For the loving parents, there is nothing more terrifying than learning that your child is suffering from a debilitating sickness that has poisoned the mind and body. For mothers and fathers in the United States and across the globe, receiving this news is an unfortunate commonality. Taking many forms, drug addiction is a dangerous illness that affects people from all corners of the world, but this disease takes an uglier form when juveniles are involved. At a time when lawmakers are confronting the deadly opioid crisis and teen abuse, Hollywood has released another movie that focuses on the dangers of drug abuse. Only this time, filmmakers are shedding light on both sides of the story. Let’s take a look at the movie Beautiful Boy and why it might be the educational film we (as well as millions of recovering addicts and their parents) have been waiting for.
A Father’s Love
Set to be released on October 12, 2018, Beautiful Boy chronicles the real-life struggle of David Sheff as he tries to help his son Nic overcome drug addiction. The film is based on a pair of memoirs written by David and Nic entitled Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines. Overall, the film weaves together the perspective of the suffering teenage addict (played by Timothée Chalamet) and, even more importantly, the suffering of a doting father (played by Steve Carell).
The Film’s Relevance
One subject the film (and each book) tackles is the addiction to the deadly drug crystal meth. One of the most dangerous illegal drugs on the market, this substance has been inflicting harm since World War II, when troops consumed meth to stay awake in the trenches. Once smoked or injected, the drug begins to affect the central nervous system. Ultimately, a user will become addicted to this high and build up chemical dependency, meaning he will have to use more and more meth to get the same effect.
This problem is exactly what the film Beautiful Boy addresses. What makes this film particularly unique in the long list of “drug films” produced by Hollywood is how it tackles the suffering of a loved one. During the time his son Nic was using meth, David attended Al-Anon meetings and sought counseling on how to deal with his son’s dreadful illness. Perhaps, in the wake of the Opioid Crisis, this movie will open up the minds of teens and parents to the horrors of drug abuse and addiction overall.
Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance abuse disorder or addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
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