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LOCAL
By Jess BlockCitizen correspondent | March 9, 2009
COSTA MESA –Addiction rates have been rising as the economy falls as observed by New Directions for Women, a nonprofit women’s treatment center in Costa Mesa. Families are unable to spend or secure credit to treat their addicted loved ones even as addiction rates rise. New Directions has responded to the economic slump by introducing two new programs; Intensive Sober Living and Evening Intensive Outpatient (IOP). Federally recognized, these programs can alleviate hurdles associated with obtaining treatment by offering an affordable program to treat addiction at roughly 20% the cost of traditional inpatient treatment.
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NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | November 21, 2008
The Newport Beach Planning Commission has voted to limit the number of recovering addicts the city’s largest rehabilitation home can house in Newport Beach. The commission voted 6-1 late Thursday to pass the agreement. Planning Commissioner Barry Eaton cast the dissenting vote on the commission’s recommendation for an agreement between the city and the rehabilitation home operator Sober Living by the Sea that would limit the number of beds the company can have in Newport Beach to 204 citywide, down from 238 in mid-2007.
NEWS
By Wendy S. Lindley | October 9, 2008
Addiction is a medical problem (It’s a Gray Area: “Addiction is a medical problem,” Oct. 4). However, it is also a community problem that has a detrimental impact on our society. The majority of addicted individuals who appear on a daily basis in my court are parents. Unfortunately, too often their children are neglected, abused, homeless and do not attend school regularly, as a result of their parents’ addiction. Most of the crime committed in our community is substance-abuse driven.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Jack Salisbury | August 1, 2008
There are many ways to tame an addiction to drugs. For Joshua Wright, his salvation came six months ago with the birth of his daughter, Amiree. “She’s the sole reason why I’m doing everything,” the 21-year-old Costa Mesa man said as he celebrated earning his high school degree Friday. “I want to lead by example.” After spending a number of his teenage years in foster care, Wright struggled with drugs. But he has been clean for six months.
LOCAL
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.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | May 17, 2008
A U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction Friday to temporarily stop Newport Beach from clamping down on licensed drug and alcohol recovery homes that house six or fewer recovering addicts, but also ruled he would allow the bulk of a city ordinance aimed at curbing the spread of recovery homes to stand. “We’re absolutely pleased,” said attorney Jim Markman, who represents the city on the rehabilitation home issue. “We understood where the difficult areas were, and we are very happy with the court’s reaction to the ordinance as a whole.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | May 13, 2008
A U.S. District Court judge said Monday he will probably move to temporarily stop Newport Beach from clamping down on licensed drug and alcohol recovery homes that house six or fewer recovering addicts. In a 20-page tentative ruling, U.S. District Court Judge James Selna decreed the city cannot force drug and alcohol recovery homes that are already licensed by the state to apply for permits if they house six or fewer people. The city can regulate larger homes and unlicensed homes where six or fewer recovering addicts live, but regulating smaller, licensed homes flies in the face of state law, the judge tentatively ruled.
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.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | December 31, 2007
Local lawmakers wrapped up 2007 with legislation including the reform of prison drug and alcohol rehabilitation, improved access to dental care and the elimination of loopholes in family estate planning law. Assemblyman Chuck DeVore said one of his greatest achievements was co-writing legislation that will expand prison drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. DeVore, one of the Assembly’s most conservative legislators, partnered with one of the most liberal, Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton)
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