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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.

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