Review the Chapter 9 interview of Sally, who had become dependent on Oxy-Contin. She was arrested for trafficking- transferring a quantity of a narcotic to a friend working undercover for the police- spent 18 months in a maintenance program, became clean after a few relapses, and finally kicked her habit. She is now in recovery and is looking for a job appropriate to her education. Provide your own thoughts about the following questions:
Why do you think a young woman such as Sally- intelligent, an “A” student in high school, a college undergraduate- would begin using a narcotic drug, eventually, to the point of addiction? Do any of her rationales make sense?
Does it have to do with Sally’s specific and unique characteristics, her family background, the milieu she grew up in?
Do you believe that she is “cured,” that she has ultimately and finally “kicked” the drug habit? If so, why was she successful while so many other addicts have been failures?
Do you think that it is significant that Sally had to place her son with her parents because she could not take care of him- that she chose, for a time in her life, drugs over motherhood?
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