Best-selling author David Sheff, who wrote the memoir "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction," will speak at the Barnesville High School on March 27. Sheff will discuss addiction and his role as a father, reporter and advocate. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for this event.

A Recovery Resource Fair will also be held during this event, from 5 to 8 p.m. This fair will serve as an opportunity for area residents to learn about resources not just available in Barnesville, but also in surrounding regions to support those who are seeking recovery, navigating the early stages of recovery, and maintaining long-term recovery, as well as supporting families in recovery. Addiction Services of Eastern Ohio (ASEO) will be one of the organizations at this event; offering counseling services, outpatient medically managed withdrawal from substances, and medication assisted treatment with Vivitrol. Other groups invited to attend include those who provide substance use disorder prevention and treatment services, medical care, employment/education assistance, community education, and other complementary health services.

"We are delighted to have someone of David Sheff’s caliber come to address our community," said Leila Miller, MSW, Social Worker and Project Director of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Grant. "He understands firsthand how difficult it is for individuals to talk about the disease of addiction and how too often addiction is seen only as a moral failing. He admits it took him ten years to figure out how to get help for his son."

A panel discussion will be held at 5:30 p.m. which will include community representative discussing addiction, challenges and local resources. Invited panel members include representatives from law enforcement, student services, one of our local substance abuse treatment providers, and an individual/family directly impacted by substance abuse.

David Sheff will hold an onstage conversation at 6:30 p.m. followed by questions from the audience. At 7:30 p.m., Sheff will be available for a book signing. Books A Million will provide David and Nic Sheff’s books for purchase the night of the event.

Attendees may participate in all or portions of the evenings program. This event is co-sponsored by Barnesville Hospital with funds through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning grant and the Mental Health and Recovery Board Serving Belmont, Harrison and Monroe Counties.

The movie "Beautiful Boy" was based on David Sheff’s book of the same title and on "Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines", a book written by his son, Nic Sheff. The movie was released in 2018 and stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan, and deals with the strained relationship between a father and his drug-addicted teenage son. Additional books by the Sheffs include "HIGH: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs", "Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy" and "Schizo" (by Nic Sheff)

For information regarding this event or to sign up for a table at the resource fair, contact Leila Miller at lmiller@barnesvillehospital.com or 740-425-5112.