David Sheff http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Greg Williams Wants To Sensationalize Recovery http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/greg-williams-wants-sensationalize-recovery <p>When anonymity is one of the major tenets of the best known addiction recovery organization, it seems incongruous that Greg Williams, a person in long-term recovery from drug abuse, is urging others like him to publicly disclose their status.&nbsp; He believes that is the answer to counter the stigma that is still prevalent toward addiction and treatment for it.&nbsp; He is so certain that he is right that he has devoted months of his life to “The Anonymous People,” a film documenting the many “game changers” as he calls them, people who are willing to be open about their success with recov Tue, 07 May 2013 23:05:49 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 26178 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Greg Williams Wants To Sensationalize Recovery A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/father-s-struggle-his-son-s-addiction-why-david-sheff-says-addiction-mental-illness <p>David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2008, he wrote a memoir, <em>Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction</em>, about how his family dealt with his son‘s methamphetamine addiction.</p><p>In a new book, Sheff argues that addicts suffer from an illness and are not simply victims of their own bad choices.&nbsp; “We must acknowledge addiction is an illness…and not just bad behavior…because we punish bad behavior…we treat illness,” Sheff writes.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:36:14 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25238 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness