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Out of Stigma's Shadow: A Conversation with Nic Sheff
Nic Sheff’s heartbreaking and inspiring struggle with substance use disorder is the story of Beautiful Boy, a major motion picture starring Timothée Chalamet as Nic and Steve Carell as his father, David. The film, which earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Chalamet, is based on Nic’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines and David’s bestseller, which shares its title with the movie.

Andrea K. McDaniels, deputy editorial page editor at The Baltimore Sun, will talk with Nic about his personal, unglamorized story of substance abuse and recovery, and its impact on those who love him.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A following the interview.

Recognized as “a life-changing speaker,” Nic puts a compelling human face on our nation’s substance abuse epidemic, encouraging those who struggle to embrace help and bringing hope to all who are touched by it.


Sponsored by Jewish Community Services, Catholic Charities, MedStar Health, Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, NAMI Metro Baltimore.

Support for the event is also provided by the Marilyn and David Carp Philanthropic Fund, Joan G. Klein Fund for Substance Use Disorders, and Jill Fox Memorial Fund, Inc.

May 5, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Nic Sheff
Sober since 2011, Nic Sheff continues to write and travel the country speaking about substance abuse, mental health, bipolar disorder and recovery. His talks cover areas ranging from prevention and talking effectively to teens to using prayer and meditation to quiet the unquiet mind. His talks cover areas ranging from prevention and talking effectively to teens to using prayer and meditation to quiet the unquiet mind. Nic is also the author of four books on these subjects: High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction, Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction, and Schizo, his critically acclaimed novel about a teen’s downward spiral into mental illness. Nic drew upon his own history of self-harm and attempted suicide as a writer for Netflix’s controversial series, 13 Reasons Why and upon his experiences in rehab as a writer for ABC Family/Freeform’s series Recovery Road. Nic was also a writer on AMC's crime drama The Killing
Andrea K. McDaniels
Deputy editorial page editor @The Baltimore Sun
In addition to her role as deputy editorial page editor at The Baltimore Sun, where Andrea helps shape the newspaper’s opinion on key issues in the news, she also writes a column that runs every three weeks, with a special interest in social justice issues. Previously, Andrea was a health and medicine reporter at The Sun who won several awards for her coverage of health disparities and trauma. Her series “Collateral Damage,” about the invisible health impacts suffered by people who live in violent communities, won several recognitions, including The American Association for the Advancement of Science Gold Award and the Association of Health Care Journalists’ top award for public health reporting.