Acclaimed writer and former Scottsdale resident David Sheff is the recipient of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 2017 Media Award.

Sheff was recognized for improving the public’s understanding of addiction, addiction treatment, recovery and the profession of addiction medicine during a ceremony at the ASAM 48th annual conference on April 8, in New Orleans.

Sheff is the author of “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy,” the result of years spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem.

“Clean” is the follow-up to his New York Times No. 1 best seller, “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” which chronicled his son’s meth addiction. “Beautiful Boy” is being made into a film for Amazon Studios and will star Maura Tierney and Steve Carell.

Sheff graduated from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale and became a bar mitzvah at Har Zion Congregation. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and lives with his family in Northern California.

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