After reading David Scheff’s Beautiful Boy in its entirety, write a 3-4 page critique of the book, responding to the following prompts. Be sure to draw on concepts covered in the readings, lectures, and other materials.

Prompt 1: Addiction is identified as a “family disease”. What is meant by this? How does Nic’s addiction impact the family system? Be sure to cite specific examples.

Prompt 2: Consider the circumstances of Nic’s early life and how individual and family factors may have contributed to the onset of drug use and addiction.