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Rosa Lee

Of all the individuals examined in Leon Dash's Rosa *****: a Mother and Her Family ***** Urban America, Patty is perhaps the most difficult case in terms of treatment and recovery from her drug problem. More than any other single factor, Patty's environment, both in her adulthood ***** in her childhood, has contributed to her drug dependency. The bond between Rosa Lee and her daughter is so strong that it ***** resulted in them choosing similar life paths. Dash repeated relays the idea that Patty's single most important goal throughout ***** childhood was ***** be like her mo*****r. Rosa states, "She was just doing what she had seen me do and wanted to im*****ate me. She's been like that her whole life," (Dash 181). Patty's ***** ***** far from what most people would consider healthy, psychologically, yet rather than acting out in other potentially *****e aggressive ways, Patty chose to emulate her mother and stay as close ***** her ***** possible. Unfortunately, emulating Rosa ***** clearly led to other troubles—including drug abuse. From this point of view, it should be unders*****od that the most essential tactic in treating an individual ***** ***** would ***** the complete removal from her current social environment.

In m***** cases, ***** certainly in Patty's case, the dyna*****ics of family life contribute ***** significantly to the subject's addictive behavior: "Even though its values are largely shaped by the surrounding subculture, the family plays an integral role in shaping the attitudes of its members toward drug abuse," (Schlaadt 12). Typically, ***** settings within which drug abuse is common or accepted facilitate the spread of that practice to other family members. This was ***** the case in Patty's introduction to heroin. Patty was first exposed to the drug by watching her brother and his girlfriend while hiding in his closet: "After Ronnie pushed the liquid in***** his vein, she watcher her ********** w*****ried frown change into a look of pleasure.... ***** refused to inject her ***** day. But, ***** told me, 'I knew *****n, "Well, I'm gonna try that one day,"'" (Dash 186). One of the major problems with being introduced to such a serious drug *****t a young *****ge is that the pain and suffering associated with growing-up in a drug abus*****g household *****es not simply end with childhood: "If these children survive, it follows them, particularly if they ***** girls, ***** their own adulthood. For example, many of ***** ***** will, themselves, resort to substance abuse in *****," (Pagliaro 94). Depression is another major result ***** such a *****. Th***** effect c*****n manifest ********** in further drug use, or even in attempted suicide.

Studies have indicated that children raised by mothers who are substance ab*****rs are adversely affected cognitively, as well ***** physically and emotionally: "Starting from infancy, Cregler ***** Mark (1986) noted that, maternal ***** use can adversely impact the care-giving environment, which, in turn, can have long-term negative effects on childhood cognitive development. In addition, the conflict and stress in a dysfunctional

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