The importance of an addiction recovery plan

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The importance of an addiction recovery plan

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Many times I am asked: What's the difference between Treatment and Recovery? What I would say to parents is that Recovery is part of the Treatment process, because you have Treatment that leads into Recovery. I know, for myself, when my daughter was in the height of her addiction, I would take her to treatment facilities -- I had her at 11 different facilities -- that, at times, they would treat her for three days and tell me she was well; sometimes up to 28. What I found was, they never mentioned Recovery. So what I thought when I took her home, she was well. What I have since found -- Unfortunately, my daughter passed away -- you have to have a Recovery Plan, and it's crucial. A Recovery Plan is when your child just comes out of Treatment, then you have a plan on how they are going to stay sober. A Recovery Plan includes; changing people, places, and things. Giving them goals, setting goals for themselves; so they have something to aim for. A Recovery Plan is part of the Treatment process. What I tell parents; when you leave a facility, make sure you have a Recovery Plan in place.

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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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