In chapter 4 of Righteous Dopefiend, a number of drug users are interviewed on their childhood. They describe their relationships with their families and how their drug use has impact those relationships. A number of individuals no longer keep in contact with their families and have become disconnected with them because their usage has taken over their lives. Some, on the other hand, remain in contact with their families but their drug use has clearly put strain on their relationship. There appeared to be a connection between race and family relationship attainment. African Americans tended to maintain their relationships with their families throughout their addictions, while whites did not.
Why do you think whites did not maintain relationships with their families and blacks did?
Do you think race and socioeconomic status played a part in family relationship attainment amongst these individuals?
Why might these families choose to either maintain or discontinue relationships with their addicted family member?