|dc.description.abstract||Background and objectives: Adolescents have a risk of drug abuse during their development, which demands
care by the parents in a family environment. This study explored the experiences of families with
Materials and methods: This study used a descriptive phenomenological qualitative design. Seven participants
were recruited for the study using the snowballing sampling technique. The data collection
instruments employed included interviews, ﬁeld notes, and tape recorders. Sociodemographic data were
collected comprising age, sex, religion, and relationships with other drug users. Interview guidelines
were prepared based on the research objectives and they were further translated into a number of
questions to explore the experiences of the families. Data were obtained using in-depth interviews. The
Colaizzi method was used for data analysis.
Results: The results characterized the feelings of the parents/families, stigma felt by families, coping
mechanisms used by families, family burden, ways of ﬁxing the problem, obtaining the support of family,
and family expectations of the parties involved. The families experienced a deep, prolonged, and repetitive
Conclusions: This study identiﬁed several themes in the experiences of families with drug-using children.
We suggest that drug service agencies assign a public health nurse to act as a counselor and
advocate to help families manage and overcome their problems.||en_US