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Tweak

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Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, a...
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Tweak" by Nic Sheff is a story about Nick after relapsing into the drug scene. Since nick was eleven years old he had been experiment with alcohol and marijuana. These experimentations eventually led to getting into ecstasy, heroin and meth by age of sixteen. Nick struggled with addiction for several years and could not hold down a job. He eventually moved to California and was kicked out by his parents. He still tried to go to twelve step meetings to try and aid in cutting back on using drugs. He has a girlfriend Lauren, but all she wants its to get high wtih Nic and make love at her house while her parents are gone. They keep getting the drugs week by week and its damaging them more than they know. Soon though as Nick runs out of money, and he and his friend Gack decide to try buying and selling heroin on the street for a profit. See how he travels through his tough life and if he can make it through to get clean once again.

 

Theme: The main theme of this story is learning how dangerous and addicting doing drugs can be. Once hooked on the drugs its near impossible getting off them. Nick grew up in Oregon with a loving family but always found his way to drugs and alcohol. Eventually his dad couldn’t live with him anymore so he kicked Nick out and Nick was forced to go to L.A. to try and find a job. Since he could never hold down a job nick went through all the money he had fast. Nick essentially explains how hard it is on drugs and the crazy things it can get you into. The best way to not live like Nick is to stay away from drugs.

 

Review: I thought that this book was very interesting to read and learn how hard it was for a struggling drug addict. I never realized how much effort a person had to put in to change their ways. This book is not against drugs but it definitely shows how drugs can destroy a life.

 

 

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Will's comment, April 12, 2013 9:24 AM
I think it is disturbing that the main character got into hard drugs at my age.
Brandon's comment, April 12, 2013 9:29 AM
I agree mr. Will. I think that it is bad for someone of that age to get into drugs like that or drugs at all.
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How Meth Mesmerized Father and Son

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What would you do if your son was a meth junkie? The Sheff father and son duo both wrote about how meth took over Nic's life and what it did to hurt them. David was always looking out for Nic and tried to get him off drugs for years and years. He would take him to rehabs and programs at first to help. He only did this because he realized he was the problem in the first place. He acted more of a friend then dad. He would take nick to parties and not really show discipline, which caused Nic to experiment since he was 11. David felt responsible and tried to never give up on Nic.

 

This relates to "Tweak" by Nic Sheff because it gives and explanation between the two stories wrote by father and son. It gives us an insight on what meth can do to not just a person, but a whole family and community. It gives us an inside look at the two stories between David and Nic and each point of view.

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Brandon's comment, April 17, 2013 9:03 AM
I think that if i found out that my son was a drug addict that i would try to get him all the help thay i could possibly get him.
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Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is a very big and populated city. Lots of people from rich to poor create a very diverse community. Due to its size and jobs everywhere, many people leave there rural towns to come here looking for work.

 

In the story "Tweak", L.A was home to Nic Sheff for most of the book. He first left to go look for a writing job. He started off as a newspaper columnist and loved to write but could not hold down his job. Eventually he stopped showing up to his job because he was getting high or trying to sell dope in the streets for side money. He practically lived in these streets unless he broke back into his house while his parents were gone. Him and Gack, his drug-selling friend, lived on the streets most nights.

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Drugs Inc. 102 - Meth (National Geographic)

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Some call methamphetamine the "Devil's Drug." Often made in less than an hour from a common cold remedy, this powerful stimulant is sweeping across the U.S. Follow a raid on a suspected meth lab, stake out a neighborhood pharmacy where addicts attempt to accumulate cold and flu pills, and meet a neuroscientist urgently searching for a cure for addiction. See the dangers of meth and the unexpected physical damages caused by the drug. You may be surprised.

 

Drugs Inc. gives a good look inside the life of addicts and how much if affects your body. It can connect to "Tweak" by showing us an inside look at the struggles and paranoia that Nic would have felt everyday Also, it makes the story more believable when it comes to how far an addict would go to get meth. Nic explained how he would sneak into his own house and steal his younger brother and sister's money just so he could feed his addiction.

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Alexcis's comment, April 12, 2013 9:27 AM
Its unbelievable how many addicts there are in the United States.
Brandon's comment, April 17, 2013 9:02 AM
There are quite a large amount of drug addicts in the U.S. who dont know how to stop or where to go.
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Beautiful Boy

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What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family?What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of ...
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"Beautiful Boy" covers a substantial portion of Nic's life and deals with the elder Sheff's struggles of how to respond to a son who he loves but who is also a danger to his family. Nic steals money from his younger siblings and gets arrested for possession in front of them, and Sheff is forced to install a security system to prevent Nic from breaking in. Nic attends many rehabs throughout the story, and even with those he relapses many times. The longest stretch of sobriety Nic had, prior to his last relapse, was almost two years. He then relapsed once again and went into treatment. By the end of the memoir Sheff tells us that Nic has been sober one year. He hopes with all his heart that this will be the last time, and believes in him once again. But in his mind he knows that a relapse can easily happen again and that it will be very difficult for Nic, his family, and himself. The theme throughout the book is Sheff wondering about how much he is to blame and what he could have done to prevent his son's addiction.

 

 "Beautiful boy" by David Sheff can connect to "Tweak" by Nic, his son, because it gives a different view of life while Nic was going through a drug filled path of life. It gave us a view from the outside in and helped explain what was going on between him and his family.

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Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction | National Institute on Drug Abuse

Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction | National Institute on Drug Abuse | Tweak-Independent Reading | Scoop.it
NOTE: This is a fact sheet covering research findings on effective treatment approaches for drug abuse and addiction.
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Chemical dependency is not easily treated in most cases. Many people feel like going to rehab wont work and isn’t worth it. If the drugs don’t kill you, the lifestyle will. The way people live in active addiction is dangerous and, in many cases, lethal. They do things and get into situations where we put ourselves at risk. Also, they engage in risky behaviors that can compromise health in both direct and indirect ways. The path through addiction can lead many people to do things that seriously affect their long-term health.

 

Reading this article helps understand why a lot of people didn’t want to go to rehab, along with Nic from "Tweak". It was a very challenging and long process that very few people can get through.

 

 

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