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Episode 96: Joey

Season 6 Episode 11

Age: 25
Location: Pittsburgh
Addiction: Heroin
What’s memorable: The sad, action-packed adventure intervention. Also memorable for me – He seems like he was probably a completely awesome guy when he was sober & in the program, before his latest relapse. The kind of guy you’d want as your sponsor, ya know?

Legacy Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u91CF0-Q4Aw

Official synopsis:  With a terrifying addiction to heroin, Joey’s career as a tattoo artist is in jeopardy. His parents divorced when he was three. At 13, Joey started smoking marijuana and soon graduated to ecstasy, LSD, and heroin. When he stole his mother’s credit cards, she reluctantly filed charges and he went to jail. He has a daughter now, but the girl’s mother is afraid to let Joey be alone with her. An intervention is the only way to stop Joey from overdosing.

Original Air Date: August 2009
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Heroin, Ken, Legacy Updates, Season 6


9 Responses to “Episode 96: Joey”

  1. Joey! I absolutely loved seeing the update on tonight’s episode. This story touched me, the way his family split and made new families while he wasn’t sure what to do with himself totally resonated with me. And such a talented artist he is. I always wondered if he stuck with it for his beautiful baby. She’s not a baby anymore! He looks great! Keep making that art, Joey.

    Posted by Sara | July 26, 2015, 7:28 pm
    • I was just coming here to say something similar, Sara. In the original episode I was struck by what a nice guy he seemed to be and someone who was pretty realistic about the challenges ahead. It was wonderful to see him doing so well and being a business owner and a good father. Great success story.

      Posted by Ruth | July 27, 2015, 8:12 pm
      • Really? Nice guy? Genuinely surprised at that. He seemed horrible. Didnt see any redeeming qualities about him at all. Glad hes doing better though and hope he apologised to his family and especially his mum for his brattish behaviour

        Posted by Laura | October 8, 2020, 8:55 pm
        • I agree with you Laura. I just had no feelings either way for him. Glad he’s doing better.

          Posted by Cindy | October 10, 2020, 2:36 pm
  2. I’m surprised this episode only has a couple of comments so far. I just finished watching this and wow that is one of the most dramatic intervention showdowns ever on the show. I was crying watching his little brothers chase after him running down the streets and into the subway begging him to get help. He is doing great in the recent update. I am so happy Joey is sober and has rebuilt his life. He has a big heart and a great talent to share with the world. Sobriety is making him thrive. I’m very happy for him and his loving family. Bravo!

    Posted by Hector | December 3, 2017, 11:11 pm
  3. This was weird to watch since I grew up in Pittsburgh and took that subway/trolley a million times lol. I kept wondering if someone stayed behind to pay all the fares when they all just ran past the fare attendant? Anyway, I’m glad there is a happy ending!

    Posted by Tobie | December 4, 2017, 12:04 pm
  4. I’m glad hes doing better but oh my god he was on one the most dislike able people I’ve seen on intervention. The way he spoke to his mum was disgusting, I wouldnt be able to live with myself if I talked to my mine like that.

    Posted by Laura | October 8, 2020, 8:52 pm
    • Addicts don’t typically act like angels. It’s part of the disease. When I was at my worst, I was anyone but myself. Other addicts, you can tell they’re just jerks inherently, but with Joey you can tell there’s still a sweet guy in there.

      So ya addicts act like brats to get what they want.

      Posted by Xlio | October 10, 2020, 10:14 am

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