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    Research 3-5 peer-reviewed journal articles related to how drug abuse affects families when one or more adult members are addicted to illicit and/or prescription drugs, and the various treatment options available to addicted families. The articles must include the following:

    - Analyze the issues related to the affects of drug abuse on families. You may include the effects on children, but do not research child or adolescent substance abuse, nor use child or adolescent substance abuse as the topic of your paper.

    - Describe the ramifications experienced by the family members who are not abusing drugs.

    -Discuss resources and treatments available to addicted families.

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    Analyze the issues related to the affects of drug abuse on families. You may include the effects on children, but do not research child or adolescent substance abuse, nor use child or adolescent substance abuse as the topic of your paper.

    Research reveals that substance abuse does not occur in isolation; it is determined by social and cultural factors. Family and friends with substance abuse problems are frequently left with self-help groups such as Al Anon and Co-dependency Anonymous to deal with their drug problems. The misuse of alcohol and other substances lead to significant problems for adults that include physical, behavioral and economical consequences. Some studies suggest that some adults have a predisposition to substance abuser, and are at high risk for developing alcoholism because of patterns of aggression and impulsivity (Cotton, 1979). In addition, several studies suggest that children of substance abusers develop emotional and behavioral problems in adolescent and early childhood (Brooks, Brook, De La Rosa, Whiteman, Johnson, & Montanya, 2001). Other studies suggest that alcoholism tend to run in families as a result of genetic factors (Peele, l985).

    Describe the ramifications experienced by the family members who are not abusing drugs

    The familial recognition of alcoholism is well documented. Cotton (1979) review of a group of family histories (n=39) found a four-to five fold increase in developing alcoholism among ...

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