Hey NJ and NY! If you loved or hated the Philip Seymour Hoffman blog, go see this guy!

David Sheff, best-selling author of ‘Beautiful Boy’ and ‘Clean’ will be in Northvale, NJ for a book signing on 3/12 and in Shrub, NY for a presentation about the recent epidemic of opiate overdoses  co-hosted by the foundation Drug Crisis in our Backyard and Phoenix House  on 3/13.

See his website, DavidSheff.com for details.

He’s a great speaker and gives over lots of good information. 5 yrs of research went into his book. Even if you disagree with everything I wrote, he can answer your questions. It was worth every minute I spent in traffic to see him.

Please go, and write me here and tell us how it was for you.  He’s headed for Winnipeg afterwards. Any Canadians able to check him out?

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David Sheff signing books @ UCLA

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Hey, L.A.! If you loved or hated my blog post on Philip Seymour Hoffman, go hear this guy!

ImageDavid Sheff, best-selling author of the memoir “Beautiful Child” and “Clean” is in town to discuss addiction prevention and treatment. You can catch him on Monday night at a book signing and discussion in West Hollywood and/or Tuesday night in Westwood  on a panel with the Director of UCLA’s Addiction Medicine Clinic.
 
On Monday evening in LA, please join David Sheff for a conversation about addiction, America’s greatest tragedy, at Book Soup, the awesome bookstore in West Hollywood. 7 PM. — at Book Soup. 8818 Sunset Blvd.
 
And….
 
Dr. Timothy Feng and author David Sheff will be in conversation Tuesday evening, 7 PM, at UCLA, presented by the Friends of the Semel Institute. Please join us. They’ll be talking about preventing and treating addiction, America’s greatest tragedy. RSVP @ http://www.friendsofnpi.org in order to get free tickets.
 
David Sheff is a professional writer whose research and reporting on the science of addiction has placed him on Time Magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people. His writing is NOT clumsy (like mine) and no doubt hearing him speak will clear up any questions or problems you might have with the concept of addicts losing free will and the ability to make good choices in the moment.
 
I’ve never read him, but I just got a copy of “Clean” and the bibliography has 331 research citations!! For a research nerd like myself, this is as good as it gets. For those of you who don’t have the time or inclination to digest 335 pages, plus 43 pages of appendix, bibliography and index, I’ll be taking notes and boiling it all down as best as I can in future blog posts.
 
However, if you’re in or near Los Angeles, there’s no need to wait for me to do my homework. Go hear David Sheff for yourself!
 
FYI: Sheff has a Facebook page where you can find information about speaking engagements in other parts of the country.