Wendy Grove, executive director of the Everett Recovery Cafe, suggested kindness. LeGate used to work with a woman whose son used heroin.
Three other panelists joined LeGate on stage for the public forum, which was hosted by the city of Everett as part of the Community Streets Initiative.
LeGate talked about the stigma for parents of those who struggle with addiction.
Addiction wasn’t something they talked about, she said.
One mother’s tragic tale of losing a son to drug addiction — and how she is determined to help others
referring to “You could have children that may find drugs.”“This problem affects families, the legal system, the criminal justice system [and] the child welfare system,” said Lauren Thorp, director of Hope for Recovery.
Saturday, a meeting was held at Kent State Trumbull to give people more information about the science of addiction and its legal perspective.
“Our goal when we planned this event was to let those family members know that they’re not alone,” said Bonnie Wilson, chairperson of Hope for Recovery.
That’s why she took it upon herself to reach out to the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board four years ago.
“We need to let them know that they’re not alone in this journey or in this struggle.”Ted St. John also shared his story of recovery.
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