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Martin Sheen Helps Abuse Center

October 20, 2002

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Martin Sheen took a break from playing president on the TV series ``The West Wing″ to help a substance abuse treatment center celebrate the end of its $5 million fund-raising campaign.

Money for the 12&12 facility will go toward expanding the residential treatment program to about 350 beds. More than 50 percent of the building does not pass code requirements.

June Ross, executive director, said renovations will start in January and take about a year.

Sheen said substance abuse takes its toll on individuals and the community at large.

``You can’t swing a cat and not find someone affected by drugs and alcohol, whether it’s indirectly through the pocketbook or directly through someone they love,″ he said, alluding to his son Charlie Sheen’s well-publicized struggles.

12&12, a nonprofit United Way agency, has provided treatment for thousands of Oklahomans since it was founded in 1985. It offers a residential program and has transitional and outpatient living assistance.

Sheen has a connection to the treatment center through his director in the movie ``Badlands,″ Terrence Malick, a native of Bartlesville whose brother, Chris Malick, is a 12&12 board member.

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