Ryan Buell on the Road to Recovery

A few weeks ago, I reported my own experience in watching the rise and fall of paranormal wunderkind, Ryan Buell.  It was an article that sparked a LOT of debate and a push to learn more about what was going on in Ryan’s life.  Buell had first come to the public’s attention a decade ago in a show called “Paranormal State” in which he and a group of student investigators from Penn State would travel the country helping families who were experience paranormal phenomena in their home.  It was among the first shows of its kind and had an endearing quality to many.

Over the last couple of years, there were rumors of drug use, theft, etc. and Buell was arrested after charges were brought against him for booking an event, taking the registration/ticket money, cancelling the event, and never refunding the money.  At the time of its publishing, Buell had been arrested, again, this time on domestic violence charges after an altercation with his boyfriend.  At the time of his arrest, police said they believed Buell to be under the influence of various substances.

All was quiet for a couple of weeks, and then on May 27th, someone posted to his Facebook account that Ryan had been in rehab and that the family was requesting that the public respect his privacy as he continued to work through the program.  On June 9th, Ryan himself posted that he was seeing his family for the first time in several months.  It seemed that, perhaps, Buell was finally getting some help.

And then, on June 10th, I received a notification that Ryan Buell was live streaming on Facebook.  I quickly clicked on the link and sat with a growing smile on my face as Ryan began to talk about the rehab facility that he was in and that he was facing his addiction and working the 12 steps of recovery.  It was really enough just to see his face to realize a change was happening.

He no longer looked emaciated…his eyes had some life in them.  His energy was high, and he was really able to engage with the audience watching.

Left: Ryan before entering rehab; Right: Ryan from his rehab facility.

Really, this was the guy who his fans remembered.  There was obvious joy in his voice and a seriousness when he spoke about what he was working through.  He honestly seems to be putting the work in and is reaping the results from that.  There seemed to be genuine remorse in his voice as he spoke of the hurt that he had caused his family, friends and fans.

Now I can hear some of you out there saying, “So, where’s my money?”

Once again, he addressed that as part of his recovery.  Working the steps requires an addict to make amends unless it would cause harm to themselves or others to do so.  He gave the example that if you stole from Walmart while you were high, there may be no clear way to pay that back, but you could spend some time working for the charity of their choice.

Through it all, Buell remained as open as he could, and you could see there was still struggle in dealing with everything that was going on in his life.  He didn’t address every question, but he addressed more than he had in over a year.  He spoke of nightmares and desires and the toll that addiction had taken on his relationships.

As the live stream came to an end, he read aloud a comment from a fan saying, “I almost thought we had lost you.”  Buell stared into the distance for a moment and then replied, “Almost did, I think…I almost did too.”

You can watch the entire Facebook live stream below.  I myself offer my sincerest good wishes of strength and determination to Ryan as he continues his recovery road.

 

6 Comments

  1. Desiree

    June 17, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Wasn’t his first arrest for not returning a rental car?

    • Pa nana

      June 23, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Correct, failure to return the rental. Fled to South Carolina. Next arrest was in April for battery which had 25,000 bail. Then off to rehab. He does look much better than the pre-rehab live FB stream Wish him a clear mind and body, nothing but the best.

  2. Fran Purser

    June 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Good job. Stay the course. This was a significant step and I am relieved to see you honestly working on all of the thousands of things that brought you to now. And what you may not see yet, ‘now’ is pretty damn good. God bless. I believe your most important work in life is yet to be. And your pain will diminish as you continue your recovery journey.
    Gosh it was so great to see you looking so much better. Engaging, humorous, sprinkled with humility. I’m just a fan hoping and praying for your continued recovery. Thank you for sharing. Fran in Atlanta.

  3. Melissa

    June 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    So glad he’s getting the help he needs! I’ve always been a fan of him and the rest of the cast. Paranormal Investigating has always been one of my favorite shows and have always wanted them to come to my house as myself and my boyfriend and even 2 out of 3 of my kids have had in counters with the paranormal. There was a small boy who had passed in my very room and you can hear and even feel him lots of times. I think him being here has allowed others to come as well not all them being as friendly as the little boy and can be down right scary honestly but I’m so glad he is doing better and getting help! You’ve got my support 100% Ryan!! #Ilovetheshow

  4. Glosa

    July 25, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Not every one is going to like what Ryan is doing now. Many will find him still untrustworthy. The thing to remember is that addiction is an illness. You wouldn’t hate or bash or throw complete mistrust to some one with the flu. Be kind, not soft, but kind to him. He needs support to succeed! I wish him all the best. My hope is he continues to journal his recovery this way. It would be great to see success unfold.

  5. Eva

    July 26, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Stay strong, and trust God. He will guide you on your recovery. I hope you didn’t pick up some negative entity. That was probably the reason of your fall. Will be praying for your recovery and God Bless.

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