The Experience Strength and Hope Awards in its 12th year takes place in March at the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum in Los Angeles. The event gives an award to a sober celebrity who has written a memoir about their life including their journey from the pains of addiction to the hope and healing of recovery.
Honorees have included Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Oscar winner Lou Gossett, Jr., Christopher Kennedy Lawford, John Taylor of Duran Duran, famed sports announcer Pat O’Brien, Emmy winner Joey Pantoliano, actress and advocate Mackenzie Phillips, CNN host Jane Velez-Mitchell and actor Jodie Sweetin.
As a self-professed film junkie Buschel sensed a need within himself and other sober people to have a safe and supportive place to watch alcohol and drug themed films; thus began the REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium. 7-days long in Los Angeles and New York, it is the longest recovery event in the country.
In 2013 Buschel’s obsession with the news lead him to create the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin, a weekly online news bulletin dedicated to delivering the most up-to-date stories and information to the treatment industry and recovery community.
Buschel is a former drug dealer who has of 25 + years clean and sober time from drugs and alcohol. Buschel is a 1994 alumnus of the Betty Ford Center.
His memoir, “Betty Ford Died Sober, I Should Be So Lucky,” is due out next year.
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