Leonard Buschel

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Leonard Buschel
Born Leonard Lee Buschel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Occupation executive; counselor
Known for Co-founder, Writers in Treatment
Founder, REEL Recovery Film Festival
Website writersintreatment.org

Leonard Lee Buschel is an American publisher, substance abuse counselor and co-founder of Writers in Treatment, which supports recovery and the arts, and executive director of REEL Recovery Film Festival, focusing on stories of addiction and recovery.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Buschel grew up in the Logan community of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Philadelphia Community College and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He received a substance-abuse counseling certificate from Los Angeles City College in 2005.


In 2007, Buschel, with Robert Downey, Sr., co-founded Writers in Treatment, which assists individuals in the writing profession suffering from addictions to receive recommendations to reliable treatment facilities.[2] Buschel also participates in addiction and recovery conferences.[3]

In 2009, he organized the REEL Recovery Film Festival, which takes place each year in Los Angeles,[4] Las Vegas, Denton, Texas, New York City, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,[1] with proceeds used to help send people to substance-abuse treatment.[5] Celebrities each year attend their respective screenings at the REEL film festival, including Ben Stiller in 2009,[6]

Buschel created the annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards, held in Los Angeles since 2009 and dubbed the Recovery Oscars by The Fix online publication.[7] In 2015 at the 6th annual awards event, Writers in Treatment honored actor Joe Pantoliano,[8] a recovering alcohol, food and sex addict, known for his role on the HBO series The Sopranos.[9]

Buschel publishes the weekly Addiction/Recovery eBulletin.[10]


In 2016, Buschel was given the Link Award by In Recovery Magazine for promoting recovery "using film, panel discussions, and speakers to understand and encourage compassion for people living with addictive disorders."[10]

He was named a recipient of the 2015 Acker Awards for Film Curation.[11]

Personal background[edit]

Buschel, a former freelance writer who published health and nutrition books, is a 1994 alumnus of the Betty Ford Center.[12] To help fellow writers from novelists to screenwriters and journalists obtain the help he once sought, Buschel told the Jewish Journal, he co-founded the Writers in Treatment organization.[13] He is the brother of journalist and producer, Bruce Buschel and uncle of film director and screenwriter Noah Buschel.


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