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Of all the individuals examined in Leon Dash's Rosa Lee: 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 o*****r s*****gle factor, Patty's environment, both in her adulthood and in ***** childhood, has contributed to her drug dependency. The bond between Rosa ***** ***** 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 to be like her mother. Rosa states, "She was just doing what she had seen me do and wanted ***** imitate 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 ***** and stay as close ***** her as possible. Unfortunately, emulat*****g Rosa Lee clearly led to other troubles—including ***** abuse. From this point of view, it should be understood that the most essential tactic in treating an individual like Patty would be the complete removal from her current social environment.

In m***** cases, ***** certainly in *****'s case, the dynamics of family ***** contribute ***** significantly to the subject's addictive *****havior: "Even though its values are largely shaped by ***** surrounding subculture, the ***** plays an integral role in shaping the attitudes of its members toward drug *****," (Schlaadt 12). Typically, family settings within which drug abuse is common or accepted facilitate the spread of ***** practice to other family members. This was ***** the ***** 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 into his vein, she watcher her *****'s worried frown change into a look of pleasure.... Ronnie refused to inject her that day. But, Patty 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 age is that the pain and suffering associated with growing-up in a ***** abus*****g household does not simply end ***** childhood: "If these children survive, it follows *****, particularly if they are girls, in***** their own adulthood. For example, many of ***** girls will, themselves, resort to substance abuse in adulthood," (Pagliaro 94). Depression is another major result of such a childhood. This effect c*****n manifest itself in further drug use, or even in attempted suicide.

***** have indicated ***** children raised by mothers who are substance *****rs are adversely affected cognitively, as well ***** physically and emotionally: "Starting from infancy, Cregler ***** Mark (1986) noted that, maternal ***** ***** can adversely impact the care-giving *****, 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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