Finding the right treatment facility of an addiction

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You know, parents don’t really know what questions to ask when they are trying to admit their child into a treatment program. And it’s very, very difficult if you’re not educated. So what I would tell parents is there’s some great resources online. You can even type in, “What questions should I ask?” and resources will pop up for you. But I do know of one resource which is the Partnership at drugfree.org and on that website they have a list of questions that you would be able to ask about a facility. One thing you need to be sure of is that you’re not placing your child in an adult facility. You want to look for a facility that’s adolescent specific, so that they only treat adolescents or that they have a really good adolescent program. Again, I learned this the hard way when I put my child into treatment. Didn’t know what questions to ask. And she was put into an adult facility, which is devastating. It’s just devastating. Ended up getting in a fight with an adult and here she was still just 15 years old. Make sure that you find a quality treatment facility. Ask around. Don’t be afraid to ask the question. For whoever you can reach. Reach out. Check the web. Go to the Partnership and find answers to those crucial questions, the things that you need to ask. Because sometimes, you won’t get a second chance.

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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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