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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 other s*****gle factor, Patty's environment, both in her adulthood ***** in her childhood, has contributed to ***** ***** dependency. The bond between Rosa Lee and her daughter ***** so strong that it has resulted in them choosing similar life paths. Dash repeated relays the idea that ***** single most important goal throughout her childhood was ***** be like her mother. 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 childhood ***** far from what most people would consider healthy, psychologic*****y, yet rather than acting out in other potentially more aggressive ways, Patty chose to emulate her mot***** and stay as close ***** her ***** possible. Unfortunately, emulat*****g Rosa ***** 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 ***** ***** would ***** the complete removal from her current social environment.

In many cases, ***** certainly in Patty's case, the dynamics of family life contribute most significantly to the subject's addictive behavior: "Even though its values are largely shaped by ***** surround*****g 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 that practice to other family members. Th***** was ***** the case in Patty's introduction to heroin. Patty was first exposed ***** the ***** by watching her brother *****d his girlfriend while hiding in ***** closet: "After Ronnie pu*****d the liquid into his vein, she watcher her ********** worried frown change ***** a look of pleasure.... Ronnie refused to inject her ***** day. But, Patty 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 at a young ********** is that ***** pain and suffering associated with growing-up in a drug abus*****g household does not simply end ***** childhood: "If these children survive, it follows them, particularly if they are girls, into their own adulthood. For example, many of ***** ***** will, themselves, resort to substance abuse in adulthood," (Pagliaro 94). Depression is a*****her major result of such a childhood. ********** effect can manifest ********** in further ***** 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 and Mark (1986) noted that, maternal substance ***** 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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