VIDEO: Never give up, never surrender

Matt Westerhold
Aug 15, 2014


Organizers of a "Recovery March" next month in Sandusky sent a clear message Friday: Overcoming addiction is possible for anyone. 

"When should you give up on an addict?" "Between the Lines" host and Register managing editor Matt Westerhold asked Joey Supina, a recovery expert and one of the organizers.

"Never," Supina said.

Watch the Recovery Walk Between the Lines in the video player below.

The Recovery March is set to start at 9 a.m. from the Sandusky Artisans recovery center on Market Street to Shoreline Park in Sandusky, where a rally is planned with guests speakers who support the recovery movement. People who want to participate can register now using the form attached here, and can also register beginning at 8 a.m.  on the day of the march. 

Supina, Susan Prentice, who son died of a heroin overdose 16 months ago, Henrietta Whalen, who works with Bayshore Counseling Services, Mary Beth Wade Jones, an instructor at Firelands BGSU COllege and Libby Sosa, a recovering addict, all participated in Friday's program.

Prentice has been working with Erie County officials for months since her son died, including county commissioners, local judges, Erie County Health commissioner Pete Schade and Sheriff Paul Sigsworth, Sandusky police Chief John Orzech and others to develop a fully functional recovery system. 

"We need an in-patient treatment center," Prentice said. 

Supina said county officials and other stakeholders are developing a comprehensive plan to attack the problem, and he and the other guests all talked about the commitment county and local officials have shown developing the plan. 

"We have an opportunity to change the paradigm in addiction treatment, not just for here but for everywhere," he said. 

Whalen said the need for effective treatment has grown. 

"In the past two years we've seen a dramitc rise in heroin addiction at Bayshore," she said. 


WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13

WHERE: Meet at the Sandusky Artisans Recovery Center, which is located on the south side of Market Street between Columbus Avenue and Wayne Street. The march will be to Shoreline Park where a rally is planned with guests speakers.

REGISTER: Registration not required but the first 200 people who do register will receive a free recovery T-Shirt. Get a registration from here, or contact the center at 419-621-9377. Get the registration form HERE

SUPPORT: Sandusky Artisans is a nonprofit. Donations for the Recovery Walk and the ongoing recovery efforts at the center are encouraged and can be sent to the center at 138 E. Market St., Sandusky 44870.

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The entire basis of AA is in giving yourself over and into the hands of a higher power. A treatment center is not a higher power. We had a treatment center here in Sandusky, FRMC ran it, at one point it was so large ( and prosperous) that it took all of the old Memorial Hospital. There was an adult unit, an adolescent unit, Tri County Addiction Center was housed there, the cafeteria held 12 step meetings morning, noon and night. When insurance companies tired of 4, 5, and 6 rounds of treatment for some addicts they stopped paying for it. Bye bye centers, few could afford to pay out of pocket. It was decided sobriety did NOT come from a treatment center.
Here we are 20 yrs later and we still have addicts, in fact we may have more, and again we are discussing, actually some are demanding that we open up another treatment center.
I don't have the answer for addiction, if anyone did it would be a different world. The most effective way to get and stay sober is through the 12 steps, read where AA started, it was no treatment center.


A) The current problem we are facing is NOT your parents version of addiction. Alcohol and marijuana? AA is probably sufficient for most. Opiates? Yeah right. Opiate addicts (pills or heroin) need inpatient care. Period. Today's addict is not the homeless guy living under the bridge either. It's infected everyone's family. All age groups, all races, all income levels. Opiates strip everyone of their souls equally and without discrimination. You can safely assume that any obituary you read where the age of death is below 40 was probably an overdose. Not all, but most. These drugs kill.

B) Trust me, if Firelands could figure out a way to profit from treating addicts they would. The reason they don't is because there's not enough money in it. It's all about the $$ and image. Now that a new treatment center is in the works has been announced however, watch how fast Firelands throws something together.

C) Using your logic we should immediately stop treatment for all chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, etc. because those people, despite expensive and recurring treatment, are still sick. Obviously then it should be decided that health does not come from a treatment center.


No where did I say to stop treatment. You're awfully defensive.
Do you think heroin and opiates were not available 20 yrs ago? The only difference in pharmaceutical opiates is that now we have time released versions such as OxyContin, but OxyContin is oxycodone which is not a new drug.
The dangerous part of rehabbing from opiates is the detox portion, which could and should be handled by Firelands. Staying sober is the next issue and you cannot stay in a treatment center forever. Addiction to a substance is addiction no matter the type, the best way to maintain sobriety is with a 12 step program. And that does not come from a treatment center.


My opinion is that we need to look at the reasons behind the addiction. There is a point in time when the person gives their self permission to take that first hit, drink or smoke. The question that has always come to my mind is 'why do they think they need to do that knowing full well that they will become addicted'?

I believe that answer is they are trying to fill a void in their soul and think they can from doing chemicals of whatever kind they choose. Oh and let's not forget food addiction, either. Some think that because they are legally addictive mood adjusters, that it's ok because they won't be called a drug addict if they get drunk and stupid.

Remember the town drunk on the Andy Griffith show years ago? They never once tried to get help for him, they enabled him to continue the behavior. Yes, I know it was just a television program, but the point is that is how they dealt with alcoholics back then in real life. We still have town drunks, it's just that they don't seem so bad now with all the heroin and other chemicals creating so much havoc and crime.

Do I have the answer? Probably not. I do believe that trying to fill an emptiness in my soul with anything but God, is not going to work. I think this is the reason that the 12 step programs work for those who are willing to do the steps. It gives them their power to choose life and not chemicals. let go of the problem and let God handle it works for me.

disclaimer; I am not in any programs, addicted to anything or a know it all.