n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Lived experiences of living with an illicit drug user

Volume 109, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


In South Africa illicit drug use plays a role in many major social problems, such as violence, stress and child abuse. Drug use can lead to homelessness, crime, absence from work or experiencing problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families. Families in which addiction occur are oftentimes painful to live in, which is why those who live with addiction may become traumatised, to varying degrees, by the experience. Broad mood swings, from one end of the emotional, psychological or behavioural spectrum to the other, all too often characterise the addicted family system.

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