Nobody drank in Dylan’s immediate family, though alcoholism had wreaked havoc in prior generations of the family. And while nobody drank, Dylan’s mother was in recovery for substance abuse. Though Dylan could swear she never actually abused drugs. His father, however, was emotionally inaccessible. All of this leads Dylan to believe his parents were so damaged by other relatives’ addictions they never learned, or couldn’t grasp, how to act any differently than people who were addicts.