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DECLARATION



EXPERIENCES,

CHALLENGES AND COPING STRATEGIES OF PARENTS LIVING WITH

TEENAGERS ABUSING CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES IN RAMOTSE is my own work

and that all the sources that were used or quoted have been indicated and

acknowledged by means of complete references.











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Mrs. F Mathibela Date

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3.5. THEME 2: PARENTS’ EXPERIENCES AFTER DISCOVERING THAT THEIR

TEENAGERS WERE ABUSING CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES

Parents were asked to describe their experiences and feelings when they discovered

that their teenagers were abusing chemical substances. The following figure 5 shows

the theme and sub-themes that emerged from the parents’ responses:















Figure 5: Theme 2 and subthemes

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Sub-theme 2.1: Parents experienced a sense of failure with regard to the

upbringing of their teenagers.

The above sub-theme is supported by the following comments:



I believe if I was honest with my son from the beginning about his biological father he

would have never taken drugs, but finding out later in life made him frustrated and he

decided to go and use drugs. He was angry with me and said that I was never honest

that I t think I did a





teacher; can you imagine the embarrassment? I teach my learners at school to

stay away from drugs while my own child is doing drugs. Sometimes I feel so

discouraged to even talk to other children about drug abuse. I feel like I am a failure as

a mother. How could my son end up using drugs? I thought I raised him well but this

raising

this child. My husband and I have tried to get him everything he needed as a child.







The parents felt that they had failed their children and themselves, believing that family

problems and divorce may have caused their teenagers to be addicted to chemical

substances. Chemical substance abuse does not only affect the person who is abusing

it, but also the lives of their family members, which can become strained as the parents

begin to feel angry, anxious and even guilty about the situation (McKeganey, 2014:57).

The parents shared their guilt feelings about failing their teenagers and they felt that

they were responsible for their teenagers’ behaviour. Some of the parents felt that they

were not there for their teenagers when they needed them.

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