'Tweak' author Nic Sheff on relapse
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Nic Sheff loved drugs.
Crack. Powdered cocaine. Ecstasy. Heroin. And his favorite, crystal methamphetamine.
"When I did crystal meth for the first time, it was like the answer to my problems. I felt strong and confident, just like a superstar or something," said Sheff, who is 26.
He kicked his addiction and wrote "Tweak," a popular book about the toll drugs took on his life. His recovery looked like a success. Everyone, including Sheff, thought he had beaten his disease.
But he went over the edge again. He relapsed last May and again in October.
This large article on CNN talks about the difficulties of trying to kick addiction even when you're successful and have tons of support. But then again, this is a family that has made addiction a public badge of shame. Nic's father David Sheff published "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction
." And even though Nic is a recovering addict in the spotlight who often speaks on addiction and recovery, he has no real words of wisdom to offer for people in his situation.
"You know, it doesn't make sense. It's not fun. At a certain point, it's not even giving me that relief anymore. It's just this compulsion that I can't break. In that sense, I'll always be a drug addict," Sheff said.