Finding support as a parent of a substance abuser

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Finding support as a parent of a substance abuser

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When I first thought my child was using drugs, the only place I knew to turn was to the phone book. And I looked under substance abuse and also drug and alcohol and what I found was that there was a resource called the Single County Authority. And that housed all the information that I would need to be able to get help for my child, whether it would be for an assessment – and an assessment is just a complete picture, an overview of what’s happening with your child – and also for treatment. And it’s so important that you get treatment as soon as possible. That intervention has to happen as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more jeopardy your child is in. One of the other avenues that I pursued was trying to find parents’ support group. There are many out there, but again, you have to find the one that’s right for you. Also Al-Anon is a good resource for parents and you can go and be with other parents who have gone through this and learn from them some of the dos and don’ts and some valuable information that might help your child.

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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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