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The Cost of Addiction: How Much Would You Pay?
MIAMI VALLEY -- How much would you pay to save a loved one struggling with an addiction? Treatment can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $100,000, and that cost isn't the only one a New Carlisle mom is taking on to help her daughter.
Lori Erion is dealing with stolen checks and credit cards, and pawned valuables. Because she can't pay out any more and watch her daughter, April, use heroin, she called police.
"I understand you're mad but this is what I have to do!" Lori said during the confrontation with her daughter and police.
"It's not, though, you WANT to and that's the difference!" April screamed back.
Lori replied she's doing it to save April's life. The exchange happened after Clark County investigators had begun questioning April about her mom's stolen property. After three years using heroin, April will go to jail, having stolen about $5,000 from Lori during her time using drugs.
"It's to the point where she needs to be held accountable and I cannot afford to be losing everything to be going into my accounts. I mean I just don't make that kind of money," Lori said before police arrived.
"The person who is addicted, the entire family suffers," said Substance Abuse Counselor William Roberts, adding that Lori is not alone in the Miami Valley in trying to fix her daughter's financial troubles due to drug use.
"Sometimes we don't allow people to have consequences because we're attempting to save them and according to the data we're losing more of them," he said.
Roberts says the epidemic of heroin deaths in Montgomery County is related to changes in treatment.
In 2012, 210 people died because of drug deaths in the Miami Valley.
Roberts says rehab used to last about a year, and now it's about 30 days.
He adds the only live-in treatment facility in Montgomery County is a 28-day program, and believes the change in time spent in treatment is because of money.
"The costs are great we're paying with human lives," Roberts said.
"You're a loose cannon, sweetie!" Lori screamed during the confrontation
She said she won't pay anymore money, and watch April stay addicted to heroin.
With a criminal charge, she will have to answer to the courts instead of an angry mom.
"I hope someday she comes to me and says thank you for doing that," Lori said.
Lori has started a support and education group called "Friends of Addicts" that is available to those looking for help and support in dealing with loved ones suffering from addictions.
A schedule of weekly meetings can be found at the group's website here.
NARANON is a free support group.
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