Under the Influence

James Milam

“Under the Influence,” vividly recounts his childhood as the son of an alcoholic father. From a young age, Sanders witnesses the destructive impact of alcoholism within his family. His father’s verbal abuse and transformation under the influence leave lasting scars. Sanders grapples with insecurities, believing that his own imperfections might have prevented his father’s descent into alcoholism. As both father and son navigate this painful journey, Sanders reveals the hidden shame surrounding alcoholism in their community. Through poignant prose, he captures the fear, hope, and resilience that define life under the influence of addiction.

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