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SOC 313 Week 4 DQ 2 Substance Abuse
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Prior to engaging in this discussion, review Chapters 7 and 8 in your text, read
“Recovering Health Through Cultural Traditions” by Krohn (2013), and review any
relevant Instructor Guidance.
Refer to the information in the “Introduction to the Miller Family” document. For
this discussion, choose one of the following family members currently exp eriencing
issues with substance abuse and complete the discussion according to the
Option 1: Lucy Miller – As we learned in Discussion 1 this week, this 20-year-old
college student has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As a coping
mechanism for her wild mood changes, Lucy began experimenting with illegal drugs
while still in high school and has now become addicted to them.
Option 2: Lucy’s younger brother, Josh, was recently discovered using marijuana. His
response to his parents when confronted was, “It’s just an herb! Grandma Ella says as
long as it is natural, it is good.” In truth, Grandma Ella hasn’t said anything about
marijuana and does not know that Josh has been using it.
Option 3: Sam Miller, Lucy and Josh’s uncle, is an alcoholic. He is 50 years old,
divorced, and estranged from both his ex-wife and their only son. He’s had no contact
with either of them for many years. Sam has a long history of work and legal
problems related to drinking. The family sees him as a “loser.”
After choosing one of the people above, analyze the biology of substance abuse and
describe its potential for dependence in certain families and the outcomes of various
behaviors. Is it likely that Lucy, Josh, or Sam had a genetic predisposition to alcohol
or substance addition? How does lifespan development make a difference in
propensity to abuse substances? How does the stage of life at which the abuse begins
impact t he user’s behaviors?
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