Fans can always count on Dr. Drew [Pinsky] to speak the truth. The celebrity doctor — and Teen Mom reunion host — spoke out about Ryan Edwards‘ current battle with addition. He said, “Everybody wants Ryan to get better, that’s it. And nobody wants anything else. I mean, nobody… My advice to Ryan is more treatment, more treatment, more treatment. It’s like anybody with that condition. More treatment for a long period of time.”
Dr. Drew not only gave advice, but tried to make fans understand that just because he’s on a show doesn’t mean his problems aren’t real. He explained, “Let’s not fool around. These are life-threatening problems. He’s no different from anybody else. Let’s all say a prayer hoping he gets [more treatment].”
At the end of March, Ryan was arrested for violating his probation from a previous heroin possession charge. While it’s unclear whether Teen Mom OG was filming at the time of this booking, his struggle with addiction has been a constant storyline on the show. The 30-year-old checked into rehab in May 2017 after he fell asleep behind the wheel on the way to his wedding to wife, Mackenzie Standifer — with whom he is currently expecting a baby.
Thankfully, Mackenzie was able to grab the wheel only for Ryan to pathetically explain his behavior. He said, “My eyes, babe, in the sunlight I can’t keep ’em open.” Since the incident, Ryan’s ex Maci Bookout — whom he shares nine-year-old Bentley with — has expressed her concerns.
In a recent episode of Teen Mom OG she said, “I’m not really sure exactly what it is that he’s using. Sometimes he’ll fall asleep while you’re trying to have a conversation with him, or he’s extremely wide-eyed and he doesn’t look right.” And it’s not just Ryan’s substance abuse that has Maci concerned, it’s her safety as well.
Maci filed for an order of protection against Ryan — after his most recent arrest — and claimed he threatened to “show up at my house and take my son.” Not only that but Maci’s husband, Taylor McKinney, alleged that Ryan called him “on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and threatened to show up at my house and put a bullet in my head… He has also said he would show up at our son’s baseball game and confront us, my wife and I.”
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