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Whitmire: Substance Abuse Program Is Doing Fine
Women's allegations against a state-run drug program for felony offenders gets short shrift by a Senate committee
"...while incarcerated at one of several of the state's Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facilities (aka "SAFPF"), which are charged..."

Dec. 12, 2008 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

Substance Abuse and HIV at the Crossroads
"...and gay population are chemically dependent (Lesbian & Gay Substance Abuse Planning Group, 1991). Abusing substances increases the risk..."

Dec. 1, 1995 Column

Counseling Program for Drug Abuse in Limbo
County officials scrambling to find alternate site for program after East Austin neighbors protested possible lease.
"...find an alternate site for a grant-based drug and substance-abuse counseling program after neighbors protested a possible lease in..."

Jan. 4, 2008 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Not Enough Drug Abuse Treatment in Prison
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, just a fraction of the inmates that need treatment actually get it.
"...receive it, researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports this month in the Journal of the American..."

Jan. 16, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

A Medication-Assisted Therapy to Treat Opioid Abuse
Sponsors unveil new partnership at CommUnityCare clinic
"...been surprisingly controversial. The other is providing treatment for substance use disorders alongside a patient's more routine health care...."

Aug. 31, 2018 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Walk-In Walk-Out
County commissioners change course on substance abuse treatment funding
"...commissioners voted to send $125,000 to Integral Care's existing substance abuse initiatives, a seemingly positive move for a county..."

Nov. 9, 2018 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

No No: A Dockumentary
Famous for pitching a no-hitter while high on acid, Dock Ellis the man was so much more.
"...against-all-odds no-hitter is handled playfully here, alcohol and drug abuse become necessary talking points, especially as Ellis’ addictions affected..."

Sept. 5, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Home Run
A pro ballplayer with a substance-abuse problem goes back home for rehab, and finds Christian redemption by coaching a Little League team.
"...to his privileged position in major league baseball. His substance abuse problems lead him to an incident where he..."

April 26, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Reefer Roundup: 3/3/11
Your drug war news for the week
"...for needle exchange, limiting public assistance to people with substance abuse issues, and lowering criminal penalties for pot possession..."

March 3, 2011 SXSW Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Marijuana Still the No. 1 Hit
Drug warriors ignore the rise in alcohol abuse
"...drug use – that is, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the use of..."

Oct. 1, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Treatment or Jail
Often rehab is the only way out of a jail sentence – even if you don't have a drug problem
"...there by the criminal justice system, reports the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration...."

Nov. 3, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Flight
"...reshapes itself into a fairly standard story about a substance abuser and his difficulty getting permanently sober. The opening..."

Nov. 2, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Will 'Safe-P' and TDCJ Be Held Accountable?
Legislative committee will hear testimony on a controversial substance abuse treatment program
"...that recounted inmate stories of abusive treatment in a substance-abuse program operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice,..."

July 18, 2008 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

Coronavirus and the Threat to Those Recovering From Addiction
Maintaining connections – at a distance – to stay sober during the pandemic
"...For people in recovery from substance use disorders, group meetings can be a foundational aspect..."

May 15, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Rehabilitation or Torture?
Texas prison inmates say their 'therapy' has taken a dark turn
"...According to some former and current inmates, the state's Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facilities. Funded by the Texas Department..."

May 23, 2008 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

A New Jail for Travis County?
County moves forward with new women's building despite vote to delay and community outcry
"...and single parents, and have experienced physical or sexual abuse (some studies put this figure as high as 98%)...."

Sept. 7, 2018 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

Web-Washing at the HHS
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services appears once again to be removing material from its Web site that doesn't agree with conservatives
"...HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, complaining about the inclusion of substance abuse and treatment information geared toward the gay, lesbian,..."

April 14, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Council Watch
The delicate business of funding substance abuse programs for musicians.
"...that a one-time city subsidy for mental health and substance abuse treatment for musicians is an admirable thing. But..."

Nov. 12, 1999 News Column by Jenny Staff Johnson

Postmarks
Do the Right Thing
"...Every day parents bring home chemicals which, when abused, are as dangerous as alcohol, marijuana, LSD, and cocaine...."

March 27, 1998 Column

Niche Justice
Travis County specialty courts try to break the cycle of crime
"...Earle's court team – including a dedicated probation officer, substance abuse counselors from Cornerstone Counseling, an assistant county attorney..."

March 26, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

From Prisoner to Reformer
A Q&A with 'Orange Is the New Black' author Piper Kerman
"...drives women’s involvement in crime. And sometimes they overlap. Substance abuse – we know that a huge percentage of..."

May 9, 2014 News Post by Amy Smith

Baby Boomers Still Using Drugs, Pt. 2
Feds harping on drug use among older Americans
"...first brought you this bit of news from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reporting that drug..."

Feb. 10, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Recovery Issues Forum/Mental Health Issues Forum, Austin Convention Center, Saturday 17
"...Oftentimes alternate reality -- via mental health issues or substance abuse -- go hand-in-hand with creativity. As a result..."

March 16, 2001 Music Review by David Lynch

Deep Blues From Gatesville
Amy Smith thought a judge would give her two years max for possession of crack cocaine; why is she doing 20?
"...Amy's story is not unique. Indeed, her history of abuse, depression, and drug addiction is only too typical: One..."

March 16, 2001 News Feature by Amy Smith

Tomorrow, “Safer Together” Concerts Bring Awareness to Overdose Deaths
Free shows at Mohawk, Empire, and the Green Jay fundraise for SIMS
"...for Austin’s SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health and substance use recovery services to members of the music industry..."

Dec. 3, 2021 Music Post by Rachel Rascoe

After Five Decades, Austin Recovery to Close
Nonprofit succumbs to financial challenges made worse by COVID
"...The nonprofit, which helps people with substance use disorders achieve sobriety through residential inpatient and intensive..."

April 22, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

Old Soul
Bill Maddox died violently under bizarre circumstances – and left a legacy of music, love, and friendship
"...precise about the timing – Bill Maddox developed a substance abuse problem. He was drinking too much, friends recall,..."

March 18, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
Federal drug enforcers show little interest in treatment
"...looking flush for drug treatment and prevention programs. The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration is facing a..."

March 14, 2008 News Column by Jordan Smith

Flubber
"...the distracted Professor Phillip Brainard, who discovers a magical substance of green goo with hyperkinetic properties and christens the..."

Nov. 28, 1997 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Postmarks
Readers respond to Zero Tolerance, the Longhorn Pipeline, and Being John Malkovich.
"...I was appalled by repeated scenes of graphic spousal abuse, during which one of the lead characters, played by..."

Nov. 19, 1999 Column

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