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…

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Reveals He’s Cancer-Free After March Surgery

Good News Notes: “Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. revealed Thursday that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February but has made a full recovery following surgery. Ripken told reporters on a Zoom call that he was diagnosed after a routine checkup and underwent surgery in March. ‘The surgery couldn’t have gone better,’ Ripken…

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.’…

Best Life: Doctors use tissue from thigh to replace woman’s tongue

Good News Notes: “This year, more than 53,000 adults in the U.S. will be diagnosed with an oral cancer. Removing these types of cancers can affect how patients breathe, swallow, and talk. But, with a lot of practice, anything is possible. For Cynthia Zamora, simply being able to talk is nothing short of miraculous. Three…