Crystal Weiss Omregcik of Wheeling said she first knew her son had a substance abuse problem when officials at his middle school called her in for a meeting. His addiction to "anything he got his hands on" affected his education and family life, she said.
When he was 18, she finally had him arrested, although besides his drug abuse he was not committing crimes, Omregcik said.
"That was the only way I could get my son to this point," she said.
Omregcik's son eventually went to a dual-diagnosis treatment center for the better part of a year, she said. He now works as a carpenter and is "doing fabulous," she said.
Another mother, Nancy Fry, said her son had a substance abuse problem for 12 years. His struggle included threats of suicide and being stabbed because of a drug debt, she said.
After treatment, he's clean now, she said.
Rockefeller said he wants to hear from those with personal stories of substance abuse about what more officials can do.
"I want to hear them talk about it -- what was missing for them and what they needed but couldn't get it," Rockefeller said.
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