Case Study and Treatment Recommendations
NAME: Rosa Lee Cunningham
DOB/AGE: October 7th, 1936—52
DATE OF INTERVIEW: 04- 05-2015
EVALUATOR: Evonne Moore
REASON FOR ASSESSMENT:
Rosa Lee Cunningham is a 52 year old African American women with an addiction of heroin. Rosa Lee grew up in poverty. Her mother and father were sharecroppers who had migrated to the city. Rosa Lee had eight children, six boys and two girls. She was 14 years old when she had her first born. While pregnant with her first child, Rosa Lee dropped out of school without having the ability to learn how to read. At the age of 16, Rosa got married. Because Rosa Lee didn’t have a productive role model in life, she set standards of living on her own. She supported her family by selling drugs, waitressing, shoplifting, and working as a prostitute. Due to the stealing and selling of drugs, Rosa spent time in jail. She then taught her children to steal clothes so they would have clothes to wear or other items to sell to purchase food. Postliminary, she would involve her children and grandchildren to sale drugs because she knew that police officers wouldn’t go after children. But what Rosa didn’t think nor expected was to put her children at high risk of getting in trouble or involved with the drug. Eventually, Rosa Lee became addicted to illegal drugs and began to share it with her children. It became so common to her and her children of sharing drugs, that the children started to rely on their mother to support the habit. Due to the case of Substance Abuse with Rosa Lee in her children sharing needles, they also began to share the disease of HIV.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
The information gathered is from the interviewer and the family’s perspectives, other interested parties and records from the police. PSYCHOSOCIAL HISTORY
Rosa Lee has went through many harsh obstacles, yet she is still seen as a human, someone who could have been much more and made something out herself, rather than just being the woman who died of AIDS in 1995 at age 59. Many of Rosa Lee's brothers and sisters and two of her eight children escaped the world of drugs and poverty, ``She was caught up in a tragedy for which she was partially at fault, but, at the same time, one that was foreordained”. Rosa Lee lived a miserable life, of being born in poverty and abused as a child. The traumatic experiences from her past led to her Substance Abuse lifestyle that will further weaken her as a women, instead of making her stronger from her experiences. During her adolescence years, she cultivated the cruel reality that African American girls were born to take care of their families, while the men were adored and able to run free. With her belief of that, she did everything at home while being watched by her extremely bitter mother, Rosetta. CURRENT STATUS:
Rosa Lee’s typical day is waking up to a painful reality of poverty and hopelessness after the high has worn off. Rosa has the drive to get up and steal or sell drugs so her children are housed, given money to buy drugs and fed. Rosa Lee is currently dead. She died on July 8th, 1995. Before she passed away, Rosa was living in an apartment which three of her sons, one of her daughters and a grandchild lived in. Rosa was not employed. She received income from welfare checks, which her mother had full control over, so she began prostituting and selling drugs to provide for her eight children. INDICATORS OF USE/ABUSE/DEPENDENCY:
Attitude and Behavior: Rosa Lee seems to be more functional and motivated when she is under the influence of heroin. When she is not Rosa Lee's body responses to drug use withdrawal are usually associated to how she takes medication to control the related symptoms that the use of dangerous drugs have caused. Since her reading skills are inadequate, she is not accurate in following the dosage of the prescribed medication,...
References: Dash, Leon. Rosa Lee: A mother and her family in urban America (1996) Basic Books. New York, NY
Doweiko, Harold E. Concepts of Chemical Dependency. Eighth Edition (20120 Brooks/ Cole. Belmint, CA
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