HIGH: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction

We are excited to be offering a community-wide book read of High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction. David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy (2008), and Nic Sheff, author of Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (2008), offer this valuable resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol.

The book provides reliable information on drugs and alcohol so teens and parents can make educated decisions. It also serves to raise awareness and create more empathy for those who struggle with substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses.

About the Authors

David and Nic Sheff have authored several New York Times best selling books on the realities of drug and alcohol use, including Beautiful Boy (2008) and Tweak (2007). The 2018 film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet (who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nic), was adapted from both memoirs. Additionally, Nic Sheff is the author of We All Fall Down (2011) and David Sheff authored Clean (2013).

WATCH Nic and David talk about their book and more in this short interview on the TODAY show.
LISTEN to Michael Krasny interview Nic and David Sheff about their book on NPR.


Community Read

Working with local libraries, schools and other youth organizations, this community read serves to inform, engage and connect around this important issue.

Join us for this opportunity to discuss strategies to deal with stress and pressure on youth and focus on protective factors – including recognizing mental health issues before they lead to substance abuse.

Together we can learn from experience and knowledge about the impact of substance use and the unintended consequences.


San Anselmo Library - November 6th at 7:00 PM - FLYER

Novato Library - November 12 at 6:30 PM

Corte Madera Library - November 14 at 7:00 PM

Mill Valley Library - December 3 at 7:00 PM

Point Reyes Library - December 5 at 6:30 PM

Please contact us if you are interested in bringing the program to your school.

Suggested Discussion Questions

We have created a list questions to facilitate your book discussions. Please click on the links below for printable guides for parents/caregivers, high schoolers and middle school aged youth.

An Evening with David and Nic Sheff

In collaboration with our co-sponsors and community partners, MHYP hosted an interview with David and Nic Sheff - moderated by Michael Krasny - on October 16, 2019 at Dominican University.

If you missed the event - stay tuned - a video recording is coming soon.