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  • Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP
  • 2.  Identify the biological/health consequences of addiction on the family and community  Identify the psychological consequences of addiction on the family and community  Identify the social consequences of addiction on the family and community
  • 3.  Children have poor relationships with adults (LEO, clergy, teachers etc)  Lack of social competence  Children lack a sense of wellbeing and safety  Distant, chaotic, unsupportive family relationships  Inconsistent parenting  Inappropriate coping models
  • 4.  Stress and stress related illnesses  Failure to attend to children’s physical needs  Approximately half of pediatric AIDS cases result from injection drug use or sex with injection drug users by the child's mother  The full range of FASDs in the United States might number as high as 2%  Cocaine exposed children often require special education estimated at $23million annually
  • 5.  Physical or verbal abuse  Behavior is erratic leading to “walking on eggshells”  Child neglect which can have a traumatic impact  Modeling poor coping behaviors  Don’t Talk– Don’t Trust – Don’t Feel  Shame and guilt
  • 6.  Social Isolation  Perfect façade  Shame  Financial problems  Homelessness  Placing family in high-risk situations  Childhood trauma, depression, anxiety
  • 7.  America's top medical problems can be directly linked to drug abuse  Tobacco contributes to 11-30% of cancer deaths.  Heart Disease is correlated with abuse of tobacco, cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), amphetamines, steroids  Bloodborne Illnesses: 1/3 of AIDS cases & most cases of hepatitis C in the United States are associated with injection drug use.
  • 8.  National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reports that there is a definite connection between mental illness and addiction  People who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder at some point in their lives are responsible for the consumption of: ◦ 69 percent of alcohol ◦ 84 percent of cocaine ◦ 68 percent of cigarettes
  • 9.  Substance Abuse Costs the US over $484 Billion annually ◦ Health care ◦ Lost earnings ◦ Crime (including domestic violence) ◦ Child welfare ◦ Accidents (work related, vehicular) ◦ Homelessness (31% homeless have an addiction)
  • 10.  Many of the US’s social problems relate to addiction: ◦ Drugged Driving: 10-22% of crashes involved alcohol ◦ Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders cost the US over $4 billion annually ◦ Violence: At least half of major crimes were related to illicit drugs ◦ Child Abuse: At least 2/3 of patients in drug abuse treatment centers say they were physically or sexually abused as children.
  • 11.  Residents feel little sense of “connection” to community  Neighborhood disorganization  Rapid changes in neighborhood populations  High unemployment  Residents at or below the poverty level  Extreme economic deprivation
  • 12.  Addiction can have direct and indirect effects on the family and community ◦ Financial  Homelessness  Income losses ◦ Physical  Stress related illnesses  Blood-borne illnesses  Increased illness in the family
  • 13.  Addiction can have direct and indirect effects on the family and community ◦ Social  Isolation  Don’t Talk—Don’t Trust — Don’t Feel  Creates children with  Poor coping skills  Trauma, stress and depressive related issues  Increased family and social costs due to child neglect
  • 14.  Many addicts see their addiction as not hurting anyone but themselves  When provided with objective evidence to the contrary using the FRAMES approach can assist with increasing motivation for treatment  Elicit, don’t lecture
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