Drug addiction impacts families with traumatic devastation, destruction, and unbearable grief. Family members become frustrated and distraught. The whole family dynamic is turned upside down. Friends and family members enable the manipulating addict by giving them money, a place to stay, or cover up for their behavior in hope of saving their loved ones. Children suffer because many are neglected by their drug induced parents. Babies are born addicted to hard drugs and suffer defects or, painful withdrawal because their mother couldn’t stop using while pregnant. Family ties are often cut because it is too overwhelming and painful to deal with. Not only does the addict need treatment but so does the family. I could stand here and show you charts and graphs on how addiction impacts a family. Instead, I am using the most credible source I have, my own personal experience. I have personally endured pain, heartache, and suffering that addiction has caused within my own family unit. I am a mother of three wonderful children whom I adore with all my heart and soul. Unfortunately, two of them suffer from heroin addiction. I have witnessed the near death of my oldest daughter, as I sat in the intensive care unit for eight days wondering if she would pull through. She had contracted a staff- infection which caused damage to her heart and other health problems. I was told she had twenty minutes to live and she was put on life support with a slim hope of any recovery. That near death experience didn’t stop her from relapsing and being thrown back into the destructive, downward spiral of the lifestyle of addiction. I was there when her beautiful daughter was born addicted to opiates because she couldn’t stop using during her pregnancy. I sat in the NIC unit and rocked my granddaughter while she detoxed from methadone and heroin. I desperately searched through seedy parts of Baltimore to try and find her, only to learn she had been on a street corner selling her body to support her habit so she would not be dope sick. My granddaughter, who is now five, has witnessed things a little girl should never see. I am grateful I was able to bring my grandbaby to live with me. She has a normal little life and enjoys being a five- year -old child. The saddest part is the fact that my daughter truly loves her little girl. She has been in and out of treatment numerous times for over twelve years, It’s the guilt and shame that eats her alive on a daily basis and perpetuates her self-destruction. My daughter went from being a cheerleader and popular student to a junkie suffering from addiction. I am happy to say that she left yesterday to make another attempt to beat this cunning and baffling disease. I pray this is her final try.
I also mentioned that I have a son who got caught in the misery heroin addiction. My son was a football player and a popular kid with lots of friends. We lived in a safe
Critical Book Review
Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction
Dr. Mark Lasser’s book “Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction” gives insight to those who suffer from sexual addiction and to the families, friends and other people in their lives. Dr. Mark Lasser has chosen to write this book, to share with others his personal struggle and victory with sexual addiction. Dr. Lasser has written this book from a Christian view, to give other…
What evidence is there that single families are more likely to produce delinquent children?
In sociology we all know that the family plays a key part in how society operates on a macro level and micro level. The institution of family has seismic effects on how children develop. If a family is “broken” sociologists say that this could lead to catastrophic impacts on the children’s childhood and one of the impacts I’m going to be exploring is the likelihood of a child becoming delinquent in a single…
heroine addiction, the problem of understanding themselves as well as the problem of children's education and upbringing, the problem of dysfunctional families and poverty, the problem of punishment and crime, the problem of ex-convicts' adaptation and so on.
Now I would like to pass over the plot of the story. The story goes smoothly and opens at subway. In the exposition of the extract, the protagonist of the story…
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Humanistic Perspective and Addiction
There are several theories of addiction. All of them are imperfect. All are partial explanations. It is for this reason that it is important to be aware of and question addiction theories.
One contemporary psychoanalytical view of substance abuse is that it is a defense against anxiety (Thombs D 2006). Addicts often abuse alcohol and other substances to guard against anxiety and other painful…
an exact match, but close.” (Narrator, 23). ‘Still Mine’ written by Amy Stuart is a psychoanalytic theory since it demonstrates the relationship between the present action of the novel and the early experiences of the protagonist, Clare. The family dynamics presented in this novel represents the relationship between the local towns missing girl Shayna Fowles and her father, Dr. Meyer. Considering how the novel still mine is portrayed, the psychological being of Amy Stuart is very concerning seeing…
Cause and Effect
The Change of Family and Friendship over Time
Albert Einstein once said, “it has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” Technology has developed, evolved and changed over time and created a “magical,” positive influence throughout the globe; the excitement of what was new and unique is almost gone and now people view technology as normal, and utilize it to the point that people need technology…
which group one would identify with. The history and cultures of Arabic people are provided in this article.
Cacho, L. M. (2001). Asian Americans. University of Hawaii Press
The article discusses the relationships between Asian Americans and their families. The author explains how they have to deal with certain stereotypes in order to succeed in a place where they are Americans, but still considered to be foreigners. The article is a good resource for understanding how Asian Americans feel in a country…
Sometimes it’s hard to find our place in the world, wondering as a vagrant to the world’s mercy. The world, however, is not so merciful, ignoring the endeavors we face every day. Miklo, our main character, faces adversity at every point of his life from the color of his skin to finding his true identity as a Chicano. Relative to Miklo, Chicanos have struggled in every way, struggling for equal rights, inhibited by a world who not so long ago considered African Americans property. Nevertheless, the…
consequences. There are many sociological aspects in this memoir that are relevant to society today such as the ingrained normalcy of alcoholism in Jeannette’s family, her father's fear of conformity and their familial institution in itself. These things are important because in understanding them we are more easily able to explore the dynamic of their family and in turn it can make it easier to interpret why the unnecessary struggles in her life may have occurred.
Throughout the entirety of the book Jeannette’s…
Myths and Misconceptions
Definition of Homeless
Definition of Homeless
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
A homeless individual is defined in section 330(h)(4)(A) as “an
individual who lacks housing (without regard to whether the
individual is a member of a family), including an individual