We All Fall Down

We All Fall Down

Living With Addiction

Book - 2011
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Nic Sheff writes about his eye-opening stays at rehab centers, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction.
In this book, the author writes candidly about eye-opening stays at rehab centers, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction. The text contains profanity and sexual references.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316080828
Call Number: TEEN B SHEF
Characteristics: xviii, 348 p. ; 22 cm

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StephanieOne Nov 29, 2018

Could not put this one down. Read it through twice the first time I took it out. Nic's writing is just so real. The way he describes his addiction, his struggle with his main substance of choice and then attempting to use "normal" substances to create a facade of normalcy in his life, was just so powerful and honest. Having known and been close to many people who have struggled with varying addictions in their lives, this gave me more of an insight into their struggles and reasoning.
After reading this, I went out and bought a copy for someone struggling with their own addiction. He has had to put the book down at different points because Nic's words so mimic what is going on in his own mind and struggle, it makes him emotional.
Fantastic piece of work!

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PearlyBaker
Jan 02, 2015

Blah, blah, blah. I'll give it to the kid his writing has improved since his first piece but the content was pretty boring. I'm just grateful I did not buy this piece and found it in the library or I'd be really upset. I wouldn't be surprised if he writes a third book and admits he never really quit slamming heroin and meth. At least that would be more interesting than 300 pages of pot smoking, drinking and writing. I've got to switch to some good literature just to wash the taste of suck out of my mouth. I think I'll re-read some Cormac McCarthy or someone uplifting like that.

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Averymoanders
Dec 03, 2014

This book was very good. As a recovering addict myself it was very relatable but not as cringe worthy as tweak.

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MissEavis
May 26, 2014

this was another vivid account of life by Sheff, not as difficult to read as tweak in that its not as disturbing but it is honest and well written even though the writting process seems to be difficult for Nic as talked about in this book. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to understand mental illness and addiction better.

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aplumpe
Jun 16, 2012

A must read if you have read Tweak and A Beautiful Boy. This book really helps you see that addiction is a life long disease and not something that you just choose to quit. He tells some of the truths that he left out of Tweak. Makes you wonder how many lies are in this book and if he is purposefully lying to his readers or really just to himself. The story is good but the writing is average. He writes as if he is talking to you and his slang and the use of the "word" "uh" is a distraction from the narrative.

debwalker May 29, 2011

Promoting Tweak, his memoir of meth addiction, Nic Sheff claimed he was sober. In We All Fall Down, he reveals the truth: He wasn't.

WHAT WERE YOU ON AT THE TIME?

I was smoking pot. I justified it by feeling it wasn't hard drugs.

HOW DID YOU STOP?

I came clean to my dad. It was super-embarrassing. And for the first time, I got myself into a treatment center.

WHY IS THIS TIME DIFFERENT?

I take bipolar medication. It's made a real difference. I've been sober for two years, and I'm engaged to be married.

WHY WRITE THE NEW BOOK?

Recovery is portrayed as going to rehab and being cured. It isn't. I wanted to write about getting better slowly, which is how it is for a lot of people. My advice to other addicts: Hold on. If I could pick myself up, anyone can.

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