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Episode 36: Jacob

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Jacob
Age:Β 24
Location: Sacramento, California
Addiction: Alcohol
What’s Memorable: Jacob is a sad angry mess, but he’s so incredibly smart and self-aware and open about how he feels and where he’s at in his life, it’s very easy to like him. You root for him to get his shit together because you can tell he’d be an awesome and happy sober person. The followup is pure joy. I found myself wishing I could track him down and try to be his friend. If you’re reading this Jacob, email me. Let’s hang.

Official synopsis:Β By day, Jacob, 25, is a banker. But most nights, Jacob is drinking, driving and often engaged in barroom brawls. He recently overdosed on alcohol and prescription drugs. His heart stopped and he had to be revived with paddles. Jacob blames his mother — a drug user and former dealer — for his addiction. But will he be able to hear her when she pleads for him to get help?
Original Air Date:Β March 2007

Categories: Addicted Parent, Alcohol, Childhood Violence, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Uplifting Episodes, Season 3, Traumatic Incident

Discussion

31 Responses to “Episode 36: Jacob”

  1. One of my favorite episode with one of my favorite interventionee. This episode should be categorized in Most Likable Addicts / Most Powerful Episodes / Most Unforgettable Episodes / Most Uplifting Episodes. Jacob is so endearing that each time he’s crying I am too. And FWIW, I’m a guy.

    Posted by Eitan | November 22, 2013, 1:16 pm
  2. Well he did get Most Likable and Most Uplifting, that’s pretty good. But I agree with you, and I’m gonna add to Most Unforgettable now too because after how ever many years since his episode aired, it’s still the one I think about the most.

    Posted by Dizzy | November 22, 2013, 3:06 pm
  3. Wow, I was beyond moved by Jacob. He was seriously so incredible… What a sweet and sad man; I could feel his pain, definitely. The minute that he walked into the intervention, you could almost feel how relieved he was. That smile on his face said it all. He was so ready to surrender, and it was so moving! That willingness to surrender is one of the most important things in recovery, and it was definitely there. I cried so hard when he said, “Of course I will go.” You could just tell that he really wanted it, and it was almost like he had been waiting. I sincerely hope that he is sober and well, and I’m sure that he is! I saw that he has had relapses, but that is just a part of his recovery story now. If you ever tracked him down, maybe you could get his autograph for me. πŸ˜›

    Posted by Samantha | December 30, 2014, 5:23 pm
  4. Totally rooting for Jacob. I agree with the others–and would say he also gets the “Most Willing” to have an intervention” award, too. The thing we have to remember when watching these episodes is that many–perhaps, most–addicts do not have the money or the insurance to enter a 90-day, first-class rehab. To be offered the chance to have treatment at no cost has GOT to be a relief to many of these people–a chance that they might never have otherwise found. Jacob “got” it alright. And bravo to the couple who saw his episode and paid for his college. Even though he had relapses, I sure hope he’s back on track. That’s clearly a fine young fellow who had a rotten start in life. It would almost be more surprising if he WASN’T screwed up after that mess of a childhood he got dealt.

    Posted by Gregory Moore | December 30, 2014, 6:56 pm
  5. Jacob was and still is the one addict I was truly rooting for from the beginning to end. Have I missed an update? How is he? I, too, wanted to be his friend immediately and I can totally be your friend in the Windy City! Email me too, Jacob!!! He is the one guy I think of every time I tune it or even see “intervention” on the guide. My thoughts always go back to him and I hope to God he is still living the sober life!

    Posted by Sandra Simousek | January 16, 2015, 8:12 pm
  6. Great episode – hope you are doing well! If you ever need a friend in Sac, reach out!

    Posted by Marsha Rogers | January 19, 2015, 3:17 am
  7. Wonder how well he is doing now. He seemed like he was legitimately helped by treatment and is thriving in sobriety, more than some of the other addicts.

    Posted by Keaton | January 30, 2015, 7:19 pm
    • Oh no! πŸ™ I really hope he can get well… That was almost 5 years ago, so I wonder where he is at now with all of that. Still, I wish him nothing but the best- he was so inspiring.

      Posted by Samantha | February 28, 2015, 10:27 am
  8. From the above link (how sad):
    Jacob Lee Cummins

    Jacob Lee Cummins is being sought on a charge of Theft in the First Degree. On November 13 or 14, 2010, Cummins stole an expensive engagement ring from the home of friends he was visiting. He later pawned the ring, providing his Oregon ID at the pawn shop.

    Cummins is 29 years of age. He is white, stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 175 pounds. He has hazel eyes and brown hair.

    Posted by Lissa | February 27, 2015, 3:17 pm
  9. I’m so sad to read the last comment about Jacob ( that he’s wanted for theft) . There was something about him that I thought was so touching, raw and genuine. A young man with a profound brokenness . Parts of the episode left me sobbing as something about Jacob’s self-destruction yet and remorse reminded me of my own beautiful son who lost his life to addiction. Jacob if you read this, remember your still a young man, take care of your legal problems and move on with your life. I saw the goodness in you that the world needs.

    Posted by Pat | May 25, 2015, 6:22 pm
  10. I was so happy for him that he turned his life around. I can’t believe the above link! I really was rooting for him. I hope he got back on the right track. He really had everything going for him! Poor kid….

    Posted by Jimmie | June 22, 2015, 4:48 am
  11. I think it is worth noting that the Clackamas County sheriff’s website seems to have possibly not been updated since September of 2012, so its likely that he isn’t actually wanted on this charge currently. Idk anything about his sobriety, wishing him the best of course.

    Posted by M.E. | August 11, 2015, 7:12 pm
  12. here is his facebook…hasnt been updated in 3 years. I hope he is doing well

    https://www.facebook.com/jacob.cummins.75?ref=br_rs

    Posted by Kellie | September 5, 2015, 12:34 pm
  13. Jacob’s episode really hit home with me and his episode was absolutely inspiring…he seems like a truly awesome person, and I live about 20 minutes away from him.

    Unfortunately, Jacob (who is now 33) is currently in custody in Placer County’s jail…charged with burglary and ineligible for bail (projected release date: 02/18/16) ?

    Posted by Mandy | September 13, 2015, 3:29 am
    • I had high hopes for Jacob but given the fact he has been arrested twice in the past five years, it’s safe to say the issues that plagued him back then still do today.
      Hate to sound cold but at this point, he has made his bed so he can lie in it.
      He was given chances to succeed and chose not to taken advantage of them.
      Hopefully his time in jail will wake him up but I’m not holding my breath.

      Posted by Zach | October 21, 2015, 7:44 pm
  14. Jacob has a new FB page. He talks about being on Intervention and apparently he became addicted to heroin sometime after his episode was filmed.

    I felt drawn to him when I saw his episode and always hoped the best for him.

    https://m.facebook.com/jacob.cummins.737?ref=content_filter

    Posted by RK | March 21, 2016, 7:19 pm
    • Thank you for commenting. I feel the same way. Here’s a screenshot of what he has to say about his Intervention experience. I don’t quite know what to make of it, but hell yeah I’m gonna read his book. Jacob Intervention Followup

      Posted by Dizzy | March 21, 2016, 7:59 pm
      • I’ve always figured the whole reason the rehab gets paid for is because the addicts agree to let their episode air. I do believe some things can be edited/manipulated to look worse, but the addict is still doing these things.

        Posted by Ash | March 29, 2016, 7:56 pm
  15. I know I would also definitely read his book.

    Posted by Halley | March 22, 2016, 4:27 pm
  16. I can’t take that fb post seriously. He’s going to write a book about people that tried to help him?? C’mon dude. Also, with all the run on sentences and misspellings…your kidding, right?

    Posted by Renee | March 30, 2016, 9:40 am
    • I understand, and yes im serious. Misspellings and poor writing must not hold back the experiences that I have been blessed with. The details of what happened and the lessons learned from never giving up are key ingredients to stories worth telling. I want to write a book, yes, and that does involve those that have helped me, yes-absolutely, does that reflect poorly on their involvement, no-it was their involvement that brought me to the present and the present is best place I have been yet! Thank you for your participation, I need to be influenced by outside perspectives.
      Jacob episode 36

      Posted by Jacob Cummins episode 36 | April 2, 2016, 1:57 pm
  17. Hello,
    This is Jacob…Jacob Cummins from episode 36. Dizzy, I wanted to show my gratitude by reaching out to you and answering the often asked question of, “what happened?!” The answer to that is much more rewarding and honest than television could ever articulate. That being said I am proud of the work that A&E’S Intervention put in not only on my episode but the episodes that continue to follow. I must say that they only filmed me for eight days before they did for me what I was unable to do for myself and to have such an accurate depiction of my mental state at that point in my life and for that to be utilized as a tool to better lives totally validates the sacrifice involved. I always wanted my fifteen minutes of fame, until it happened in the forms of episode trailers, fans of the show recognizing me when I did not want to be recognized, expectations-especially those that haven’t seen my episode has fueled my never ending pursuit of staying true to myself…it all falls under the often asked question…”what happened?”
    So I would like your participation in answering that. I must continue my journey following the path of keeping what I have by giving it away and what I have today is a gift, I have the present, I am a source of strength that can only be found through surviving the struggle so that it may be used as testimony to save those that wouldn’t or couldn’t survive such struggle. There is so much to say and there is so much to learn…starting with the answer to…”what happened?”
    I look forward to your anticipated involvement and I appologize it has taken as long as it has but trust and believe it couldn’t have happened any other way!

    Posted by Jacob Cummins episode 36 | April 2, 2016, 1:39 pm
    • I can certainly understand that. I’m an alcoholic, everyday, regardless if I’m actually drinking or not. People that watch Intervention I think genuinely want the best for every addict & their loved ones, and I can understand when they become “disappointed” when an addict relapses. But as an addict, I also know the reality for addiction is it is very seldom remedied & cured after one intervention/treatment. One day at a time brother πŸ™‚

      Posted by Ash | April 5, 2016, 7:22 pm
    • Hey Hun . This is Natalie . Happy you are doing well. I happy I got to know you . Even though I fueld the fire at times and I regret that. Our friendship was a mess. It was a bad time in my life and yours . We learn from our mistakes though . You are truly a good person with good intentions. Stay on track and do well . Shine and let people know the real you. I want nothing but the best for you . When or if you write your book I would love to read it .

      Posted by Natalie | April 29, 2016, 1:09 pm
    • You seem to have such a sweet soul and desire to keep becoming a better man. You have given up at times, but something in you keeps you going. Setbacks are disappointing, but what matters is that you have continued to put one foot in front of the other and keep trying to make your life better. You may not be perfect, but you are resilient.

      As someone who is 37, I can also say that your thirties are sooooo much better than your twenties anyway. πŸ˜‰

      Best of luck!

      Posted by Jaime Lynn | May 4, 2016, 7:21 pm
    • Hey Jacob–You’ll note I posted a comment back in 2014, near the top of this thread. If you’re looking for an empathetic ear, I’d be happy to help in any way I can, as you’re finding your way to “what happened?” (I’m a pretty good proof-reader, too, if you need one!). As someone who’s struggled with addiction myself, I’m a very non-judgmental listener. You’re fortunate, in that you seem to now understand that one of the most important steps in overcoming addiction is realizing how you got there in the first place. One has to sort of figure out where it is they are “from”–if only so that they know where it is that they do not want to return to. In any case, keep at it, buddy. You can get there. And I think your book idea will really help you gather your thoughts and figure it out. With best wishes always, Gregory/NYC

      Posted by Gregory Moore | September 3, 2016, 10:49 am
      • Move over Gregory, I was here first!

        Seriously though, I like Jacob, but I went through his post three times and cannot make much sense of it at all. He says he’s going to answer “the often asked question of, β€œwhat happened?!” but then goes off on tangents and ends up requesting our “participation in answering” guess what? The β€œwhat happened?!” question!

        I’m going to go off on a tangent myself but what brought me here is a video of a heroin addict that looks a lot like Jacob: https://youtu.be/Lrq2S7qbZ-o?t=720

        Impressive documentary on addiction esp. if you consider that it was made by a College student. For those like-minded…

        Posted by Eitan | December 21, 2016, 3:40 pm
  18. How in the hell do I get to become your friend? That’s what I’d like to know. πŸ™‚

    Posted by Sandy Sjoquist | April 5, 2016, 7:31 pm
  19. He seems like such a like able and good-hearted guy. Here is his facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/getinapinch

    Posted by Madeline | September 1, 2016, 5:31 pm
  20. His fb is weird

    Posted by Congrats | December 8, 2016, 11:08 pm

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