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SMITH: Turning point for beloved drug-treatment program

Turning Point on Acacia Lane.

It's a good chance those words mean nothing at all to you, or instantly triggered a cascade of grateful tears.

Turning Point is the name of a treatment program that dwelt in a house on a country lane in Rincon Valley. For more than 30 years it served as a temporary home for a great many people who'd hit bottom from drug abuse.

There's a decent chance that a happy, productive person or two in your life found the resolve and support to finally wrest themselves free at the home, owned and operated by the Drug Abuse Alternatives Center.

It's emotional for former sojourners to learn that DAAC has closed down the Turning Point house. The services offered there have been consolidated with those at the agency's treatment residence across town on Arrowwood Drive.

DAAC's managing director, Marlus Stewart, said it's not clear what will become of the now-darkened house. But there may some sort of final public gathering there.

"It would be nice," she said, "to have people come back and just say good-bye."

WHOM DO YOU CALL when the cat is up a redwood tree, way the heck up, and the kids are freaking out as it wastes away after four days up there?

Jennifer Ziegler of Sebastopol phoned fire departments and tree services to no avail. Then she connected with Craig Chandler.


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