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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 o*****r s*****gle 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 has resulted in them choosing similar life paths. Dash repeated relays the idea that ***** single most important goal throughout ***** childhood was ***** be like her mother. 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 childhood was far ***** what most people would consider healthy, psychologically, yet rat***** than acting out in other potentially more aggressive ways, Patty chose to emulate her ***** and stay as close ***** ***** ***** possible. Unfortunately, emulat*****g Rosa Lee clearly led to other troubles—including drug abuse. From this point ***** view, it should be understood that the most essential tactic in treating an individual like ***** would be the complete removal from her current social environment.

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