Addiction and Recovery

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    I Think I Want a Divorce. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! SHOULD I CALL CPS ON MY MOM? Dear Willie D: So we're at the mall and I told my mom that I di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    I'm Bored With My Boyfriend. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I'M READY FOR THE NEXT STEP BUT SHE ISN'T Dear Willie D: My girlfriend and I have been toget ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Michael Brown Blames Alleged Flight Attendant Choking on "Involuntary Intoxication"

    Lawyers for ex-hand surgeon Michael "Suitcase Full of Dildos" Brown claim that the former creepiest commercial pitchman "suffered involuntary intoxication" and does not recall assaulting flight attendants in January. In papers filed in a Miami federal court last week, Brown's lawyers say clinical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Sunday Fun-day: Five Great Reasons to Allow Liquor Stores to Sell Booze on the Sabbath

    Local Texas state rep Senfronia Thompson has introduced a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sunday, something they have not been able to do in my lifetime thanks to "blue" laws that prevent certain businesses from operating on Sunday. In fact, I remember when virtually all stores were f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Does Toby Keith Need an Intervention? His Top 5 Drinking Songs

    Rocks Off was excited to hear that Toby Keith is scheduled to make an appearance at next year's RodeoHouston. We just hope he makes it here. Rewind: Saturday Night: Toby Keith at The Woodlands You see, we're starting to worry a little about Toby Keith's health. Not about the health of his career ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Jeff Bagwell's Nightmare With Hand Doctor Michael Brown Gets Worse

    Houston Astro legend Jeff Bagwell continues to pay the price for getting involved with the weird, sleazy, black hole that is the court odyssey of TV-ad star hand doctor Michael Brown. Brown has had a series of cases in criminal and divorce court, and vague allegations that Bagwell -- who's been goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    An Awesome Houston Oiler Public Service Announcement

    Granted, there's plenty to be entertained by in this collection of early-`70s TV ads. If you don't love the huge land-yacht 1973 Lincoln-Mercurys, which look big enough to land helicopters on, you're bound to like the "small" version which retains all the luxury in a more efficient body (that nevert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Derek Boogaard Died by Accidental Overdose of Alcohol and Oxycodone

    Derek Boogaard: accidental OD​Derek Boogaard, the former Houston Aero fan favorite who was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment May 13, died from having too much alcohol and oxycodone in his system, according the medical examiner's report released today. The Minnesota Star Tribune reports ... More >>

  • News

    November 18, 2010

    Shock the Junkie

    Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Top Five Teen-Idol Rehab Alumni

    ​Checking into rehab is no laughing matter. That said, we at Rocks Off often find inspiration in even the darkest of corners. So when it was announced, much to our surprise, that Dallas-born teen pop starlet Demi Lovato had checked into rehab an inpatient treatment center, we pondered celebri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Music's Top 10 Biggest Post-Drug Comebacks

    ​The list of drug casualties in rock and roll is a long and sad one. All the suicides, car crashes and the stray gang-related murder are outweighed by the amount of people who just can't stop putting junk into their system, or at least moderate it to a point where they aren't lying cold on a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Cowboy Junkies' Poetic Restraint at House Of Blues

    Flickr photo by adambowie​Everybody knows that good news always sleeps til noon. -- "Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning" There was a palpable tingle of anticipation in the joint as we waited for the curtain to go up on the Cowboy Junkies' first gig in Houston in a coon's age Tuesday at House ... More >>

  • Music

    June 10, 2010

    To Live Is to Fly

    Canada's Cowboy Junkies ­enter their 25th year louder and ­angrier than ever.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Detox Craze: Stupid or Sane?

    ​We can't turn on the TV or the radio without hearing about the latest detox craze. Just the other day, we heard Rod Ryan talk about how great the Blessed Herbs one-week cleanse was on his radio show. Trust us, we really don't need to hear about his cleanse in detail that early in the morning. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    The 30 Craziest People In Houston: An Official HPD List

    Photo by Chris Curry Travis Bonser is one of Houston's 30 craziest people. Travis Bonser learned how to shoot heroin from his mother. It happened when he was 14, after his mom became too fat to tie her own arm or leave the house to pick up the dope from her dealer. It wasn't long before Bonser was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Six More Mysterious Musical Deaths We'd Like to See Reopened

    That's Brian Jones, who is still dead, in the lower right corner.‚ÄčOriginal Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool 40 years ago. It was declared "death by misadventure," a cause of death that probably didn't come as a shock to those who had been aware ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008
  • Culture

    January 31, 2008


    Mexican Dogs and Drunk Driving

  • Culture

    January 17, 2008
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    June 18, 2007
  • Resolutions

    January 19, 2006
  • News

    September 1, 2005


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  • Calendar

    July 28, 2005

    Innocent Lost

    Melanie Wilson takes us through the Foggy world of drug addiction

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    Back in the Saddle

    The Cowboy Junkies ride again

  • News

    December 25, 2003
  • News

    October 9, 2003
  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Prison Break?

    Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization

  • News

    April 3, 2003

    Getting Off

    Houston-based Sex Addicts Anonymous knows the lesson well: For those caught in the Bubble, lust has no limits

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003

    Living Large

    A trendy clothing line for plus-size girls

  • News

    February 27, 2003

    Deal of a Lifetime

    Drug addicts can get hard cash to be sterilized or go on birth control. Is it ridding the world of unwanted babies -- or just ducking the underlying problems of abusers?

  • News

    January 9, 2003

    Back in the Saddle

    A former mayoral staffer resurfaces at the county

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    Con's Con

    A contained experiment in Medicaid finally gets uncovered

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Sick Kids

    For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.

  • News

    April 12, 2001

    Nature of the Beast

    Plastic surgeon Billy Ringer has been sued ten times for malpractice. He's on probation for sexual misconduct. He sewed a needle into Colleen Guidy. But he's still in business -- cutting, vacuuming, rearranging and, it seems, injuring patients.

  • News

    August 17, 2000

    Mission: Impossible?

    SEARCH's mobile outreach team tries to help Houston's homeless off the streets

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Skid Row Scholars

    Recovering alcoholics find financial aid in a unique Texas Tech program

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Methadone Meltdown

    Dr. Amos and Cecilia Ozumba ran Houston Maintenance Clinic for four years. Have they finally run it into the ground?

  • News

    March 23, 2000

    Saving Baby Angela

    An infant with two fractured ribs and bleeding on the brain. A teenage single mom with no high school diploma. Grandparents with a business to keep afloat. Can CPS find a stable home for Angela Delacourt?

  • Music

    March 4, 1999
  • News

    September 3, 1998

    Heal Thyself

    Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects

  • News

    July 30, 1998

    Legal Moves

    Attorney John O'Quinn has checked into a substance-abuse center as he prepares for his disbarment suit

  • News

    December 4, 1997

    The Johnson Treatment

    Council candidate presides over a rather unique substance abuse program

  • News

    July 17, 1997

    Holistic Touch

    Some ex-patients credit the mind-body therapy of New Age healer JoAnne Mandel with saving their lives. Others say her compassion stopped at the bottom line.

  • Music

    June 13, 1996

    Not the Same Old Junkies

    A new label and energy return Canada's moaners to the spotlight

  • Music

    January 25, 1996

    Old-Fashioned Lust Songs

    After two decades, AC/DC still stands for down and dirty fun

  • Film

    June 29, 1995

    Female Trouble

    Two offbeat films chronicle three offbeat young women's struggles

  • News

    June 2, 1994
  • Film

    May 12, 1994

    Drunk, But Not Disorderly

    Meg Ryan battles the curse of cuteness

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