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Family is one of the most important things to have. If you don’t have family, who’s going to support you when you’re down, or when you’re doing great? When people don’t have a family to lean on, things go wrong quickly and it usually ends up with the children misbehaving and later on in their lives, they’re more prone to drug abuse and getting in trouble with the law. The feeling of fear is present in everyone; we all crave that feeling of safety.
A family gives us that safety blanket. The strength of the family members doesn’t matter; a nuclear family or even a common family gives you a sense of security. This is because you know that no matter what happens, your family will be there to help you. The family that will be presented in this paper is the Kashef family, my family is a family of four, though my parents divorced a few years ago.
Both of my parents have been working for as long as I can remember. I’m sure at one point my mom wasn’t working or vice versa, but for the most part, they have both had an income. My dad, Baze Kashef, has had many jobs in his life ranging from a pizza manager, to a taxi cab driver, to a housecleaner supervisor, to a crane operator, which he has been for years now. My mom, Lisa Kashef was a tax preparer at H&R Block for almost a decade if I do recall.
Now she works as an Amazon driver and Uber driver.
Addiction runs deep on both sides of my family and both of my parents have addictive personalities. When my mom was younger she did hard drugs and drank a lot and this is mostly because my mom bounced around from foster home to foster because my birth grandfather and birth grandmother didn’t want anything to do with her. My birth grandfather has been an alcoholic since he was ten years old and is still an alcoholic. A few years ago my dad was heavily drinking and you could always tell he was trying to hide it, but it never worked and it reflected heavily on my brother and me I. Within this time frame my parents were fighting and there was a lot of yelling going on and so I knew that my dad turned to alcohol for relief. Every single person in an addict’s immediate family (and at times extended family) is affected in some way by the individual’s substance abuse. Addiction impacts a family’s finances, physical health, and psychological wellbeing 1. In recent years, our society has moved ever further away from the traditional nuclear family. There are single-parent houses, mixed families and houses run by grandparents, to name just a few family units. Each of these family structures and more will affect the addict’s overall impact on the family. If small children are part of the family, their age must also be taken into account in the effects of drug abuse. The same applies to older adults with grown-up children. The severity of the addiction and the nature of the substance addiction also influence the overall effect of addiction on a family.
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