Sedated: Visiting Family Imperfection
A recollection of how any substance abuse or overuse, even of one that is legal or sometimes encouraged can easily cause damage to any sort of family. The story of how alcohol possesses the ability to easily rift a family which from the outside seems extremely happy and normal. Closed doors can hide a lot, and that is was Sedated shows.
Addiction is more serious than many people realize or think. Many times an addiction is present, but also ignored or unaddressed. Sedated consists of a detailed chronological telling of how a young man watched alcoholism slowly but relentlessly descend upon his family and infiltrate it like a parasite. From a very young age, the young man feels alone in noticing the problem and attempts in numerous ways to cope with it. From trying to confront the issue head on, to resorting to deception, even to attempting to run away from the problem, as he gets older and the problem worsens the man’s tactics are constantly changing. The origin of the problem is also explored in a very gradual and detailed fashion. As the problem continues, resistance, resentment, and conflict reach unfathomable levels.
Eventually the transition or inheritance strikes as well. When the man finds himself unable to find an effective coping mechanism, he tries turning to the very same device he saw his own family using. Starting on a much smaller scale originally and not intending for it to get out of hand, booze is introduced more directly to him. The problem is shown to be infectious, even more so than he anticipated. For a period of his life before he overcomes it, in an ironic way he copes with the hated alcoholism by being drunk during it.
A supportive and understanding recounting, Sedated is a book for members of any family who has struggled with any form of substance use within itself that resulted in unsavory changes.
Sedated: Visiting Family Imperfection, is a book with a slightly different approach than other books on coping with addictions such as The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial is Everyday Life, and The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction. It is a very specific story, and less of a “how to” book and more of an indication of understanding. The book is one of connectable quality.