2018 Signature Author: David Sheff

An unconditional love story.

When: November 4

Where: UNC Ballroom

Event Information

Join us for our Community Symposium- a progression of short, TED-style talks- around the topics of addiction and recovery. Attend all of them, or pick the ones you find most interesting; attendees are welcome to come and go during the presentations. All talks will be held in the UNC Ballroom. For printable schedule, click here.

12:00-1:20 pm – Addiction 101 Symposium

The Science of Addiction – Dr. Lesley Brooks, North Colorado Health Alliance

Local Impact – Dr. Mark Wallace, North Colorado Health Alliance

Society’s Influence – Shaley Maher and Rachel Freeman, Weld County Department of Health and Environment – Communities that Care

Addiction on Our Streets – Chief Rick Brandt, Evans Police Department

1:20-1:50 pm – Break

1:50-3:20 pm – Recovery 101 Symposium

The Power of Community – Ambassadors of Alcoholics Anonymous

The Science of Recovery – Renee Schell, North Range Behavioral Health 

Faces and Voices of Recovery – Shawna Cranmer, North Range Behavioral Health

How Do I Help? – Dr. Deb Bennett-Woods, Regis University

Prevention and Response Training – Chief Rick Brandt, Evans Police Department

3:20-4:10 pm – Panel Conversation

4:10-5:10 pm – Break

5:10-6:15 pm – Conversation with David Sheff

6:20 – 9:30 pm – Book Signing


Opioid Memorial Wall: liftthelabel.org

Erase the Stigma of Addiction: Shatterproof.org

Changing Minds: Interactive Brain Pods

Resource and Information Booths available 1:30-7:30 pm

About David

David Sheff is the author of best-selling novels Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy. His accounts of his son, Nic, and Nic’s addiction to methamphetamines spotlight the epidemic of drug addiction in families across America.  A feature film adaptation of “Beautiful Boy,” starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, is scheduled to be released on October 12, 2018.

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“David Sheff knows addiction as no parent would ever want. Through it all, he’s tapped into a unique ability to convey the pain, wisdom and love that he’s experienced through many turbulent years with his son Nic. As a journalist, father and clear-eyed chronicler of addiction, David is without peer.”

– Sanjay Gupta, MD
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN

“David Sheff wrote a book in 2008 that became a kind of landmark. Beautiful Boy, a painful, personal story of the battle he tried to fight with and alongside his son, Nic, who was addicted to methamphetamines. The book became an international best-seller and made David Sheff one of the country’s most prominent voices on addiction — not as a doctor, an addict or an academic expert, but as a father. Sheff has continued to try to figure out a road that can lead out of addiction, and he presents that route in his new book, Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy.”

– Scott Simon, Weekend Edition
National Public Radio

“David Sheff is a skilled journalist on an urgent mission. He prevailed over the anger and hopelessness he felt at his son’s affliction by calling upon great reserves of love and discipline to investigate what might help — first as a father and then, in this book, as a reporter and an advocate. His forbearance and clearheadedness could serve as an example for America as it confronts its drug problem. He has performed a vital service by compiling sensible advice on a subject for which sensible advice is in short supply.”

– New York Times Book Review

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