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Meet Gordie…

Gordie did not take the smooth route to get where he currently is in life. If there was an easy way or a “how to” book that would enable one to discover him or herself, Gordie definitely did not read it. His journey involved addictions to numerous substances and multiple mental illness diagnoses. From rock bottom, he describes the experience, the emotions, the pain and his journey back to reality. It is now his mission to share his story and inspire millions of young adults.

“In 2008, I had the choice between death, jail or sobriety. You may assume this is an easy decision, but my addiction had full control over my mind. I did the most courageous feat of my life and asked for help.

        Every day I’m grateful for this choice. What could have happened to me ultimately transpired to my two best friends. One of my closest friends will never have the chance to take another breath and the other served a four-year prison sentence.

        I currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona where I am able to be outdoors year round. As a traveling enthusiast, I have had the opportunity to step foot in 13 different countries. My life now is radically different and evolves around mindfulness practices maintaining my inner peace. I am now living into my dreams and being the change I wish to see in the world.”

Gordie’s  Experience Includes:
  • Over 25 YPO & EO Chapter presentations
  • Over 80 school presentations
  • Numerous charity events and rehab centers
  • Featured on Forbes, CBS, Huffington Post & NBC
  • Featured internationally in 8 different countries
  • Professional Member of the National Speakers Association
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Mr. Bufton did a great job… He had something for every attendee regardless of where they were in recovery… He was very professional and willing to help with the graduation in more ways than just speaking. ~ Stephanie Miller (Treatment Court Coordinator Umitilla County)

Gordie’s path is very clear now, as he devotes his life to speaking and helping others who may be on the very same “train to hell” that he was on for years. ~ David Essel

Gordie is one of tomorrows leaders, he’s seen the dark side and lived to tell about it. He is living proof that if you want to change, you can change, become productive and make a difference. ~ Jim Plouffe

Thank you for sharing your story you inspired me to not try drugs at the graduation party and go after my dream of becoming a Air Force Pilot. ~ Student

Eluding Reality

Eluding Reality is a candid memoir about Gordie Bufton’s rebellious and selfish descent into the underbelly of society. This audacious journey travels through addictions to ecstasy and marijuana, jail, narrowly escaping death, numerous psych ward stays, and an escape from a high security ward. The doctors labeled and diagnosed Gordie as bipolar, schizophrenic, manic, and depressed. They said he would never be able to live a “normal” life without taking prescription antipsychotics. Will he be able to prove the doctors wrong? Accompany the author on the path to finding himself and living in reality.


  •       New York Times Best Seller
  •       Over 1,000,000 Copies Sold
  •       Amazon Top 100 Paid Books
Available on Amazon Kindle

Contact Info

Phone: 213-632-6658