Is he in a low place?
Discussing drug addiction is difficult for anyone, especially those who are addicted or who have loved ones struggling with addiction. That might be why Maci was faced with such opposition when she began publicly airing Ryan’s addiction on Teen Mom OG.
For months — despite that fact that Maci was telling the truth — she was subject to attacks from Ryan’s parents and his new wife Mackenzie Standifer, who denied that Ryan had an addiction. It wasn’t until Ryan finally agreed to enter rehab that others began to admit that he had a problem. However, Maci still had an uphill battle ahead of her when it came to attempting to protect her son Bentley from experiencing his father’s addiction.
Ryan left rehab after 21 days, cutting his stay extremely short. Now, fans are worried that Ryan might have a much more difficult time staying clean. It’s admittedly proving to be a fair concern. A new report indicates that the Teen Mom star may have already fallen back into his old ways.
Avoiding the Test
Opiates are one of the most addictive substances on the planet, so it’s no wonder why relapse is part of the road to recovery for many former addicts. However, in Maci and Ryan’s case, Maci made one thing very clear: until he passed a drug test in front of her, she wouldn’t let him have any more unsupervised visits with Bentley. The concerned mom required her ex to take a hair and urine test while she was there in order to confirm his sobriety, but so far, Ryan has declined to take the urine test, which has many fans suspicious.
“If Ryan really is clean and has been since rehab (which would be maybe like 30 days at this point in the show?) it wouldn’t be detected,” pointed out Reddit user Emilyyy123. Many fans thought his refusal was a clear sign of relapse.
“He’s refusing to do one because he’s either already relapsed or is planning on keeping his addiction going under wraps, my guess is both,” wrote user cleverusername83. User IAm_TulipFace wrote, “I mean it’s pretty upfront: because he’s not clean. There’s no guessing or ifs here – there’s no other reason.”
User Shelovesthem80sbby had another theory to share. “Maybe he doesn’t want to take any test, because he doesn’t want Maci to see the other drugs he was doing,” they posit. “Those bulging eyes had nothing to do with heroin. It was some kind of upper… If Maci saw multiple drugs, that would open a whole new can of worms. And he probably still wouldn’t be allowed to see Bentley, knowing he had a problem with more than just heroin.”
Signs of Relapse
This isn’t the first sign fans have narrowed in on as potentially pointing to Ryan relapsing. Recently, MTV released a deleted scene that many fans thought featured a high Ryan once again. Although this time Mackenzie was driving, the scene was reminiscent of the notorious footage of Ryan driving while so high he could hardly keep his eyes open. In the scene, Ryan appears to slur his words as he reclines with sunglasses in the passenger’s seat. Although there could be numerous explanations, fans were convinced of a relapse. Reddit user janzte wrote, “DUDE is [f–ked up]. Bottom line. Best thing Maci can do is make sure he is tested before every ‘visit’ just like Adam.”
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Only time will tell if Ryan can stay on the wagon for sure, but one thing is certain: Maci isn’t messing around. If he can’t stay clean, he’ll likely have to kiss his relationship with their son goodbye for good.
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