The participants were selected purposefully according to the research criteria.
The inclusion criterion was the experience of substance abuse and the exclusion criterion was the lack of family life experience.
In fact, Iran is the neighbor of two main opium-producing countries named Afghanistan and Pakistan.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) (2), the largest opioid discovery reports in the world was in 2014 in Iran.
Earlier studies in Iran mainly focus on the epidemiology of substance abuse among adolescents and few studies have focused on its underlying factors.
Patients and Methods: This is a qualitative study, and the conventional content analysis method was used.Results: Four themes were obtained based on the research goal: Paternal role, maternal role, discipline methods, and family function.The paternal role consisted of three categories of insufficient paternity, passive paternity, and lack of paternity.The present research was aimed to investigate the family environment from the adolescent drug user’s perspective.In this research, a qualitative approach and a conventional content analysis method (20) were used.How to Cite: Moradi P, Fathali Lavasani F, Dejman M. Background: Substance abuse has always been one of the major health concerns in Iran.Adolescent Substance Abuse and Family Environment: A Qualitative Study, Int J High Risk Behav Addict. Substance abuse during adolescence has a range of negative consequences for the individual.Finally, the family function referred to a blaming and unsupportive family.Conclusions: Substance abuse prevention programs for vulnerable teenagers will have better outcomes by involving their parents, particularly their fathers.The participants consisted of 12 people who were selected using purposeful sampling method.They were the adolescents in Tehran Province Youth Detention Center in Iran with previous or current experience of substance abuse in the age range of 15 - 19 years old. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and the data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.