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Forum: BEAUTIFUL BOY FORUM: Share Your Stories
Messages: 5,827   Topics: 930   Last Post: Sep 17, 2011 7:23 AM,

Since the publication of Beautiful Boy, I’ve met hundreds of people and heard from thousands more. They represent millions of us—people whose lives have been impacted by their own or a loved one’s addiction. Many told overwhelmingly heartrending stories. People wrote or spoke about the ways addiction has consumed (and often still consumes) their lives. Their pain is so familiar to me--desperate and unbearable. Everyday I hear more stories. Sometimes I feel as if I’ll drown. Relapse, loss, anguish, rage, death – the stories often devastate me. There’s death everywhere. “Your family’s story is my family’s story,” people say. Over and over and over again. “But we had a different conclusion. My beautiful boy didn’t make it.” “My beautiful girl died.”

There’s grief and despair, but also hope – hope measured in years or months or weeks or a day. A woman in recovery for thirty-seven years. A girl who says she’s been sober three days. And everyone in between.

Through my experience as well as others’ I’ve come to understand the power of sharing our stories with one another. For me, it was an enormous relief to know I wasn't alone. I felt slightly less overwhelmed. In addition, others’ stories prepared me for challenges that would have otherwise blindsided me. They were no panacea, but I was grateful for even the most modest relief and any guidance.

This forum is for us – all of us -- anyone who has been touched by addiction
David Sheff

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May 22, 2011 7:30 PM by: davidsheff »
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Apr 13, 2011 6:13 PM by: Winnie »
Read my big brother sometimeswefall 8
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Read hope this is cool grad_grrrl 0
Mar 25, 2011 9:07 AM by: grad_grrrl »
Read My son's addiction newbeginning 1
Mar 14, 2011 5:44 PM by: ginamac »
Read I read your book... pickle_bob2001@yahoo.com 0
Mar 10, 2011 10:10 AM by: pickle_bob2001@yahoo.com »
Read checking in / update ginamac 1
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Read Financial cost of treatment sadbeam 0
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Read How do you KNOW? Please help with your stories agostot 5
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Read Saddened verylost 4
Feb 28, 2011 2:39 PM by: verylost »
Read i just read the book heartbroken 1
Feb 28, 2011 8:52 AM by: sadbeam »
Read Just finished the book. rrnbsn0724 0
Feb 23, 2011 1:59 PM by: rrnbsn0724 »
Read I don't know what else to do... dea287 1
Feb 21, 2011 9:06 PM by: mayabee »
Read crying mary 0
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Read Bitten to the Bone nosecrets 0
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