What to do if your child relapses with drugs

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What to do if your child relapses with drugs

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Relapse in addiction is very common. You need to understand that's part of the process of Recovery. So relapse may happen once, it may happen twice, it may happen a dozen times; it depends on the person and when they actually "get it" on the road to Recovery. What you need to understand with relapse, as long as there is breath, there's hope. As long as there's hope, then you search for the help that you need. When relapse occurs, don't be reactive to that. Let your child know that you love them and get the back into treatment. The quicker you get them back in treatment, the quicker they can get back on track and begin the Recovery process. When you think about relapse, don't think of it as a failure, if you can put it in your mind that it's part of the process of recovery, then you can be there for your child; not make them feel worse because they have relapsed. Help them through the process. That's what they need. So as long as there is breath, there is hope for Recovery.

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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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