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Rosa Lee

Of all the individuals examined in Leon Dash's Rosa *****: a Mother and Her Family in Urban America, Patty is perhaps the most difficult case in terms of treatment and recovery from her drug problem. More than any other s*****gle factor, Patty's environment, both in her adulthood ***** in ***** childhood, has contributed to her ***** dependency. The bond between Rosa Lee and her daughter ***** so strong that it ***** resulted in them choosing similar life paths. Dash repeated relays the idea that Patty's single most important goal throughout her childhood was ***** be like her mo*****r. Rosa states, "She was just doing what she had seen me do and wanted to imitate me. She's been like ***** her whole life," (Dash 181). Patty's ***** was far from what most people would consider healthy, psychologic*****y, yet rat***** than acting out in other potentially more aggressive ways, Patty chose to emulate her mot***** and stay as close to 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 like ***** would ***** the complete removal from her current social environment.

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

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

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