UT Health SA program offers free rides to appointments for patients with substance use disorder
There are a lot of things that make recovery difficult for people with substance use disorders. One of those barriers is transportation to important appointments. That's why a UT Health San Antonio program is now offering its patients free Lyft rides.
He’ll run 50 miles a day for three weeks to raise awareness for an addiction recovery program
Kenneth Anderlitch struggled almost his whole life with alcoholism and addiction, finding it difficult to break the cycle landing him without shelter, or in prison. Then he found the program Pay it Forward. It saved his life, and he's raising awareness in a way bound to get the program national attention.
San Antonio community organizations help state researchers track non-fatal overdoses
Bexar County community groups help state addiction researchers get a better sense of what the overdose data shows in vulnerable communities that don't have access to health care. Members are being trained on a new database that's set to launch statewide in the fall.
What’s Up South Texas!: Man uses gift of woodworking to reshape sound of music
“I was also playing my guitar more and more.”He said during that time, he realized the sound of a plastic guitar pick bothered him. “Anytime I wanted a different sound or a different timber, I used a different wood,” Oliver said. “You know every wood has a different sound,” Oliver said. “You can really create a whole different sound for yourself. “I am lucky to have come through that because many people don’t,” Oliver said.
Recovery specialist reflects on his own battle with addiction
For the past five years he has been a peer support specialist at Rise Recovery, helping teens and young adults with their battles with addiction. When he talks about his own journey getting sober, Williams credits mentors at Rise who had once been in his shoes. The services Rise Recovery offers are more essential now than ever. Rise Recovery, like other recovery centers across the city, has had to shift some operations online. “Was to learn to be OK with myself.”If you need to seek help for substance abuse, call this 24-hour recovery helpline: 210-927-4644.
What’s Up South Texas!: Cafe serves as recovery center for those battling drug, alcohol addiction
She has since opened a local café called Comfort Café which helps keep the residential recovery center operating. “It is a recovery center helping families recover from their addictions,” Lopez said. “So we started in Smithsville where we have a women’s program, a men’s program, and a family program on the campus. “I help everyone at the café serving and connecting with people and letting them know we are more than just a café,” Payne said. That came with legal issues, homelessness, not knowing where my next meal is coming from.”After entering the program, Payne learned he was not alone.
What’s Up South Texas!: Bartender shares history of alcohol abuse to inspire others
Crystal Sanders with TouchTunes Bartender of the Year award (Courtesy Crystal Sanders) (KSAT)Crystal Sanders, 40, is not only a bartender at Brewer's Grill, but she is a direct care specialist at ALPHA Home. Crystal Sanders as a child (Courtesy Crystal Sanders) (KSAT)"Things like that change you," Sanders said. AdSanders stopped drinking alcohol but it was a scary experience starting off. Crystal Sanders with her children (Courtesy Crystal Sanders) (KSAT)Crystal Sanders with her son (Courtesy Crystal Sanders) (KSAT)"For the longest time, my oldest sons didn't speak to me but they allowed me to stalk them on social media," Sanders said. “You either struggle to stay clean or fight to stay high every day,” Sanders said.