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Event hopes to help addicts and their families discover treatment options

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - As the parents of a child suffering from addiction, there's one fear that is all too familiar. 

"I didn't know day to day if she was going to survive all of this," said Margy Richards. 

For Margy and Paul Richards, they watched their daughter Jennifer Vega struggle with addiction for nearly two decades. 

"Nobody wakes up and says they want to be an addict and throw their lives away on drugs and alcohol," said Vega.

They watched the impact it had not just on her, but on her children as well. 

"I didn't care about the fact that I had children, it gets such a hold over your life that it is so hard to break free," said Vega. 

"It was just so heart-wrenching when she'd be picked up for using and the kids didn't see their mother again for a period of time," said Vega's mother.

Jennifer finally received treatment through a court mandate, the best thing she says, that has ever happened to her. 

"It just got to the point where I didn't want to be alive anymore, you just come to a point where you just don't want to be alive, there's no hope," said Vega.

Now she helps other addicts to see there is in fact hope, there is a way out, through different treatment options, and community support. 

 An event geared towards addicts and their families find treatment options will take place from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Monday at the Dolomite Lodge, located at 3100 Atlantic Avenue in Penfield.

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