After Party - Anna David & Nic Sheff
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In the past decade, admissions to recovery programs have increased 143% for students between the ages of 18 and 24. And yet few schools have adjusted their curriculum to address the increasing need for information about addiction and recovery. Anna David and Nic Sheff take the information gleaned from their own experiences with addiction—which they've been able to share through best-selling books, numerous TV appearances and hundreds of published articles—and break down how addiction starts, develops and ends. Through anecdotes that are relatable to addicts and non-addicts alike, David and Sheff track the part low self-esteem, family of origin and genetics play in addiction as well as the role of self-esteem in young people everywhere. The program they’ve developed, AFTERPARTY, is designed to help college students conquer self-defeating insecurities, deal with family members who are addicted and take the shame out of mental illness, addiction and self-doubt.

More about Anna David

In her 12+ years of sobriety, Anna David has published four books that have explored addiction: the novels Party Girl (Harper, 2007) and Bought (Harper, 2009) and the non-fiction books Reality Matters (Harper, 2010) and Falling for Me (Harper, 2011). Simon & Schuster released her biography on Tom Sizemore, which focuses heavily on the actor’s addiction, in April 2013. For two years, David was the Executive Editor for the addiction and recovery site The Fix and she’s covered addiction and recovery exhaustively in her articles for, among other publications, The New York Times, The LA Times, Details, Women’s Health, The New York Post, Premiere, People, Us Weekly, Maxim, Vanity Fair, Cosmo, Redbook, Self, Stuff, TV Guide, Teen Vogue, Variety, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Salon. David has also discussed addiction on The Today Show, Hannity, Dr. Drew, Jane Velez-Mitchell, The CBS Morning Show, Showbiz Tonight, The Talk, Attack of the Show and Red Eye, among many other programs. David is currently earning her CAADAC (California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors) at UCLA and leads a weekly group at Friendly House, the oldest recovery home for women in the United States.

More about Nic Sheff

Nic Sheff is the author of the bestselling memoirs Tweak, We All Fall Down, and the upcoming novel, Schizo (due out Winter 2013). He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN with Sanjay Gupta, ABC with Diane Sawyer, The Today Show, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. His articles have been published in Newsweek, Nerve, Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Fix and is currently a writer on AMC's show, The Killing. He travels around the country speaking about addiction, recovery, learning how to love life, and love oneself. He has been sober over 5 years and lives with his wife and two hound dogs in Los Angeles, CA.