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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 ***** terms of treatment and recovery from her drug problem. More than any o*****r single factor, Patty's environment, both in her adulthood and in ***** childhood, has contributed to her ***** dependency. The bond between Rosa Lee ***** her daughter is so strong that it ***** resulted in them choosing similar life paths. Dash repeated relays the idea that ***** 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 im*****ate me. She's been ***** ***** her whole life," (Dash 181). Patty's childhood ***** far ***** what most people would consider healthy, psychologically, yet rather than acting out in other potentially more aggressive ways, Patty chose to emulate her mot***** and stay as close ***** her as possible. Unfortunately, emulat*****g Rosa Lee 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 m***** cases, and certainly in Patty's case, the dynamics of family life contribute ***** significantly to the subject's addictive behavior: "Even though ********** values are largely shaped by ***** surrounding subculture, the ***** plays an integral role in shaping the attitudes of its members toward drug abuse," (Schlaadt 12). Typically, family settings within which drug ***** is common or accepted facilitate the spread of ***** practice to other ***** members. This was ***** the case in Patty's introduction ***** heroin. Patty was first exposed to the drug by watching her brother *****d his girlfriend while hiding in ***** closet: "After Ronnie pu*****d the liquid ********** his vein, she watcher her *****'s worried frown change into a look of pleasure.... ***** 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 *****t a young ********** is that ***** pain and suffering associated with growing-up in a ***** abus*****g household does not simply end with childhood: "If these children survive, it follows them, particularly if they ***** girls, ***** their own adulthood. For example, many of ***** girls will, themselves, resort ***** substance abuse in *****," (Pagliaro 94). Depression is a*****her major result ***** such a *****. Th***** effect c*****n manifest *****elf in further drug use, or even in attempted suicide.

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

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