Experiences of families living with Nyaope users in Tshwane, Gauteng province

Dorcas Nene, Florah Mkhonto, Kebogile E. Mokwena*

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Background: Nyaope is one of the commonly used drugs in many low socio-economic communities in South Africa. Because of its highly addictive properties, the vast majority of users are not able to quit, which results in long-term difficulties for their families. Aim: The aim of this study was to explore and describe the experiences of families living with nyaope users in a township in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. Setting: Data were collected at the Social Development Centre, which serves a variety of social needs of families, including the various needs of families whose problems emanate from nyaope use. The family members were recruited from the registry of the centre. Methods: A qualitative design and in-depth interviews were used to collect data from a sample of family members who were purposively sampled. NVIvo 12 was used for thematic analysis of the data. Results: Three major themes emerged from the data, these being, consequences of nyaope use on the family, family interventions, and coping strategies. Conclusion: Although the families have devised interventions and developed coping strategies, nyaope use remains a serious mental health challenge in affected families. Contribution: The study highlighted the negative impact of nyaope on the social and mental health of the families. The assistance offered at Social Development is broad and general for substance abuse, but does little to mitigate the complex difficulties brought about by nyaope use.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera2338
JournalHealth SA Gesondheid
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Tshwane families
  • coping strategies
  • experiences and nyaope
  • family support
  • nyaope
  • qualitative research


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