Drugs, alcoholism, and depression Step into a world where the author's life is rapidly spiraling towards darkness unless she changes her ways in this vivid memoir, Melancholy. Alecia Samuelson started her life not in the best of circumstances. She was born underweight and, since she had trouble breathing on her own, had to be aided by a respirator. But hang on to dear life she did and this tenacity would be something that would help her later in life. She would need it a lot. Both her mother and father were alcoholics and drug addicts. Alecia's parents eventually separated and, perhaps looking for love and affection, her mother went through a series of relationships. But she seemed to have a talent for attracting the wrong kind of men, something that not only affected her, but also the impressionable minds of her young daughters. With alcoholism apparently running in the family, Alecia would eventually turn to drink as well. She would use not only alcohol, but even also drugs. Such self-destructive behavior would wreak havoc on her emotional well-being and introduce her to the dark world of depression, melancholy. How would she find a way out of this spiral of despair?