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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 18, 2012
Earlier this week, before Parker Brown's jump serve, a couple of rowdy fans in the visiting bleachers yelled at the most fit player on the court. "No. 1 is on steroids!" the fans said together. There was a time last year when Brown said he was on drugs all the time. Without needing to leave his own two feet to smash a shot, the outside hitter was high on the volleyball court. Before matches, Brown said he smoked marijuana. After matches, he said he smoked out again.
NEWS
September 23, 2009
UC Irvine researchers have discovered that a drug they say could treat cancer may also keep recovering cocaine addicts from relapsing into their habit, university officials said in a news release. The drug, sodium butyrate, slows or blocks drug-seeking activity in mice who sought cocaine in earlier experiments, UCI neuroscientists found. Unlike typical drug-treatment programs that look to un-condition cues people associate with drug use, scientists took the novel approach of using sodium butyrate to address addictive behavior on a molecular level, school officials said.
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By TOM JOHNSON | August 31, 2007
Last year around this time I wrote about my addiction to ice cream. Häagen Dazs white chocolate raspberry truffle to be exact. Thanks to the help of Ralphs supermarket and Promelis Market in the Westcliff area, I’ve managed to kick that habit. Simply put, they don’t carry it anymore. But once an addict, always an addict. Check out an AA meeting, you’ll see a lot of cigarettes and Diet Coke. So, those late-night hours at home, that used to be set aside for some good, old fashioned ice cream eating, are now filled with something else.
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By Chris Mears | December 22, 2009
The holidays are a chance for loved ones and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Alcohol can be a part of many of these gatherings. All too often, there is someone in the crowd who has a problem with alcohol abuse or addiction. Alcohol abuse is a devastating killer that claimed more than 22,000 American lives in 2008. However, these parties and gatherings can be a point of hope and clarity for loved ones caught in the grip of addiction if we know how to look for the signs and symptoms.
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By JAMES P. GRAY | October 4, 2008
I was gratified to see that the editorial board of the Daily Pilot endorsed Proposition 5, which is the Non-Violent Offender’s Rehabilitation Act, with the headline “Prison is for drug dealers, not customers.” They are right, and I commend them for their insight and sophistication. As I have said in previous columns, it makes as much sense to me to put the gifted actor Robert Downey Jr. in jail for his cocaine addiction, and he certainly seems to have one, as it would to have put Betty Ford in jail for her addiction to alcohol.
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By JOSEPH N. BELL | October 18, 2007
The Pilot’s new columnist, Judge James Gray, recently offered up a pair of lucid, straightforward pieces on our drug problems and how to best deal with them. The second part, under the headline “How to win the war on illegal drugs,” included an invitation to readers to comment on the columns. I always find such invitations hard to turn down, whether or not I have any expertise in the subject. In this instance, I thought immediately about deferring to a good friend with international credentials, Dr. Joseph Pursch, who has never failed me in coming up with quotable opinions.
NEWS
February 20, 2008
Many have the desire to help loved ones pinned down by addiction, but the ability to help is sometimes elusive. New Directions for Women will welcome Ken Seeley, an intervention specialist for A&E’s show “Intervention,” in an effort to give those willing to help the tools and knowledge to those suffering from addiction. Intervention workshops will start 10 a.m. Saturday and will be every fourth Saturday of each month at New Directions for Women in Costa Mesa.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | December 22, 2010
COSTA MESA — Like most people, Shannon Stoveken wasn't thrilled by the prospect of having to make a trip to the post office last week to mail off a holiday package, especially because she would have to pay extra to ship it internationally to London. Then it hit her: She wasn't just filling an order for a product from her Sexy and Sober clothing and accessory line; her product was going to be someone's Christmas present all the way across "the Pond" in Europe. "It was incredible," Stoveken said of her first sale to a customer from the United Kingdom.
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By Jess Block | June 10, 2008
COSTA MESA -- Host of A&E's top-rated show "Intervention," Ken Seeley, will visit the New Directions for Women campus for a series of free intervention community workshops beginningat 10 a.m.  June 24 and continuing the fourth Saturday of each month.  The free workshops will be on the New Directions for Women campus at 2607 Willo Ave. in Costa Mesa. Ken Seeley has been professionally and personally involved in the recovery community for more than 17 years. Ken applies his own life experience and personal history of addiction and recovery and natural enthusiasm to help change the lives of those suffering with personal addiction or the addiction of a loved one. Certified by the National Assn.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 31, 2013
Costa Mesa High School graduate Kory Bennion addressed about 100 parents and students at his former campus this week during the culmination of the campus' anti-drug event. "There were people that were really close to me that were addicted to alcohol and drugs," he said about his time in high school. "And these were my parents. " Bennion was one of two closing speakers Wednesday afternoon. The previous day students watched a documentary about drug overdoses, and earlier Wednesday, parents were invited to a resource fair featuring law enforcement, treatment centers and other tools like home drug tests.
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SPORTS
April 5, 2013
After more than four years of sobriety, Chris Herren has been talking about his past of a roller-coaster life and trying to help others who have had to deal with the struggles he faced. Herren, a former NBA player, visited Newport Beach's Sober Living by the Sea addiction treatment programs Thursday to speak with clients in treatment and help raise awareness about addiction and recovery. Herren was the subject of "Unguarded," a documentary from ESPN Films. The film showed everything from Herren's rise as a high school All-American to NBA player then to his tragic fall to drug addiction and alcoholism, and later to his rebirth.
NEWS
April 3, 2013
New Directions for Women raised more than $400,000 at its fifth annual Circle of Life fundraising breakfast. The event, hosted at the Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach on March 25, garnered a turnout of about 250 attendees, including Mayor Keith Curry, business and healthcare professionals, and board members. The Costa Mesa substance-abuse treatment center will use the proceeds to fund scholarships for women or help mothers looking to free themselves from addiction. Established in 1977 with the help of Pamela Wilder and the Junior League of Orange County, New Directions provides a venue for affordable rehabilitative and detox care.
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By Michael Miller | January 3, 2013
Now that Christmas is over, I have a new seasonal tune stuck in my head. Maybe it wasn't intended as a holiday song, but it's one I often find myself humming around the end of December and start of January: "Nothing Was Delivered," an obscure Bob Dylan track from 1967 whose chorus opines, "Nothing is better, nothing is best / Take care of yourself, get plenty of rest. " It's a song that gives me strength as a recovering list addict. I have so far steered clear of whiskey, heroin, gambling and other vices, but for a long stretch of years beginning around high school and ending some time in my mid-20s, I had an insatiable inclination to list things in order of preference - movies, songs, right-handed starting pitchers and just about anything else quantifiable.
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By Lauren Williams | September 25, 2012
A state agency has permanently revoked the licenses of three Costa Mesa recovery centers operated by Newport Beach-based Morningside Recovery. Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs acting Director Michael S. Cunningham on Thursday adopted a recommendation to revoke the licenses. The decision brought an end to the months-long efforts toward revocation. The ADP began the process to revoke the licenses in 2011, citing, among other issues, improper handling of prescriptions and their providing of medical services to 70 patients, which was beyond the scope of their license to treat only five.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 18, 2012
Earlier this week, before Parker Brown's jump serve, a couple of rowdy fans in the visiting bleachers yelled at the most fit player on the court. "No. 1 is on steroids!" the fans said together. There was a time last year when Brown said he was on drugs all the time. Without needing to leave his own two feet to smash a shot, the outside hitter was high on the volleyball court. Before matches, Brown said he smoked marijuana. After matches, he said he smoked out again.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 26, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Some people call them teacher of the year, family doctor, engineer or Girl Scout leader. Nancy Clark calls them clients. For 15 years, Clark has run a shoplifting addiction treatment program on Old Newport Boulevard. Many clients attend in lieu of possible jail or prison sentences. Despite stereotypes about petty thieves snatching items out of financial desperation, many of the folks in the program are well-to-do. They see shoplifting as an addiction that gives an endorphin rush on par with drugs.
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By Ron Vanderhoff | March 11, 2011
What's wrong with me? I just dumped another horticultural ambition. Four years of hard work gone in one afternoon. Is there anyone else out there with a similar diagnosis? Four years ago I became fascinated by a rather small group of succulent plants, known as aeoniums. Several of you may know a few of the common versions. One day, while pondering aeoniums, I somehow concluded that I would set out to see how many different species I could assemble. I even briefly considered a collecting trip to the Canary Islands, where several grow.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | December 22, 2010
COSTA MESA — Like most people, Shannon Stoveken wasn't thrilled by the prospect of having to make a trip to the post office last week to mail off a holiday package, especially because she would have to pay extra to ship it internationally to London. Then it hit her: She wasn't just filling an order for a product from her Sexy and Sober clothing and accessory line; her product was going to be someone's Christmas present all the way across "the Pond" in Europe. "It was incredible," Stoveken said of her first sale to a customer from the United Kingdom.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | November 23, 2010
Growing up in Costa Mesa, Karli Kuhns was like any other kid. She played soccer and loved hanging out with her younger brother. She attended Ensign Intermediate and Newport Harbor high schools. However, as Kuhns approached adolescence, her attention veered. She talked back to teachers and her grades weren't something she bragged about. In seventh grade, when offered alcohol and marijuana, she tried both. By her freshman year of high school, Kuhn was injecting speed. "I started having seizures from it in my P.E. class," Kuhns said.
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