By Sarah Snook Brunson and Nadine Hassoun, Associates, LDC 

As part of LeSar Development Consultant’s commitment to continued learning and self-improvement, we started a monthly book club, where we read and discuss books from experts across disciplines, including those with lived experiences, to learn from and to inspire us. For our March book club meeting, we read Beautiful Boy, a memoir chronicling David Sheff’s experience caring for a son addicted to methamphetamines. In previous months, we read The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, Evicted by Mathew Desmond, and The State of Resistance by Manuel Pastor.

Beautiful Boy tracks the journey of Nic, David’s son, chronicles his substance use as it escalates from experimenting with marijuana in high school to multiple estrangements from his family and many rounds of rehabilitation. Notably, Sheff highlights how terrifying addiction can be for everyone involved, as well as how common relapses can be for those suffering the disease.

Our book club discussion centered around how the Housing First model as well as harm reduction strategies are important practices to effectively serve individuals experiencing homelessness who are also active substance users. Recognizing that those suffering from addiction are at a much higher risk of becoming unstably housed or homeless, staff read to gain insight into the complicated disease and associated problems.

If you have any recommendations for books you think we would enjoy, please contact Nadine Hassoun, Associate.