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September 5, 2004 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
Skid row is as vivid in her thoughts today as it was 15 years ago. Back then, she would sneak into a dark alley, surrounded by the stench of the dumpsters she leaned against, and inject herself with heroin. The scars on her arm won't let her forget. Mary Santos, now director of substance abuse programs at Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services in Los Angeles, shares her story of living on the streets with dozens of teenagers referred to her by the courts.
July 28, 2004 | Joy Buchanan, Times Staff Writer
Singer Courtney Love was sentenced Tuesday to a drug rehabilitation program in a case stemming from her alleged attempt to break into a former boyfriend's home. Love, 40, pleaded guilty two months ago to a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance during the alleged break-in attempt last October at the home of Jim Barber. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patricia M.
June 24, 2004 | Duke Helfand and Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles school officials are warning campuses not to use a drug prevention program linked to the Church of Scientology while California's schools chief has ordered an investigation to determine whether the anti-drug presentations are scientifically sound and free from the religion's influence. The target of the district and state actions is Narconon, a drug prevention and rehabilitation program that bases its ideas partly on the research and controversial teachings of Scientology founder L.
February 24, 2004 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Ah, Malibu. Sun, sand, rehab. For years, "Malibu" and "rehabilitation clinic" have been codependent, you might say, in many a celebrity news snippet. Ben Affleck, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr., Diana Ross, Paula Poundstone -- the list reels on of stars clearing up "some personal issues" at chic spots charging $30,000 or so per month. Enough with the detox already, a few Malibuites are pleading.
December 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge resealed Rush Limbaugh's medical records, giving the conservative radio commentator's attorneys time to appeal his earlier decision allowing prosecutors to examine the files for evidence Limbaugh illegally purchased painkillers. Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey A. Winikoff ordered that the records remain sealed for 15 days while Limbaugh's attorneys pursue their appeal.
December 9, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
After two years in prison, Debra Kelsey returned to Orange County with nothing but $200, the heroin addiction that had twice put her behind bars -- and a resolve to turn her life around. Three years of struggle later, the 43-year-old is a drug and alcohol counselor living in a spacious Irvine apartment. Now Kelsey is trying to ease the strain other women face upon their release from prison.
November 18, 2003 | Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer
Like many recovering addicts fresh from rehab, he was bursting with new personal insights. His vaunted confrontational vocabulary had taken on an unexpected dimension -- self-empowerment references and the occasional reminder that you cannot feel responsible for other people's happiness. Only this time the recovering addict was a rich and famous 52-year-old man sitting inside a Manhattan radio studio, speaking to millions of people.
November 10, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Two years after implementation, the jury is still very much out in Ventura County over whether a voter-approved diversion program for nonviolent drug offenders is a success. Under the provisions of Proposition 36, just over 4,000 county drug offenders have been referred to drug treatment and supervision rather than being sent to jail. Of those, 280 have completed required therapy sessions and are considered drug free. But is a 7% success rate good enough?
November 8, 2003 | Mary Mcnamara, Times Staff Writer
Rush LIMBAUGH in rehab. Shortly after his Oct. 10 announcement that he was addicted to painkillers, the conservative radio talk-show host checked himself into an undisclosed addiction rehabilitation facility. Instantly, Limbaugh -- who over the years has insisted that drug addicts are simply common criminals -- found himself the subject, rather than the instigator, of heated social commentary.
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