Highlights from Nic Sheff’s Addiction and Recovery Talk


Now eight years sober, Nic Sheff is committed to empowering teens to find recovery and understand prevention. The subject of the film, Beautiful Boy, Nic shared his story during the recent Renown Community Speaker Series. 

Author and motivational speaker Nic Sheff agreed with local mental health experts that there is still a stigma with substance addiction, and talking about his own struggles is one step to erasing that stigma for others.

Nic shared his story at a presentation and Q&A with local mental health and addiction experts at the Pioneer Center on Jan. 23. The event was sponsored by Renown Health and Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. Nic’s personal story is the inspiration behind the acclaimed film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet.

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During his talk, Nic detailed when he first tried marijuana at age 11 through his subsequent years of alcohol and crystal meth addiction. He held nothing back with details of his last, particularly rough relapse, as well as his eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and treatment for his addictions.

Earlier this month, Nic and his father released a new book together called High: Everything You Want to Know about Drugs, Alcohol and Addiction. Nic’s other books include Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction, and Schizo. Through his books, new film, and speeches nationwide, Nic wants to raise awareness and create more empathy for those who struggle with substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses.

This is the first of Renown’s 2019 Community Speaker Series. These free lectures aim to improve overall community health by focusing on critical issues in the Truckee Meadows. Previous speakers include Kevin Hines who survived a jump off the Golden Gate Bridge and Dr. Michael Greger who educates people nationwide about the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet. Stay tuned on to BestMedicine for our next speaker.

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