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…
they are either unaware or uncaring of their family or ethnic background that may be markers of their predisposition for addiction. Since many drugs are considered "ok” on a trial or "for fun" basis, thrill-seekers fail miserably to realize the true toll of the effects of drugs and their individual tendency for addiction. When taking drugs goes from a want to a need, this is when addiction starts.
Accessibility is a large factor required for drug addiction to begin. Tam relates to us that “the use…
In this essay I want to elaborate about a television show that was aired in 1957, called “Leave it to Beaver”. This show was based on an all American family trying to keep their youngest son Theodore Beaver out of trouble. On May 4th, 1957 an episode was aired about Theodore and his older brother Wally. That episode was called Brotherly Love. In this essay I would like to discuss about the admiration of a younger brother.
When you have an older sibling…
FOUR MODELS/THEORIES OF ADDICTION
AND COMPARISON OF TWO MODEL/THEORIES
This essay will explain four models/theories of addiction that we have studied this semester. The first model I will discuss is the Addictive Disease Model. This model is also known as the Medical Model. This model ascertains that the disease of addiction is chronic, progressive, incurable, and potentially fatal. There are numerous…
Family seems to have the most roles in delinquent behavior coming from teens.
There is child abuse, neglect, and delinquency leading to the cycle of violence
Family break ups, economic stresses, lack of proper child care, family conflicts all show high
rates in juvenile delinquency.
II. Point 1
Family break ups are between 40 and 50 percent for first time marriages. “As families undergo
divorce, separation, and breakups, kids are often placed in foster care. These…
When many people think of addiction dependences on alcohol or drugs often come to mind. There are a vast number of other activities however, that can be just as addicting if abused. Here in America, we are taught at early ages to steer clear of drugs and alcohol due to their addictive nature. At home, our parents admonish us about the dangers of drugs and drinking and we are enrolled in D.A.R.E programs while in school. Furthermore we are reminded to “stay above the influence”…
The family dynamics within a family can differ so greatly and be very alike all at the same time. The information that is going to be provided below is on a broad spectrum of family dynamics because there is so much to cover. Family dynamics covers things from why children are depressed, single parent households, stresses of working parents and the roles men and women play and many more. Family dynamics affect the way a person grows up and what their social norms are and what is expected…
hospitalization, residential, individual, group and family options.
Inpatient- designed to treat in a restrictive environment
Partial hospitalization- day treatment, offers treatment in a semi restrictive environment.
Residential- is used as a bridge between inpatient and out patient.
Individual- treatment is specific to individual.
Group- involvement in 12 step self-help group, meant to give individuals support and motivation.
Family – where the family as a whole learns coping skills, communication…
What is Addiction?
Addiction can be physical or psychological, it could be a habit forming substance. Addiction could be to any substance under the sun, it could be to work, games, social networking, food or even shopping. It all depends on ones interest and how they feel while doing these activities. One basic problem with addiction is that it cannot be resisted on a permeant basis and even after a very long…
Addiction: Alternative Treatments
February 1, 2006
The initial exposure to any drug addiction treatment is an overwhelming experience. Whether one attends an Alcoholics Anonymous session, a Detox facility, or a Psychiatric in-patient center, one unavoidable conclusion manifests itself: Addiction is a horrible situation for any human being.
The following paper looks at several different elements of the addiction treatment environment, and from differing modalities to success…
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…