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Innovative program in Clackamas Co. jail helps women kick addiction

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An innovative program in Clackamas County is helping change lives for women who are addicted to drugs.

The Clackamas County Corrections Substance Abuse Program, or CSAP, began in 2009.

The sheriff's office just released a video telling the story of one of the program's graduates, Lindsay Hood.

Hood is a former Portland Trail Blazers dancer. After some health problems, she was prescribed pain pills but quickly became addicted.

That addiction soon spread to heroin and methamphetamines, eventually leading to Hood ending up behind bars in Clackamas County.

Hood said she did not want to participate in the substance abuse program at first, but two years later, she is clean and sober and living a life without crime.

"CSAP has given me the tools to be able to express what I'm doing,” she said. “The program that I'm working, my recovery which I've learned is completely different than just stopping the use of drugs."

Clients learn cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness and healthy coping skills in the program.

According to the sheriff’s office, 96 women have graduated from the program since it began.

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