Dan and Mary have one son, James, who is 15 years old. James has been caught stealing from the local market numerous times, and he took his parents’ car out for the evening without their permission. James still experiences neck pain from a car accident that he and his mother were involved in two years prior. You learn that he is taking prescription pain medication that is not prescribed, and you have also noticed that Mary comes to the sessions intoxicated. James states that he does not talk to his parents and that he uses the pain medication to help him cope with his family life.

  • Identify the roles that you see James, Dan, and Mary having in this family.
  • What behaviors do you think are related to Mary’s drinking?
  • What are the social, economic, and physiological factors that James presents due to his addiction?

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