Tweak. Tweak. Tweak Preview . By Nic Sheff. Nic Sheff is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. Still in his early twenties, he continues to fight daily battles with his addictions. His writing has been published in Newsweek, Nerve, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Tweak is his first book.
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Nic Sheff is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. Still in his early twenties, he continues to fight daily battles with his addictions. His writing has been published in Newsweek, Nerve, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Tweak is his first book.
Sheff, Nic. Tweak. Simon & Schuster Childrens Publishing Division. 2007. Print
About The Author
Nic Sheff. As a young 17 year old boy drugs have always been a part of his life, drinking at the age of 11, smoking was an everyday thing, although, dropping acid, and mushrooms were occasionally used. Went to rehab and was clean, but soon relapsed after.
“I guess I’ve spend the last four years chasing the first high. I wanted desperately to feel that wholeness again. It was like, I don’t know, life everything else faded out. All my dreams, my hopes, ambitions, relationships-they all fell away as I took more and more crystal up my nose. I dropped out of college twice, my parents kicked me out, and, basically my life unraveled. I broke into their house-I would steal checks from my father and write them out to myself to pay for my habit. When I had a job at a coffee shop, I stole hundreds of dollars from the register. Eventually I got arrested for a possession charge. My little brother and sister watched me get carted away in handcuffs.” (Sheff 5)
Lauren his ”girlfriend”.
Zelda one of his dealers and the love of his life.
Gack his parter in crime.
Akira, introduced him to crystal meth when he was 18.
Destiny, he is good with everyone and started him back up with meth.
Bullet his assistant dealer.
Candy another on of his dealers.
Nic, as the main character you get to love and be so absorbed in his life. Experience lightly what he is going through and feel all his pains and see all his trials. He wanted to stop but its impossible.
He meets up with his friends some old, and new. He starts trying new stuff, drinking, crystal. He had just gotten back from rehab when the story begins, he is relapsing with Lauren. He realizes he cant go home, he ends up starting all over. Running away from home, stealing things but nothing to noticeable.Plot SummaryExposition
I had gotten my backpack of clothes out of the youth hostel. I actually had two backpacks, and then I had the brilliant idea of cutting the packs up and sewing them together to make one, giant, SUPER backpack. By the time I finished cutting everything up, however, I got really tired and passed out. When I woke up I had no super backpack and no regular backpack, either. (Sheff 59)
“It seems to fit. I feel comfortable in my own skin. I feel like I’m able to claim my own person. At least I’m making a start. I’m learning to stand on my own.” (Sheff 319)Plot SummaryResolution
10 out of 10
This is one of my favorite books, I would recommend it to everyone. Reading out the trials people go through everyday, and learning about there will to survive is amazing and is a humbling experience. This real story is touching and this makes you realize that we are all suffering in some way.
Some of the very prominent causes of drug abuse include
Hereditary intake of drugs.
Lack of confidence when it comes to confronting the reality
Broken family situations
Unavailability of supervisors during teenage
Easy access to drugs
‘try only once’ attitude among the youth of today
Failure to meet the youth understand the hardships of reality
Ill treatment undergone during childhood and the like.
The most commonly used drug among American youth is alcohol.
Chronic alcohol consumption kills youth 6.5 times beyond normalcy.
Alcoholism is the most prominent cause of birth abnormalities.
Medication cost of a drug addict is almost 2 times the medication cost for a clean individual.
Drug addicts tend to take up 527000 emergency rooms for treatment in one year.
50% of Americans have a beloved one who is suffering from drug abuse problem at any given time
The age group that is worst affected by drug addiction is 18-29
Alcohol usage is most prominent among Hispanics. Whites and African Americans follow suit
Hispanics are the ethnic group that is very popular in the arena of illicit drug consumption
Teen Drug Abuse. 1 2 2010 <http://www.teendrugabuse.us/teendrugstatistics.html>.
The negative effects of teen drug use are undeniable and obvious. When considering those negative effects, it is alarming to see some of the actual statistics concerning the amount of teen drug use in highschools and middle schools. In addition, many parents have felt that their teen's alcohol use is ok because it isn't a harder drug like crack, or heroine. However, it should be noted that alcohol kills five times more teenagers than all other drugs combined(usually through accidents)! Below are just a few of alarming statics associated with teen drug use and the effects of alcohol on teenagers. - Illicit teen drug use as of 2003. * 8th grade -- 30.3% * 10th grade -- 44.9% * 12th grade -- 52.8%- Underage drinking costs the United States more than $58 billion dollars annually, enough for a new state of the art computer for every student.- In the last thirty days 50% of teenagers report drinking with 32% being drunk at least on one occasion.
50% of high school seniors report some use of an illicit drug during their life
75% of seniors having at least tried alcohol and 23% within the last month
Marijuana has been used by 44% of seniors and is the most popular drug that is completely illegal in the United States. 60% of teens that do use drugs use marijuana.
By the end of 8th grade 27% of children will have used drugs.
This year nearly 43% of high school seniors will try some type of drug.
10% of these seniors will develop a cocaine problem.
The reality is no one starts off using cocaine or meth, the reality is people start off using marijuana.
Anti Drug PSA 2 video
Your relationship with the drug-affected person may also affect how you cope with their alcohol or drug use.
If your child is using drugs or alcohol, you may be worried about their safety and want to protect them at all costs. You may blame yourself for their behavior, or cover up for them so that they don't have to take responsibility for their actions.
If your brother or sister is using drugs or alcohol, your response may depend on your relationship with them and your parents. You might feel sorry for your sibling and want to protect them. Or you may feel angry that your parents don’t seem to care about you any more.
If one of your parents is using drugs or alcohol, you may be scared to admit that there is a problem. You may even feel that it is up to you to fix or hide your parent’s use.
If your spouse or partner is drug-affected you may be taking on more of their responsibilities and trying to keep your relationship and the family going. You may also cope by taking drugs or alcohol yourself, hiding their use and pretending everything is normal.
Everyone's situation is different. But no matter what is happening, you can look after yourself, and care for other family members. Take your life back. You need to look after yourself if you want to continue to care for your relative or friend.
I'm feeling rough, I'm feeling raw, I'm in the prime of my life.Let's make some music, make some money, find some models for wives.I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin, and ___ with the stars.You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.This is our decision, to live fast and die young.We've got the vision, now let's have some fun.Yeah, it's overwhelming, but what else can we do.Get jobs in offices, and wake up for the morning commute.Forget about our mothers and our friendsWe're fated to pretendTo pretendWe're fated to pretendTo pretendI'll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up wormsI'll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the worldI'll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my homeYeah, I'll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.There's really nothing, nothing we can doLove must be forgotten, life can always start up new.The models will have children, we'll get a divorceWe'll find some more models, everything must run it's course.We'll choke on our vomit and that will be the endWe were fated to pretendTo pretendWe're fated to pretendTo pretend
I say this looks pretty fun.
What happened is what I ask my self everyday.What was she thinking knowing she'd be putting her life to waste.This is my sister and I love her with all my heart,But doing drugs has only kept us far apart.I never thought she would end up this way,It hurts me knowing I can't help her, so all I do is pray,I pray for her to open her eyes before it's too late.Dealing drugs and stealing became her hobby,I guess she doesn't care if her kids end up without a mommy.Why can't she be the way she was before?Now that was my sister, the one that always loved me more.She was my best friend, we were always together,Nothing ever kept us apart because we promised we'd be sisters forever.I guess forever finally came to an end.She don't love me anymore now, Heroin became her new friend.I cry every time something reminds me of my sister,I feel anger and pain inside knowing I can't help her.But I won't lose faith,Every night I will pray,Cause I know someday God will show her the way.So now I put this poem to an end and wish only for the best,I pray it's never my sister who will someday be laid to rest!What Happened?, Drug Abuse Poemshttp://www.familyfriendpoems.com/family/poetry.asp?poem=2173#ixzz0gxPaApoN
Heavy drug users will do anything, including selling their car the clothing off there back, to buy drugs.
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