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Episode 38: Anthony

Season 3, Episode 4

Anthony Season 3 episode 6

Age: 21
Location: Jersey shore
Addiction: Cocaine

Official synopsis: Anthony has been working at the pizzerias owned by his family since he was a kid. A good athlete, colleges offered him baseball scholarships. But at 14, everything changed. His sister died of a heroin overdose and his mother fell into an emotional black hole. Anthony found comfort in cocaine, and today he needs methadone to get him through the day until he can shoot coke at night. His family is not ready to let him hit rock bottom, but Anthony won’t get better until his entire family embraces change.

Original Air Date: April 2007
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Cocaine, Death of Loved One, Jeff, Season 3


34 Responses to “Episode 38: Anthony”

  1. just got out of rehab with him he is now in an oxford house

    Posted by doug | December 16, 2013, 5:13 pm
  2. Glad to hear this. I’ve worried about him.

    Posted by Atram | May 10, 2014, 4:23 pm
  3. Anthony’s story touched my heart I truely felt helpless watching him shoot up over the TV and knowing I couldn’t do a thing to help him its only an hour show but he seems like a really sweet kid who loves his family I just wish he would love himself as much and get out of the addiction, because it broke my heart to see him in that condition. Where ever he is I hope he knows that I am rooting for him. I pray that Jesus will take control and take him out of that horrible addiction that is destroying his life and his families as well. GOD bless you Anthony.

    Posted by Dalila | May 10, 2014, 9:42 pm
    • Jesus couldnt care less. If he did, it would be a done deal for people to commit to quitting. Jesus leaves it up to each of us to redeem ourselves. That’s how God knows whats truly in our hearts. Otherwise, how do you explain those who fail who pray with equal or greater diligence? The addiction game is life and death. If you want to play, you’d better have the strength to cash out before you bust. I speak from a vast amount of experience and observations of myself and those in the life. Sorry. I know you think im being cold as ice but im not. Im as real as it gets. Theres no rose lined paths in this crap. Its sad, hard, deadly.

      Posted by terry | June 3, 2015, 12:18 am
      • For real. Jesus isn’t going to do anything. I was hooked on opiates for 6 years and in 2 weeks I’ll be clean for 6 years. Hardest thing I’ve ever gotten through and I am not going to give the credit to some fictional character.

        Posted by Adam | June 3, 2015, 4:59 pm
        • I couldn’t agree with your statement more. Giving up drugs is incredibly hard. Your brain tricks you into thinking you need them. When youre a true addict, every day or every other day is a struggle. When you do succeed, it is you and you alone. You’re the one sitting there and when you get a craving youre the one that has to say no and mean it. You know you can give in but you say no every time and every time you say no it is a success, but it is hard. I commend every single person that does that, it is surely not easy.

          Posted by Robin | August 7, 2020, 12:43 am
  4. I know what it’s like to self medicaid and then before you know it you become addicted.It’s soooo lonely. I hope you get better. 🙂 Your family loves you.

    Posted by erica202001 | June 26, 2014, 9:23 pm
  5. I was glad to be able find this and see that hes still around and hopefully able to stay clean once and for all. Being from the same area as he is, I know how drugs have taken over our hometowns. Ive been clean now for 4yrs and 42 days. Theres always hope. Love and faith sent out to any struggling addict! And Anthony if u ever see this, good vibes sent your way, always stay strong and i hope this finds u well <3

    Posted by ML | February 17, 2015, 9:29 pm
  6. I’ve never gotten online to figure out is someone is still alive after watching intervention, but Anthony’s story really touched me. He seems like such a compassionate, grounded person with a lot to offer the world. I hope he stays sober and finds new and beautiful things in life to live for.

    Posted by Malay | February 20, 2015, 12:33 pm
  7. I often watch Intervention, and it’s certainly given me a much clearer understanding of addictions and a deep compassion for the sufferers and those who love them. The story of Anthony broke my heart–as so many stories do–and I desperately pray that he will allow himself to find total and lasting healing. I also pray that the other family members will get professional help so that they can support him but NOT enable him any further!

    Posted by T.L. | June 2, 2015, 8:08 pm
  8. I hope there’s a way that the program participants can be encouraged by others — without involving direct contact. I know that would not be wise in this day and time. But I do know people need to know others care.

    Posted by T.L. | June 2, 2015, 8:11 pm
  9. Please give me any updates on Anthony whose family owns a pizzeria, really hope he has beaten his addiction.

    Posted by denice | June 2, 2015, 8:33 pm
  10. Does anyone have any updates on Anthony? I would really like to know how he is doing now.

    Posted by Jimmie | June 22, 2015, 4:59 am
  11. Well, here’s his Facebook page:


    It has him working at a pizza place in Asbury Park, NJ. When the episode aired, he was 21, so he would be 29 now.

    In August 2014, Asbury Park police arrested a 28 year old Anthony Dalia for possession of heroin:


    So it looks like he is still having drug issues at least as of last year.

    Posted by Brian | July 31, 2015, 5:45 pm
  12. I looked at NJ criminal records as well. The drug charge from August 2014 resulted in a guilty plea and 2 years probation. In December 2014, Anthony was charged with burglary, theft, and fraudulent use of a credit card. He pled guilty to burglary and was sentenced on July 10, 2015 apparently to time served and probation. It looks as if was jailed from Dec 12 to July 10 and then released with a year’s probation.

    Posted by Brian | July 31, 2015, 6:52 pm
  13. Sounds like Anthony still doesn’t get it. What a waste, the guy is nearly impossible to not like and has unlimited potential, as well as a large family that clearly loves him a lot. I don’t even know what one could do for a guy like him. He has to change his whole way of thinking or something….

    Posted by Adam | August 1, 2015, 7:16 pm
  14. I was just in jail with Ant. He is a great person and hopefully he is doing good. Please pray for him.

    Posted by Phil | October 18, 2015, 7:56 pm
  15. Hello Anthony,
    My names Aly Funiciello I saw your episode and wanted to comment some good vibes. I wanted to reach out to you I plan on going to school to become a drug/alcohol abuse counselor. My father is an alcoholic and my grandmother was addicted to cocaine. Growing up watching them struggle was hard and that’s why I made the career choice I did. Anything is possible and I do believe you’re truly a good person just hit a rough patch. With your family and the right people by your side you can do it. Keep your head up you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care!!

    Posted by Aly Funiciello | December 22, 2015, 5:41 pm
  16. I know Anthony well, and I don’t know many others as kind as him. His addiction sucks and I know it really does touch him that complete strangers truly care.

    Posted by Christopher Monaco | May 2, 2016, 1:02 am

    Posted by T.L. | July 18, 2016, 7:44 pm
  18. I’ll always be here for you ant I love you xoxo

    Posted by Christie | September 1, 2016, 4:44 pm
  19. I was just with Ant in a rehab. He is a great person but his addiction has a hold of him. I am also an addict but I’ve been clean for 4 months now. Hopefully he gets sick and tired of being sick and tired before the drugs claim his life.

    Posted by Lou | December 24, 2016, 4:11 pm
  20. From a professional stand point, I have come to know Anthony very well. He was in jail for a while and transferred to a treatment program where he was doing well, until just recently. I was informed that he relapsed in the treatment program and took off. My heart breaks for him!! I know in his heart he wants to change but has said on numerous occasions that he was scared to leave jail because he has been an addict for so long, that he doesn’t know any other way!! Unfortunately, that is the problem with most addicts! Anthony is a great guy with a heart of gold. The smile he has on the outside can brighten any room, but the darkness of the addiction still haunts him!! Ant, we are all praying for you and hoping that you will kick this!! Don’t give up!! ❤️️

    Posted by KD | January 14, 2017, 7:51 pm
  21. Anthony is going to survive. His girlfriend Jessica was killed last week. Anthony was saved once again and put in the county jail where he is right now. My fiancee and him and his family are very close. I worry for him. I just wrote him a letter giving him hope and trying to make him open his eyes. All you do in jail is think think think.. If any of you want to try to plant the seed in anthony.. WRITE HIM NOW!!! Send him a motivational quote. He will read it and it might send a spark. He is on drug court pending a violation. Judge Killgallen will not throw him away. She is going to keep him in jail for a few months and then send him back to rehab. Anthonys first response was I wanty to just go to prison and get it over with..,.EVERYONE send Anthony something in jail….MCCI
    1 Waterworks Road
    Freehold, NJ 07748
    Anthony Dalia…No jail number needed

    Posted by JR | February 9, 2017, 6:41 am
  22. Anthony I’m thinking of you every day I watched your episode when it aired I. Have watched it several times and I never stopped rooting for you I wish you could get sober and I wish I could meet you in person I’m in New Hampshire and would love to be able to go to Hampton Beach with you and get to know you buddy you seem like a great guy I’m a recovering addict as well and I would love to share my knowledge and the things I did to help me overcome addiction with you

    Posted by Jeff | June 2, 2017, 7:16 pm
  23. Hey Anthony. I sent you a facebook message too. Your episode really touched me and you seem like a caring guy like me. I have been sober 6 months now and have such a good network of guys in my life. I would love to get in touch with you and possible lend a helping hand. We are all worth it and deserve to be happy. Anyway, I would love to hear from you buddy and I hope you are well.

    Posted by Tom | December 20, 2017, 12:39 am
  24. I live in the same town as Anthony but I don’t know him, and I do know his pizzeria had switched ownership a few years after this episode was made, and it has switched a few more times since then. I don’t think his family currently runs any now. I do know Anthony is still alive, the police are aware and updated of his situation, but it’s not something they want to share.

    Posted by Mia | April 24, 2018, 6:03 pm
  25. Any updates on him or his family

    Posted by Debralee Benson | July 18, 2020, 8:37 am
    • He’s still using, and stealing. His dad died 2 years ago while Anthony was in prison. His sister Tomi died in 2018, too. He is homeless now and was popped a few weeks ago for breaking into cars and houses and stealing. His mom is still a wet rag and won’t cut him out of her life and putting herself in jeopardy. It’s sad and ridiculous.

      Posted by Tressa | October 8, 2020, 8:18 am

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