Families Parenting Adolescents With Substance Abuse-Recovering the Mother's Voice: A Narrative Literature Review.Research can be hard to read and often very dull because of it's dependence on statistics (that can often be very confusing). What is sometimes left out is the human voice that is screaming out from behind the hypothesis. What does this mean to me? How does this research affect my life? If you are a mother of a child with substance abuse there is often a guilt that goes along with this and because of that people don't want to talk about it. But we must because, as we know intellectually, we are not alone.
In a recent research paper published in the Journal of Family Nursing a review of the literature was done from a narrative perspective. Where was the mother's voice in previous research on this topic? Here is the abstract from that study:
Authors: Smith JM, Estefan A
Alcohol and substance dependency are complex, problematic phenomena, which are growing worldwide. In particular, drug use and abuse among young people is a significant concern. Although addiction presents as a problem of dependent individuals, families are also profoundly affected by the family member's addiction. In this narrative literature review, we review published research from 1937 to 2014 to capture a narrative and historical perspective of addiction and family. We condense and analyze the experiences of parents with alcohol- and drug-dependent children, to emphasize the need for a more specific, in-depth exploration of mothers' experiences. Such exploration may advance nurses' understandings of individual, familial, and social complexities of parenting an addicted child. Read More
J Fam Nurs. 2014 Oct 23;
We are looking to hear more about this study and encourage researchers to consider the family as a whole when it comes to these kinds of issues.