A serious addiction
It’s an unfortunate truth that drug addiction is a common part of Teen Mom. Because the show captures the reality of what happens to girls after their teenage pregnancies, it hasn’t shied away from showing some of the uglier aspects of the star’s lives. From following alongside Jenelle Evans’ struggle with heroin addiction to Catelynn Lowell admitting her dependency on marijuana, many of the mothers have experienced substance abuse firsthand. Meanwhile, some of the other Moms had to be there to help those closest to them through addictions.
Maci Bookout has been co-parenting with Ryan Edwards ever since they split up following their son’s birth. Not long after, Ryan began using drugs and developed a heavy reliance on various substances. After long term denial, Ryan sought treatment in a rehab center, with Maci is continually pushing him to recover for their son. His issues were always just on the periphery of the Teen Mom cameras’ prying eyes.
Until now, that is. It wasn’t previously clear just how serious Ryan’s problem was. His drug use was mentioned now and then during the show, but it was never revealed just how serious his addiction was.
Many were shocked to find out the extent of Ryan’s addiction at his low point… and just how expensive it was.
Huge Price Tag
The Teen Mom fanbase has seen some particularly dark moments from both the core cast and those close to them. That doesn’t mean we’ve seen it all. Fans were particularly shocked at a moment in a recent season of Teen Mom OG that depicted Ryan Edwards driving his now-wife Mackenzie Standifer while under the influence. In fact, it got so bad that he was caught on camera falling asleep at the wheel on the way to his own wedding. Fans were horrified that he put himself and his future wife in danger… not to mention that MTV didn’t intervene (but that’s another story entirely).
From that point, it was no question that Ryan had a serious problem — but no one realized just how seriously it was hitting his wallet.
During the Teen Mom OG series premiere, Ryan’s addiction was a huge topic of conversation. His wife Mackenzie seemed at a loss for how to help him, and was concerned about how he was adjusting after his time in rehab. “They say relapse is part of recovery,” Mackenzie vented. “I had to tell him I love him and I’m not mad, but he needs to know how bad that hurts.”
She also revealed just how serious Ryan’s habit was, saying that he used drugs 3 times a week and spent $10,000 on his addiction — every week.
Maci had more than her own share of venting to do as well. She revealed that she had not even spoken to Ryan since he got out of rehab.
“I don’t know if he’s looking to just do 30 days and come home or if he’s wanting to stay in a bit longer and go to a half-way house,” she said. The star continued:
“I don’t feel like it will be fixed in 30 days. If you don’t do what you need to do outside of your recovery as far as Bentley is concerned and as far as staying sober for real then we’re done. Consequences with me are actual real f**king things that actually happen when you screw up. We’re talking about my child’s life.”
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