McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Local News

October 11, 2011

Catton completes documentary, "Curing Addiction"

McALESTER — Writer, Director and Producer Lucas Catton, of McAlester, recently finished his documentary film “Curing Addiction.”

The film addresses the subject of alternative rehabilitation for those with substance abuse problems.

It also explores the idea that alternative rehabilitation may work for those whom traditional rehabilitation has not.

Catton said that he knows that Southeatern Oklahoma has seen it’s share of drug problems, as the rest of the country has.

Catton hopes this documentary helps people here, but everywhere.

According to Catton, he successfully completed a long-term residential rehabilitation program in 1999. He began working and training in drug education and rehabilitation.

Catton said he started out in the field by giving drug prevention presentations to large schools with students in the thousands in Boston, Mass. Soon, Catton started teaching throughout New England. It was there he found his ability to connect with and to entertain audiences.

In 2000, Catton worked in Oklahoma for Narconon, one of the nations largest drug education and rehabilitation centers.

Catton started out as the center’s director of Drug Education and within two years was promoted into an executive position.

Catton was elected to the executive board of the Oklahoma Substance Abuse Alliance in 2003, where he worked directly on public policy and advocacy issues with local, state and U.S. leaders.

Catton worked with Narconon until February of 2006.

Catton has appeared on many television broadcasts and radio programs.

Catton’s articles about drug prevention and treatment have been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines and web pages.

Catton has two books to add to his list of accomplishments.

Currently, Catton is the CEO of Addiction Recovery Consultants and works as a full-time recovery advocate and consultant for individuals, families and treatment centers.

Catton is no longer directly affiliated with any one treatment program. He is looking to unify and create bonds between rehabilitation philosophies.

According to Catton, he believes what may work for one person may not work for another and vice versa; therefore, believing that if treatment programs work together they will be able to come up with the best treatment solution for individuals seeking rehabilitation. "Completing this film was no small feat, and I am grateful for all who participated and helped.  I hope that people will view its message objectively without any preconceived ideas, and of course that it will lead to improving the lives of many,” Catton said.

Contact MJ Brickey at


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.