VIDEO: Downtown Vigil Raises Awareness About Addiction

More than 30 people toughed out some cold wet weather to take part in Lights of Hope.

The vigil Sunday at Windsor's Charles Clark Square shines a light on those addicted, dealing with addiction, and who have lost their battle with addiction.

Organizer Lisa Whitehead lost her best friend Carrie to a fentanyl overdose in 2015 despite doing her best to prevent her death but her story doesn't end there.

She tells AM800 News her son is currently fighting a battle with drug addiction and she won't give up on him and preaches that others do the same.

"This is for her, as well as a lot of the people that are still on the streets and are out there, I know 90% of them have no voice and they have no body to speak up and a lot of them have no family," she says. "Without that there's really no hope."

Family, friend or total stranger, Whitehead says there's only one way to get through to someone who is on their way to rock bottom.

"Love them, love them unconditionally, tough love is going to end in death. Things are changing quite a bit in how they're supposed to be treated, you treat them with love just like they had diabetes," she says. 

Turning your back on someone won't accomplish anything, she added.

"There has to be barriers and there has to be limits but start talking to people and go to councillors, they can help," says Whitehead. "You can never ever, ever, do it alone. Whether it's the family fighting for their loved ones or the loved one fighting to get out of it."

The vigil is part of International Recovery Month.