In five and a half years, the Addiction/Recovery e-Bulletin has become Leonard Lee Buschel’s most successful venture, and that’s a significant accomplishment when viewing Buschel’s track record of non-stop success in the past decade.
A California Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with years of experience with people struggling with addiction, Buschel co-founded the prestigious Writers in Treatment with Robert Downey, Sr., modeled after Music Cares. He also established the annual Experience Strength and Hope Awards® and the now international Reel Recovery Film Festivals®.
The secret of Buschel’s Addiction/Recovery e-Bulletin success is no secret. It is cutting edge in every way. There is no grinding ax, no hard sell of one support group over another, but a vast diversity of information making it the perfect balance of the latest research, pop culture and immediate relevancy.
Perhaps one of its great strengths is that you don’t have to be in the addiction/recovery industry to enjoy it, nor do you have to be suffering from addiction or striving for recovery to eagerly await its weekly arrival. And you don’t have to have problems with drugs or alcohol to find the A/R e-Bulletin vastly entertaining and informative. It is, above all, fun to read even when there are stories of heartbreak or scandal. The balance of content is perfect because there is something to challenge your preconceptions in every issue, something to re-affirm your views, and something so off the wall you just go, “WTF?”
Buschel’s ability to find and link to stories you won’t find elesewhere derives from its editor/publsher having an open and unbiased mind crediting readers with the ability to learn and grow by encountering a diversity of approaches and viewpoints.
You are likely to find a story about the dangers of rave drugs next to a feature on the value of psychedelics such as MDMA in the successful treatment of PTSD, or a feature lamenting the over-prescription of opiods juxtaposed with one explaining America’s past under-prescribing of opiods and the resultant suffering of chronic pain sufferers.
As much as I admire Buschel and his accomplishments, he deserves far wider praise and publicity. Hopefully some wise and perhaps even sober journalist for a major publication will take the hint and elevate the well deserved admiration of the A/R e-Bulletin to the next level.
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Leonard Buschel is a Philadelphia native, and a very happy Los Angeles transplant. He is a California Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with years of experience working with people struggling with addiction. He attended Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Mr. Buschel is the founder of Writers In Treatment whose primary purpose is to promote ‘treatment’ as the best first step solution for addiction, alcoholism and other self-destructive behaviors. Leonard is the director of the nine year old REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium®, and for five years has been the editor/publisher of the weekly Addiction/Recovery eBulletin®. He also produces the annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards® in Los Angeles.
Recipients of the Experience, Strength and Hope Awards have incuded Academy Award winning actor Lou Gossett, Jr., Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, Duran Duran founding band member, John Taylor, Emmy award winning actor, Joey Pantoliano, recovery advocate and actress, Mackenzie Phillips and others. Celebrity guests appearing on stage have included: Actors Robert Downey, Jr.; Ed Begley, Jr.; Tony Denison; Joanna Cassidy; Jack McGee; Ione Skye; Danny Trejo; Joe Walsh; and broadcast legend Pat O’Brien, plus comedians Bobcat Goldthwait and Alonzo Bodden. He just celebrated 23 years clean and sober.
Editor/Publisher, Addiction/Recovery eBulletin
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