Utah teen’s viral letter about her dad’s alcoholism

Good News Notes: “Preslee Scott spent more than one afternoon in her early teen years picking up her dad’s empty beer cans and dumping them in the outside trash can after he’d fallen asleep on the couch. So in December, when the Utah teen was asked by her 10th-grade English teacher to write an essay…

Addiction recovery programs find new ways to offer support in pandemic

Good News Notes: “At 49, Stephen Deason, of Sandy Springs, Georgia, is now 5-and-a-half years sober. “Recovery has kind of given me an amazing life, and I’m really happy for that,” the non-profit founder says. “Five years in is where they often tell you things start to clear up, and that’s definitely true.” Still, Deason says, the…

Stillwater man adopts Minneapolis homeless camps

Good News Notes: “For a man who claims to be terrible with names, Bryan Ring seemed to have no trouble last week at the homeless encampment near Sheridan Memorial Park in Minneapolis. ‘Hey, Robert,’ he said to a man headed to the camp’s portable toilet while wearing just one boot. ‘How are you doing? Get…

Reno actor overcomes addiction, succeeds in Hollywood

Good News Notes;  “Chris Browning has come a long way since his days in Reno. And so has the city itself. ‘You know, Plumb lane had cows on it,’ said Browning. He lived in Reno until he was 8, moving away with his mother. But he spent his summers here with his dad, and later…

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.’…