It feels like it’s been awhile since I last blogged here. I have been reading a ton, but there is one book in particular that really stuck out to me: Nic Sheff’s “Tweak”.
For those of you who have not yet read this novel; here is some background:
Nic’s father actually wrote a novel titled “Beautiful Boy”, and this novel highlighted certain points in Nic’s childhood, and Nic’s battle with drug addiction. “Beautiful Boy” is written from the point of view of Nic’s father and seems to be pretty biased. “Tweak” is Nic’s story. This is written from his own point of view, and it is written as he experienced problems with drugs, alcohol, homelessness, rehabilitation, love, and sex.
From the beginning, it is obvious that Nic is a very troubled young man. He’s trying to be clean, he is trying to rebuild his relationship with his family, he is trying to keep his friends, but his addiction to meth gets the best of him. Nic’s relapse sets off a series of events in the style of a downward spiral.
I could go on about this plot line for awhile, but I would definitely spoil the novel.
I think what drew me so closely to this novel; why I felt so strongly for this, is because of my own experience with drug addiction. I personally have never struggled with an addiction, but I have been very close to several people who do. Growing up, my best friend found herself on a downward spiral of her own. A few nights of fun turned into weeks, which turned into months, and eventually years. She tried to get help, she had all the support and encouragment in the world from both me and her family. Unfortunately, it was never enough, and the drugs were always more important to her. She threw it all away, and left to continue getting high.
The events portrayed within Nic Sheff’s novel are vivd, ugly, and entirely realistic. Everyone’s case is different, and everyone who struggles with addiction all struggle in their own way. I highly recommend this novel to anyone struggling with addiction, someone close to another that is struggling, or to those who just simply want to be more informed on the matter.