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…
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…
September 21, 2012
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…
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…
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…
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
a Brief Psychotic Break. This paper examines common diagnoses for children (ADHD, early acute schizophrenia), as well as treatment options. It will discuss making a diagnosis based on the DSM-IV criteria, as well as the importance of interviewing family members when it comes to childhood onset psychological disorders. It also discusses the various motivations for prescribing medication for children, as well as what the long term effects of these prescriptions may cause.
April 10, 2014
Of the psychological theories that describe human behavior, psychodynamics has for the most part been relegated to the sidelines when applied in the organizational setting. However, to ignore the complex emotional and dynamic reenactments that occur in the organizational setting, and as such guide organizational behavior, would greatly limit ones understanding of what motivates employees. Looking at psychodynamic principles within both the individual and the organization…
Dynamics of Trauma
Nessa is a single, 42 years old kindergarten teacher; she has a Master degree in education and is always getting more training and degrees in the educational area. When Nessa was 13 she wants to learn to swim. She and her family used to go to the beach all the time with the people from the neighborhood and the church, everybody know everybody and trust one another. One summer day, they had one of their usual trips to the beach; she used to spend most of…
multiple services nation wide . Some of these services include social workers who are close working life partners with people in need. These needs can range from financial , medical , family situation , mental status and even rehabilitating the homeless . There are three main types of social workers are child/family , medical and public health and mental health and substance abuse workers.
The goal for a social worker is to take a unique individuals life and counsel the to betterness . For instance…