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Of all the individuals examined in Leon Dash's Rosa Lee: 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 other single factor, Patty's environment, both in her adulthood and in ***** childhood, has contributed to her drug dependency. The bond between Rosa ***** and 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 mo*****r. Rosa states, "She was just doing what she had seen me do and wanted to imitate me. She's been ***** that her whole life," (Dash 181). Patty's ***** ***** far from what most people would consider healthy, psychologically, yet rather than acting out in other potentially *****e aggressive ways, Patty chose to emulate her mot***** and stay as close to her ***** possible. Unfortunately, emulat*****g Rosa Lee clearly led to other troubles—including ***** abuse. From th***** 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 dyna*****ics of family ***** contribute ***** significantly to the subject's addictive behavior: "Even though its values are largely shaped by ***** surround*****g subculture, the family plays an integral role in shaping the attitudes of its members toward drug abuse," (Schlaadt 12). Typically, family settings within which drug abuse is common or accepted facilitate the spread of that practice to other ***** members. This was clearly the ***** in Patty's introduction ***** heroin. Patty was first exposed to the ***** by watching her brother and his girlfriend while hiding in ***** closet: "After Ronnie pushed the liquid into his vein, she watcher her brother's w*****ried frown change ***** 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 ***** pain and suffering associated with growing-up in a drug abus*****g household does not simply end with childhood: "If these children survive, it follows *****, particularly if they are girls, in***** their own adulthood. For example, many of these ***** will, themselves, resort to substance abuse in adulthood," (Pagliaro 94). Depression is another major result ***** such a childhood. This effect can manifest itself in further drug use, or even in attempted suicide.

***** have indicated that 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 ***** ***** ***** adversely impact the care-giving environment, 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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