Healing the family of an addicted child

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You know it is very important that the entire family be involved in the recovery process. When a child comes home after treatment, to do this alone is nearly impossible. You need the support of your family. And so, what I tell parents is and what I learned when I brought my child home, I was unaware that there was a process. And in the process of not knowing and not educating myself, I lost my child. Family is important. Family is so crucial to the recovery process, and each member plays a part. They are not responsible for the recovery, but they play a part. What I tell parents is you can´t take a sick tree out of a sick forest, get it healthy and put it back in a sick forest and expect it to thrive. Every family member is tramautized by what goes on, not only the addict. So it is crucial that you get help, maybe counseling, get some educaiton, and be part of the recovery process so your child has the best chance of getting well.

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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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