NIC AND DAVID SHEFF David Sheff and his son, Nic Sheff, are both authors whose memoirs about their family’s devastating experience with substance use disorders inspired the feature film Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.
David is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Outside, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Playboy and Esquire. He has authored several books about addiction, the video game industry and the Internet revolution in China. His Amazon Book of the Year, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, was a number-one New York Times bestseller and won an award from the American Psychological Association for its contribution to the understanding of addiction. The book provided the film’s title and helped launch him as an advocate for families struggling with substance use disorder.
Nic is a film and TV writer whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Nerve and the San Francisco Chronicle. He also wrote, story-edited and co-produced several episodes of the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. He has written two books about his experience recovering from an addiction to methamphetamines. His New York Times bestselling memoir Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines provided source material for the film.
David and Nic also collaborated on High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction, which was published in January 2019 and is a resource for middle-school readers about the realities of drug and alcohol addictions.
David Sheff and Nic Sheff will receive the 2019 Beatrice Media Award for all they have done to erase the stigma of what is possibly the most stigmatized mental illness—substance use disorder.