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Care in family coping with teenagers who use drugs

Sociology International Journal
<font face="Arial, Verdana"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">Zapata Flores Laura Cecilia, Realivazquez Pérez Lorena, Carrasco Cerventes María De Jesús&nbsp;</span></font>

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Aim: Know the meanings and family coping of adolescents who consume drugs in rehabilitation. Method: Qualitative research with a phenomenological design sought to know the life stories of the families of adolescents who consume drugs in a rehabilitation center in the city of Chihuahua. Participant observation, field diary and in-depth interview were used, content analysis was carried out in three moments: discovery, coding and construction of units of meaning. Results: The consumption of addictive substances in an adolescent causes changes and feelings in family dynamics, generating helplessness, and anger and at the same time stress and fear. From the perspective of the coping experienced by the family of the adolescent who uses drugs, there are four categories: poor family communication; to us as a family who takes care of us; mother’s intuition, an awakening to reality and finally defeat as a family. Conclusion: It is not easy to structure a form of care, it was necessary to reach the most sensitive fibers of the human being in order to understand the processes in which he is immersed, establishing an intimate and intentional dialogue with him, since he is surrounded by a whirlwind of pain and suffering.


family coping, teenagers, consumption of drugs