I saw Beautiful Boy over the weekend with some good friends. It was tough to watch, but important to see.
Beautiful Boy is based on a pair of memoirs by a father and son, David and Nic Sheff, about Nic’s struggles with addiction, primarily to crystal methamphetamine. Steve Carrell and Timothée Chalamet star in the film, which is directed by Felix van Groeningen.
I don’t often talk publicly about the specifics of my addiction to crystal methamphetamine, which began nearly 10 years ago. Generally when I do share about my journey I do so in less specific terms, calling myself an addict and alcoholic. It’s a way of avoiding some of the shame, of which there is much. And yet I know it’s important for me to be honest in order to continue to recover.
My name is Eric, and I am a crystal meth addict in recovery today.
The film accurately portrays the experience of powerlessness, the unceasing power of the drug, and its effects on all aspects of the addict’s life. It also shows the ways in which meth addiction not only destroys the life of the one addicted to it, but impacts the lives of all those around him.
I’m grateful to be clean today. And these I’m holding in prayer all of my friends who have walked the same path, with an open invitation to help as I can.
And, I’m mindful of all those who have been by my side, through all of the ups and the downs, even when they needed to detach in order to help me find clarity. Thank you, and I love you.