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Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
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Research Article

Drug Use and Spatial Dynamics of Household Allocation

Eloise Dunlap*1 and Emma J. Brown2

1National Development and Research Institute, New York, USA

2South Marion Avenue, Lake City, Florida, USA

Corresponding Author:
Eloise Dunlap
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Received date: date: Feb 03, 2016; Accepted date: date: Apr 06, 2015; Published date: date: Apr 10, 2015

Citation: Dunlap E, Brown EJ (2016) Drug Use and Spatial Dynamics of Household Allocation. J Addict Res Ther 7:275. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000275

Copyright: © 2016 Dunlap E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Household space allocation by women who consume drugs in New York and North Florida is depicted to demonstrate the complex character of household space and social relations. Some parents attempt to hide their drug consumption through the allocation space in the household for drug use. Women allocation of space for drug use within their households and the impact of this on the household are relevant issues with implications for therapy and prevention.
Objective: The use of household space has not been a focus of social scientists. Middle class households have been used by decoration literature to specify space utilization. Modest literature pay attention to the utilization of household space among drug focused households. Analysis herein looks at the lived social relations of drug users to their children through controlling household space.
Methods: Data presented comes from two studies, New York and Florida. The studies involved a total of 158 participants in 72 families from New York and 26 participants in 23 families in North Florida. Both researches used an ethnographic methodology focusing on a variety of behavior patterns and conduct norms occurring within drug abusing households. Repeated interviews and observations took place in households which were visited at different times and days of the week. Florida study was conducted over a 2-year period; New York study took place over a 5- year period.
Results: Data suggest parents attempted to conceal their drug use from their offspring by using various strategies. Mental, social, and physical were tied together in space allocation. Household space acquired a different meaning and arose from use practice.
Conclusion: In urban and rural settings a pattern of household allocation space and drug consumption is emerging. Although drug consumption is still prominent, it is not all consuming or the primary focus in the lives of women who use drugs. These women may have learned to integrate their consumption into their daily household/ family life through the reallocation of space in their homes.

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