Painter Uses His Art to Tell His Story of Addiction and Homelessness

Good News Notes: “For Lucas Joel Macauley, art has been a refuge. His life took a turn after seeing a successful career as a tattoo artist and shop owner come crashing down due to addiction. Macauley found himself living on the streets for several years after losing his most important relationships and all of his possessions….

Alanis Morissette opens up about addiction and therapy in new interview

Good News Notes:  “Alanis Morissette has opened up about addiction and therapy in a new interview. Speaking to The Guardian, the Canadian rock star described herself as “such an addict” and said that without therapy, she’s not sure how she would have coped. Speaking about her addictions, Morissette said her main ones were ‘work addiction, love addiction and food addiction.’…

Can mindfulness beat addiction? Research being done for more holistic practices

Good News Notes: “Researchers analyzed 6,400 people taking opioids for a variety of reasons, including chronic pain. They found moderate to large improvements for people who added meditation, hypnosis, and cognitive behavioral therapy to their daily routines.” Read the whole story here: http://weartv.com/news/local/can-mindfulness-beat-addiction-research-being-done-for-more-holistic-practices

New addiction recovery center opens in Hillsboro

Good News Notes: “A new addiction recovery center is now open in Hillsboro. The O’Rourke Center is a community drop-in center that will offer a safe space for young adults. Its aim is to give them a place to socialize, hang out and receive guidance from peer mentors. The center is funded by a grant…

Former Condé Nast editor Dan Peres opens up about Vicodin addiction

Good News Notes: “In 2001, Dan Peres — then the celebrated editor-in-chief of the men’s magazine Details — was at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards at Lincoln Center. He slipped away to the men’s room to privately wash down a Vicodin only to be caught hunched over a sink by Tom…

Man inspires others through his own recovery

Good News Notes: “One man has turned his substance abuse into a passion for helping others. Roderic Townes started using drugs and alcohol when he was just 12 years old. Looking back, Townes realized it stemmed from being raised by his grandparents because his mother couldn’t afford two kids. Townes said he continued to make…

Two Vancouver recovery centers want sobriety to have its fun moments

Good News Notes: “About a dozen people are gathered inside Recovery Cafe Clark County in Vancouver, eating sandwiches and chips and playing darts. There’s a small putting green rolled out on the floor. Conversation flows, and then William O’Connor, 51, steps to the microphone. He looks to his friend Charles Hanset, who’s playing darts. ‘Hey…

Community donates Christmas gifts to Bay City women in recovery

Good News Notes: “Recovery Pathways LLC saved Katie Mrozinski’s life.” “Mrozinski, 35, is in recovery. In September, she went to rehab to battle her drug addiction, a disease that has led to her losing her kids to foster care.” “In September, things started to improve. She went to rehab and started services with Recovery Pathways…