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Substance Use/Abuse

Nic Sheff & Jessica Lahey

Understanding and Preventing Addiction: Beautiful Boy

Virtual Event

Teenager Nic Sheff seemed to have it all. He had good grades, participated in arts, acting and athletics and served as the editor of the school paper. But Nic was drunk for the first time at age eleven, and in the years that followed he developed addictions to many hard drugs.

Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking and true story of his road to recovery—filled with everything you would ever want to know about drugs, alcohol and addiction.

Don’t miss this special fireside chat when Nic will share anecdotes from other families experiencing addiction heartbreak and provide information kids need to know about what it means to be a young person using substances. By candidly revealing his own failures and small personal triumphs, Nic inspires his audience to maintain hope and to remember that they are not alone in their battles.

Nic Sheff’s publications include “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines,” “We All Fall Down,” and his father’s memoir about him, “Beautiful Boy,” which was the basis of the film Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. David Sheff, Nic’s father, has presented for GPS on several occasions, and we are delighted to now welcome his son Nic for this very special event. Nic lives in Los Angeles, California where he writes for film and television.

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In Conversation With…

Sheff will be in conversation with Jessica Lahey. Lahey is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, and the New York Times and is the author of the New York Times bestselling books, “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed” and “The Addition Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence.”


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