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.
MARCH FOR RECOVERY
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.
Watch the program in the player below or live at sanduskyregister.com