How do you perfectly interpret severe cases of drug addiction and also help people understand that speaking about drugs is perfectly fine? This question was successfully answered in 2018’s Beautiful Boy, a film that captures the true story of the turbulent but loving relationship between David Sheff and his son Nic. Based on two memoirs (each written by the father-son duo), the movie also sheds light on the brutal realities of crystal meth addiction and also happens to introduce a topic that (for the most part) is a taboo part of our culture. So, how does Beautiful Boy hit the drug-induced nail on the head? Let’s take a closer look at what the film’s stars Steve Carell and Timothy Chalamet have to say.
Carell: Showcasing, not Owning the Stories
In a recent interview with TIME, Steve Carell (who plays father David Sheff) explains how he did not attempt to own the story, which proved to be just as difficult as acting it out. Ultimately, Carell admitted that he did not try to be an authority figure on the subject of drug addiction. Being a father himself, though, the actor did admit he could readily relate to the painful journey of David Sheff. As he explains, fathers are always terrified about what route their kids will take in life. In Sheff’s case, he was mourning his child while he was still living, a problem faced by millions of loving mothers and fathers around the world.
Chalamet: Breaking Social Stigmas
What makes Beautiful Boy such an amazing film is not just its drug content but also its ability to get people talking about drugs, something we don’t tend to do too much, as Timothy Chalamet (who plays Nic Sheff) explains. In an interview, the 22-year old actor reveals how drug culture has become a masochistic means of glorification among young people and how many people turn to painkillers to numb their realities. Chalamet also sheds light on the fact that addicts don’t take drugs to feel euphoria but (instead) consume these deadly substances to escape.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
As much as we do not like to admit it, drug abuse and addiction are not going anywhere anytime soon, but the good news is that you can easily find a way to overcome these illnesses. For many people, though, the emotional and financial burdens of wellness and self-improvement can cause more harm than good, unless you know exactly where to look to find the help you deserve. You do not have to pay a lot of money to get better.
If you, a friend, or loved one is suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you separate yourself from these substances. The time to take back control of your life is now.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn about how you can overcome your attachment to drugs today.