We’re partnering with public health charity Addaction for the upcoming release of Beautiful Boy - a charity that specializes in giving support for people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, BEAUTIFUL BOY chronicles the true and inspiring story of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen and starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney & Amy Ryan, BEAUTIFUL BOY comes to UK cinemas on January 18.
Karen Tyrell, Executive Director of External Affairs at Addaction said: “This is an incredible partnership for us. Beautiful Boy and David Sheff’s struggle with his son’s drug use is a modern version of our founder’s story. In 1967, Mollie Craven wrote to the Guardian newspaper in despair about her son’s heroin use. She called on other parents to come together to support each other, and Addaction was born. We’re hugely grateful to be part of David and Nic’s story.”
Addaction now helps more than 130,000 people with drug, alcohol, and mental health problems in the UK and Scotland. An important part of our work is campaigning and public advocacy to help more people connect with quality advice, support and treatment.
Karen said: “Dependence on drugs is often framed as a choice. It’s almost never that simple. Nobody wakes up in the morning and decides they want to become dependent on drugs or alcohol. As Beautiful Boy shows, people become dependent on drugs for all kinds of reasons. They need empathy, understanding, and non-judgemental help. The people around them, especially families, need help and support too.”
If you or someone you care about needs help, please visit: addaction.org.uk