Looking for something scary to watch during the Halloween season? For those of you not familiar with the drama-horror TV Series, The Strain, it is a story set in modern day NYC featuring the rise of vampires. This show, airing on FX, is based on a novel by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and features a lead character, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, who is in recovery from alcoholism.
Ephraim, referred to as Eph, is employed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and has first-hand knowledge of the vampire uprising. If anything was ever going to be a trigger for relapse, it would be a vampire uprising, but Eph uses supports to maintain his sobriety.
In one of the episodes, there’s a scene of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that Eph attends after a stressful situation. What’s interesting about the depiction of Eph’s recovery is that it’s seamlessly woven into the storyline. Eph’s recovery is not explained, it’s just part of the character. To date, he has never told anyone he’s in recovery and the AA scene was never mentioned as being an AA meeting.
Does this mean that recovery is now becoming common to the layperson and needs no explanation? It will be interesting to see if the series explores the similarities between addiction and vampirism in upcoming episodes. There will be at least one more season for this to happen because The Strain will air a second season.
Interested in seeing the series? All episodes can be seen on FX’s website. http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/the-strain/about
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The Council of Southeast PA, Inc.