Educating the family about the dangers of relapsing

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Educating the family about the dangers of relapsing

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When a person is clean and in recovery, and relapses, generally they go back to the same drugs that they used. And what happened with my daughter, especially when it comes to drugs like the opiates, whether it be Oxycontin or heroin, and what happened was that she picked up and used the same amount. Heroin is in different purity levels and your body reacts differently. And what happened with my daughter is she picked up the same amount that she used when she was an active user. And since her body had had time to get clean what she used was too much. And once she had injected the heroin she went into a coma and passed out. What addicts need to know is it's very dangerous when you go back and use again when you're clean. And parents need to have these discussions, that's why it is so crucial that they be a part of the process, and that the whole family is educated about addiction. And the what ifs and the what happens in the realm of recovery. Because you don't want to end up like my child going back and using and not getting another chance to recover.

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Sharon LeGore

Family Advocate

Sharon is the founder and president of Momstell, a parent advocacy organization she created after the death of her daughter to a drug overdose.  She created the Momstell website in order to expand the mission to join concerned parents and families to work together towards improving drug treatment, education, legislation, and policy. Mrs. LeGore has worked on many drug and alcohol policy, state budget and legislative issues for Pennsylvania, including legislation to create the first statewide Parent Advisory Council for substance abuse issues in Pennsylvania. She serves on several policy tables and co-chairs the PA Children’s Advisory Committee.

Mrs. LeGore is a consultant on substance abuse family involvement issues for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and is also the co-director of the SAMHSA sponsored “National Family Dialogue”. Sharon co-authored the CSAT/SAMHSA report “Families of Youth with Substance Use Disorders: A National Dialogue”, an issue brief entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment” a journal piece for Reclaiming Futures entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery: What do we know and what lies ahead”, co-authored the “Access to Substance Abuse Treatment: Results of a Family Survey” as well as several additional published articles. She is a national speaker and also serves on the Parent Advisory Board for the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Sharon is the mother of four and resides in Mt Wolf, Pennsylvania with her husband Terry.

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