Chapter Ten: Family Risks and Resiliencies

Addiction does not only impact individuals, but entire families. 

Watch “A Mother’s Desperation: Resorting to the Law”

https://www.films.com/id/15989 

Then review this important guide:  “Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs”

https://www.drugpolicy.org/sites/default/files/DPA_SafetyFirst_2014_0.pdf 

Then create a 300-word top-level post that responds to the following questions in ESSAY format:

1. Briefly explain the approach(es) taken by the mother in the film to control her teen’s drug use and addiction. 

2. Provide an analysis of the approaches to teen addiction depicted in the case study in the film (e.g. Do you agree with resorting to the law to address teen addiction, and with the other strategies used by the mother?)

3. If you were a parent, how could you approach this case–and teen drug use, in general–differently? (Directly refer to suggestions from the above “Safety First” manual; be sure to consider strength-based approaches, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapies, as well). 

4. Provide some suggestions that might help the mother and other family members cope with the teen’s drug use and addiction (check out all the literature and resources Al-Anon provides, for example:

https://al-anon.org/ 

*** Be sure to use examples from the readings and field trip to support your answers to the above questions.***

Be sure to create one 300-word top level post in ESSAY FORMAT (not numbered responses)