PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a doctor who is passionate about helping patients find treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, Dean Ruble
is committed to determining the circumstances that could cause negative patterns of addiction. He explains that as more research is conducted on the causes of drug abuse, professionals are gaining specific insight on how to prevent and address addiction before it becomes harder to manage. As such, Dr. Ruble points to a recent article from Counsel & Heal that sheds new light on emerging research that links drug abuse in males to family conflict in earlier years.
The article explains, "Studies have found that children from families where domestic violence and abuse are prevalent are more prone to high-risk behaviors, such as using illegal drugs. Other studies have looked into the effects of sibling conflict, such as bullying and found similar results as well. However, not many studies have tied the two variables together until now. In a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Illinois, researchers found that family conflict, which includes domestic abuse and sibling aggression, leads to increased violence and drug abuse in boys."
Dean Ruble responds, "I commend the researchers at University of Illinois for depicting the wide variety of issues that can come from early family conflict. While the research reveals the potential for childhood violence to cause drug abuse later on, I think it is also critical to observe the widespread consequences that these environments can lead to."
The article expands on the research method and states, "In this study, the researchers looked at four different middle schools located in the Midwest. Over 1,200 students were administered questionnaires that aimed to measure levels of substance abuse, fighting and bullying perpetration. The questionnaires also looked into the types and frequency of home conflict, which include teasing, arguing and physical aggression. The researchers found that for boys in the family, family conflict in general led to more aggressive behaviors and drug abuse. For girls in the family, however, there were higher levels of drug abuse, but the researchers could not conclude that it was due to family conflict. The researchers believe that females tend to be more internal with these emotions and could potentially be at risk of depression and anxiety."
"Obviously, not much good can come for early exposure to violence. Although drug abuse is certainly a consequence that is worth addressing, it is also important to assess the emotional damage these experiences can cause. It is my hope that this research will spur more proactive measures to prevent bullying and reduce family conflict," Dr. Dean Ruble concludes.
is currently a doctor with Midwest Medical Point of Care, where he practices internal medicine. However, Dr. Ruble's true passion lies in treating those who are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse. His goal is to help patients cope with substance abuse, while simultaneously treating the psychological disorders that often occur alongside these problems. Dr. Ruble graduated with a doctor of osteopathy in medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990.