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Episode 129: Austin

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Austin
Age: 23
Location: Colorado
Addicted to: Alcohol

Update: Austin died of a heroin overdose in December 2011.

Official synopsis:  When Austin’s stepfather died from alcoholism, he turned to alcohol himself to numb the pain. His girlfriend is now pregnant, and he’s doing as much partying as he can before his child is born. Austin needs an intervention to become a sober dad and break his family’s cycle of alcoholism.

Original Air Date: December 2010
Interventionist: John

Categories: Addicted Parent, Addicts Who Have Died, Alcohol, Death of Loved One, John, Season 9

Discussion

11 Responses to “Episode 129: Austin”

  1. R.I.P

    Posted by grelk | January 22, 2013, 11:54 pm
  2. RIP Austin. Your are missed bro

    Posted by Colin Casey | February 27, 2013, 9:44 am
  3. I can’t believe that his name was Austin Powers and his fiance is Amy Tittle, it’s just too much.
    And I can’t believe he went from alcohol to heroin even after a friend of his overdosed and died. He must have really been somewhere else emotionally.

    Posted by snugs | December 20, 2014, 2:47 am
    • Snugs, I actually thought the same things about the names. While only a coincidence, it’s rather amusing (in a fun way) to some of us. Nevertheless, his addiction and troubles are not amusing in any way, and I feel terrible for his son, family, and friends. It does take serious emotional pain to go from alcohol to heroine. Poor guy; if only he had been able to continue recovery. My heart goes out to his loved ones.

      Posted by Tina | October 18, 2015, 2:31 pm
  4. Clearly you’re narrow and feeble mind has brought you to a place not only of disrespect but also ignorance. Austin has left our family with a massive hole, a void that can never be filled. Because he never recovered, we can never recover. His mother is without a son, his son is without a father, his sister is without a brother and we, are without our Austin. His humor and sarcasm never missed a beat, even during the deepest throes of his addiction. Your “humor” is not only irrelevant but also disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself. We miss him every day. He is irreplaceable. He was so much more than an addict, so much more than sick. He is ours. His name came far before lame movies and his addiction was poorly portrayed by this show. His losses and his descent into darkness were far more ugly than anyone should ever have to comprehend. Shame on you. You are foul. Austin would never have said the things about a stranger that you did. He loved and we love him.

    Posted by Rachel | December 25, 2014, 4:45 am
  5. Miss this dude. Austin was always a happy guy. And fuck this Snugs person.

    Posted by Mac | January 6, 2015, 11:33 pm
  6. RIP Austin. Although I didnt have the pleasure of meeting you, I hope you have found peace. My thoughts and prayers with you and yours.

    Posted by Sarah Thomas | January 13, 2015, 10:53 pm
  7. I met Austin in rehab. He was having a tough time accepting the structure. I graduated before him. Got a call about a week later. Austin needed a ride, he had been kicked out. Picked him up at a bar and took him back to Greeley. We ended up having a fight over something stoopid I don’t even remember. It would be the last time I saw him in person. Saw that show. Got the news. Cold day. Couldn’t get time off to say my goodbyes. So here it is, Austin, goodbye brother. I pray you’ve found peace.

    Posted by Carl | January 18, 2015, 9:56 pm
  8. Hauna, so sorry for your loss. I just viewed the “Intervention” episode featuring him and was deeply moved by your family’s story. I hope that the “takeaway” from this sad family tale is a cautionary message to absentee fathers, who think that money is a good-enough “babysitter”. I hope that other men, especially, can view this episode and see how devastating child abandonment can be…and LEARN from it. It would have taken super-human strength for your brother to have any kind of positive self-image, after being so cruelly tossed aside by his own father, during childhood. How does somebody get over that? I hope it comforts you to know that because of your family’s generosity in sharing your story, somewhere, someday…some negligent father will see this episode–and will re-think his own poor parenting, with Austin as an example of how to permanently scar your child, through neglect.

    You have my sincerest condolences…
    Gregory

    Posted by Gregory Moore | July 15, 2015, 3:43 pm
  9. Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with Austin.

    Thank you for sharing your story with the world Austin, rest in peace.

    Posted by Melanie P. | December 11, 2016, 6:01 am

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