About Writers In Treatment

We are dedicated to increasing awareness about the prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness in society, and to reducing stigma through honest and open expression. Writers in Treatment in concert with the Reel Recovery Film Festival presents cultural events that seek to expand the recovery community and open hearts and minds to the creative spark in every individual. Rebuilding one’s life need not be a solitary effort and we aim to provide opportunities for individuals suffering from addictive disorders to continue to take steps towards recovery.  It’s important for people in and on the cusp of recovery to have entertaining and culturally stimulating events that inspire enthusiasm for clean and sober living. In addition to assisting people get clean and sober through connection and collaboration with top treatment centers in the U.S., Writers In Treatment has given away 1000’s of tickets to individuals in treatment centers and sober livings.  All are welcome and encouraged to come.


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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.

Ahbra Kaye describes herself as a sober mother of 3 children and 2 dogs. A 3rd generation Californian, Ahbra, came of age during the ’80s and expected that one day she’d meet her “Jake Ryan” no matter how many candles she had to put on her cake. She has worked producing in-person and virtual events with Writers In Treatment for over 3 years and is grateful to have a career that melds two of the things she is most passionate about — film and recovery.
Producer/Programmer: REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium
Associate Editor: Addiction/Recovery eBulletin
Dir. of Operations/Outreach: Experience, Strength and Hope Awards

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