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World “No Tobacco” Day – #Tobacco Exposed

World “No Tobacco” Day – #Tobacco Exposed

This year on May 31, World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is, calling for a 24-hour abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption. Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) is asking the community to join the effort to go tobacco free by sharing the smoke-free message with friends, family, classmates, co-workers and community members. Smoke-free housing policies […]

The Least the Lost and the Hopeless: Who is Accountable for America’s Homeless? Who is Doing Enough?

The Least the Lost and the Hopeless: Who is Accountable for America’s Homeless? Who is Doing Enough?

    by Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author/Advocate According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, as of 2018, there were around 553,000 homeless people in the United States on a given night or 0.17% of America’s population. They come from all walks of life and from many different circumstances as to why they became homeless. You […]

It’s a Choice to Stay Homeless

It’s a Choice to Stay Homeless

    By Amanda Carter Chronic homelessness is a choice. I am living proof that anyone experiencing homelessness can get out and stay out, if they want. I am a mother of 3. I am a survivor of human trafficking. I am an addict working a program of recovery. Yes, I have been and have […]

An Addiction That Requires No Substances – This Is My Story

An Addiction That Requires No Substances – This Is My Story

By Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author and Advocate My name is Catherine, and I’m a recovering gambling addict.  “How does did a good girl go bad? By crossing a fine line from a “once in awhile gambler into a full-blown addiction.”  As I began gambling with money, I then started with the money I didn’t have, to […]

Veteran Frank Britton Is Using His Experience Overcoming Addiction Through Easterseals To Help Other Veterans

Veteran Frank Britton Is Using His Experience Overcoming Addiction Through Easterseals To Help Other Veterans

AUDREY CONKLIN REPORTER . U.S. Marine Corps veteran Frank Britton struggled to overcome a drug addiction for several decades; now, he’s using personal experience to help others, including veterans and former offenders. Britton received support from the nonprofit organization Easterseals, which provides services to people with disabilities and helps veterans transition back into their communities. Britton […]

Tom Dunn: Interview of a Formerly Homeless Recovering Addict

Tom Dunn: Interview of a Formerly Homeless Recovering Addict

By Tom Dunn: Editor’s note: Tom Dunn of Port Hueneme News did these two video interviews of formerly homeless, now recovering addict, Lang Martinez. Lang has now become an advocate for the homeless. In Part I, Tom persuades Lang to tell us about the life of the addicted homeless, whom Lang estimates are 80% of […]

CJ Columnist’s Story in Addiction Recovery Magazine

CJ Columnist’s Story in Addiction Recovery Magazine

By George Miller Citizens Journal columnist Lang Martinez mentioned us in his “Nobody Knows But Me” article appearing in this month’s 5th anniversary special edition of “Keys to Recovery” magazine, which is printed and distributed in California and 30 additional states. It is chock full of stories about addiction, treatment, testimonials and ads for treatment […]

Nobody Knows But Me: My story about being homeless on the streets of Oxnard- Part 2

Nobody Knows But Me: My story about being homeless on the streets of Oxnard- Part 2

By Lang Martinez, with Bonnie Rouda . I’m writing this article in hopes that it will shed some light on the difficulties and obstacles with trying to get help for sobriety in Ventura County. What I hope to accomplish is raising awareness of these difficulties and obstacles, as well as the need for more resources. […]

Reno’s Approach to Homelessness Isn’t Helping

Reno’s Approach to Homelessness Isn’t Helping

. .. , By Paul White . Reno City Hall’s newest homeless plan is a guaranteed failure before it begins. For years, comparable plans have failed in every city that’s tried them. Every city … including San Francisco and Los Angeles. Does Reno want their results?  Reno’s homeless problem is getting worse for one reason: […]