Addicts' pleas for help have been heard

Addicts' plea for help heard

ELYRIA - A near fatal overdose has two local men searching for help to get clean after their darkest moments were streamed live on Facebook.

The LACADA Way helps people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.  The organization saw the story we did on Friday, reached out to us and asked how they could help and help is what both of these families need.

"I almost lost both of them,” said Melissa Spettle.  “And you can lose yours too if you have not already."

Marcus Clark is Melissa's only son and seeing him drift in and out of consciousness in the front seat of this car broke her heart.

“To see that video,” said Spettle.  “It was sickening, but I want that video to stay out there.  I want people to know that this can happen to anyone.  “I am getting help for my son. I think that is the most important thing right now."

Michael, Marcus and their families have spent hours on the phone every day since this happened on Thursday trying to get help.

“I would pick up my bags as quick as possible, and I would definitely go. The money is the only thing that is holding me back."

Marcus not only wants it for himself but for someone else too.

"I have a five year old daughter,” said Clark.  “She is one of the biggest reasons I am doing this. Not only am I doing it for her, but I know if I do not better myself then there's nothing I can do to help her."

Both Marcus and Michael say they have not touched heroin since.  Marcus admits he is going through withdrawals.  Meanwhile, Michael is not.

"No craving no and part of that is the surrounding I am in,” said Michael.  “I am not around people that are sitting around talking about it 24/7."

Instead, these two longtime friends are sitting around talking about something else.  Unfortunately or fortunately, it took this to change that conversation.

"It was probably one of the scariest moments of my life,” said Clark.  “To think that I feel like I almost killed my best friend, and I already lost many friends to heroin already to lose another I don't know what I would do."

Spettle added, "I am so thankful that they are both here with me today.”

Michael will be stopping by the Primary Purpose Recovery Center Monday afternoon.  Marcus is still working on getting into a treatment facility.  We will be sure to update you on their progress.  But for now, they have been heroin free for five days as of Tuesday November 22.


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