“From smuggling drugs to celebrating cinema, Leonard Lee Buschel’s HIGH is vastly entertaining, incredibly honest, authentic, and proof of the power of recovery to enhance every aspect of life, both the sublime and the absurd! by Burl Barer, award winning True Crime author.

If National Lampoon published a hysterically funny and mildly offensive parody of recovery memoirs, it couldn’t be as funny and mildly offensive as this autobiography of Leonard Lee Buschel, co-founder of Writers in Treatment, producers of the internationally acclaimed Reel Recovery Film Festivals, the Experience Strength and Hope Awards, and publishers of the Addiction/Recovery e-Bulletin.


Despite being born with two life threatening conditions, three if you count being Jewish, teenage Leonard chose a potentially problematic career: drug dealer. For twenty three years, life was a Sativa saturated, star-studded, live action adventure featuring highbrow humor, send-up satire and Indica infused X-rated escapades free from any legal indictments. The only thing arrested was Leonard’s maturation from adolescence. 23 YEARS LATER When Leonard checked into Betty Ford’s famed treatment center, he wasn’t seriously seeking recovery; He was hiding out to avoid a drug bust. 36 hours later, Leonard experienced an unexpected epiphany, drinking and drugging were relegated to the dust bin of his personal history, the real fun began, and the great adventure commenced.


The world, with all its beauty and banality, cruelty, and comfort, continues sunrise to sunset, one day at a time. Today, Leonard Lee Buschel is more Leonard Lee Buschel than ever before: mildly eccentric, slightly neurotic, occasionally erotic, and always charmingly, contagiously enthusiastic. HIGH is far more than a vastly entertaining recovery memoir. It is an open emotional summons, a sincere invitation to a life lived awake and alert, a life vibrating at a higher frequency of increased creativity and joy, and if you so desire, social inclusion, fun, fellowship, and plenty of free coffee.

Leonard Buschel is a Philadelphia native, and a very happy Studio City resident. 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 twelve year old REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium®, and for seven 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.

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