't come from money, privilege and loving homes. I hope there are more books and resources that become available to help them.

  10. The mom was in his life too so I don’t understand how she isn’t here or even got invited to be in the show

  11. I just finished the movie, didn’t realize until the end that it’s based on a true story. The most powerful in this picture is the father’s love towards his son who is his EVERYTHING
    I wish I had a devoted and supportive dad like that.
    Well done Nic for staying clean and being an example for others

  12. Being an addict in recovery & watching this movie..
    it’s absolutely insane & brutal to think that’s what I probably looked like to people.. I acted in that manner.. I used for the same exact reason. It made me happy.. & the guilt and shame I felt from doing the bad things I’ve done didn’t matter because getting high would take it all away. I’m so glad I’m clean & not who I was 2 years ago.

    To those whom are still battling addiction but want to stop..
    You can do anything you set your mind to. You have to want to stop. You HAVE to change your people,places, & things. Have faith in yourself. NEVER give up on yourself. There’s ALWAYS rain before a rainbow, right? You got this.. don’t let this sickness defeat you. You are SO much stronger.

  13. This story, like many stories involving drugs, is not just about drugs. It's about mental health, too. 5:59.

  14. with all due respect and wishing for nick´s struggle to proceed until the very end of a long sober and fulfilling life this movie will not help you in any sort of way to kick the habit. Out of the million personal wars out there to become sober I only watched a movie so powerful that scared me so much when I was a teen that I decided never to do Heroin and that movie was/is Christiane F. The performance of the actors is amazing, but the story in itself portraits a privileged few with the luck to have a family with money and love to spend. My wish for the future is that filmmakers and documentarists will have the balls to make movies about the millionaire clinics that have in mind the profit and the ones with little and sometimes no money that actually show positive results.I wish for anyone reading this with a serious drug use (AND THERE ARE NO LITTLE DRUG USES) problem to get help as soon as possible. ONE DAY AT A TIME. Thank you, may God bless each and everyone of you.

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