Addaction announced as charity partner for forthcoming film, Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy

Public health charity Addaction will be the partner for the upcoming film ​Beautiful Boy​, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.

The film, due for UK release in January 2019, is based on memoirs by ​David Sheff​ and his son Nic. Beautiful Boy tells the story of Nic’s descent into methamphetamine addiction and his father’s struggle to help him. The lead characters are played by Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell.

Addaction will work as the official charity partner to help connect people with help, advice and support through our ​online web chat service​. StudioCanal, producers and distributors of Beautiful Boy in the UK, will help us reach people who might be affected by the issues through social media campaigns, screenings and media partnerships. 

Karen Tyrell, Executive Director of External Affairs at Addaction said: “This is an incredible partnership for us. Beautiful Boy and David Sheff’s struggle with his son’s drug use is a modern version of our founder’s story. In 1967, Mollie Craven wrote to the Guardian newspaper in despair about her son’s heroin use. She called on other parents to come together to support each other, and Addaction was born. We’re hugely grateful to be part of David and Nic’s story."


Addaction now helps more than 130,000 people with drug, alcohol, and mental health problems in the UK and Scotland. An important part of our work is campaigning and public advocacy to help more people connect with quality advice, support and treatment.

Karen said: “​Dependence on drugs is often framed as a choice. It’s almost never that simple. Nobody wakes up in the morning and decides they want to become dependent on drugs or alcohol. As Beautiful Boy shows, people become dependent on drugs for all kinds of reasons. They need empathy, understanding, and non-judgemental help. The people around them, especially families, need help and support too.”

Beautiful Boy had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018. It was released in the United States on October 12, 2018 and is coming to UK cinemas in early 2019.

About Addaction

Addaction is a public health charity working with people affected by drugs, alcohol and mental health problems. Last year we helped more than 130,000 people in England and Scotland. As part of our service we offer a free, confidential web chat service - staffed by trained advisors. If you or someone you care about needs help, visit​.