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Episode 57: John T.

Season 4, Episode 8

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John T.
Age: Late 20’s
Location: Arizona
Addiction: Alcohol, hallucinogens
What’s Memorable: His sad, desperate attempts to get his supposed friends to hang out with him.

Update: John died in January 2013 – suicide. Obituary

Official synopsis: As a former clean-cut track star, John’s life used to revolve around athletics. Now, after a leg injury ended his running career, John spends his time abusing his body with alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy and hallucinogenic drugs.  He believes he is living a charmed life as a successful and popular DJ when the reality is that he is losing his friends, his family and his chance at success in the music industry to an addiction that could result in permanent brain damage or death. His family believes that his only hope lies in an intervention, but can they convince him that he has a problem before it is too late?

Original Air Date: February 2008

Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Alcohol, Athletic/Competition Career End, Jeff, Season 4

Discussion

12 Responses to “Episode 57: John T.”

  1. I remember John talking about the twelve steps and after going through each number he did a step to get a beer out of the fridge and step 12 was popping the can. That was followed by laughter. You have to want to get better.

    Posted by rick | November 11, 2013, 12:44 pm
  2. How about you stop hotlinking and just upload the pictures to either your site or a image hosting site such as imgur. A&E has removed all the images you hotlinked and now I can’t see any of the people’s pictures you’ve posted.

    Posted by Bob | July 23, 2014, 11:56 am
    • Yeah well when I made this site I didn’t know the images wouldn’t exist after a while. Now in order to get pics for all the ones missing I have to watch the episodes and take screenshots, which I have done for many, many of them but watching every single episode again is a pretty big project that I don’t really have time for right now. I AM SO SORRY BOB.

      Posted by Dizzy | July 23, 2014, 4:27 pm
      • Thanks for trying Dizzy.

        Posted by kitten | August 27, 2014, 8:23 am
      • Thank you for trying . I enjoy what you have done here and know you have obviously worked very hard on this site . I find this is the best way to keep up with Intervention and updates other than their FB Page . I try to avoid the FB page though because it gets ugly real fast .

        Posted by marcy lily | September 17, 2014, 4:58 pm
      • Without this I would have never known my dear, old friend had died. He was lost and confused. He was mentally unwell. We begged his parents for help on their doorstep in 2005. 2005. Begged. They turned us away and sent him away to ny for 2 months. This episode and his parents misrepresent him. He was a crazy, hot mess, but he was a beautiful soul. People shouldn’t speak on a persons character they don’t know.

        Posted by erica | September 22, 2016, 11:39 pm
  3. I remember him from some years ago in Phoenix when I would go out to bars and nightclubs. I first started encountering him a couple years before his intervention episode aired. He had an extremely negative, unstable, bad vibe. People all called him Dr.Doom, his DJ name, he did not want to be called anything else. He never got gigs to play anywhere, but was always inviting people back to his apartment to party. I don’t know anyone that went. He always had an enormous array of drugs in his pocket to choose from, to sell. Then one night I was watching intervention and he came on. I had no idea the complexity of his character. His dark vibes and instability came through in the show, but I felt so much more compassion for him after seeing how desperately depressed he was. No one I knew ever knew he had a child, or that he never worked. I think he had nothing to live for because he never did anything positive for himself. His mom was just trying to take care of him, but she made it worse by not forcing him to actually have a job, instead of his fantasy that he would be a famous DJ. So some time passed, everyone knew Dr.Doom had been on intervention, and I probably saw him in person a couple times after that. It was in a new light, though I did not want to befriend him. Someone texted me at some point and said he had committed suicide and left a message on facebook that this is truly what he wanted. Indeed it was there when I sought out his page. Within a day or two someone logged in and changed his page from “Dr.Doom” to John Tyrrell and wiped away all things he had left on there and turned it into a sort of clean slate. Even his last messages. That is sad in itself. They couldn’t even let him leave his own messages in the world.

    Posted by Brian | October 10, 2014, 3:04 pm
    • Wow. Thanks so much for your comment. I didn’t realize he has committed suicide. His whole story is so sad.

      Posted by Dizzy | October 10, 2014, 4:17 pm
    • How is it that we humans (often) have such difficulty facing truth and understanding love? How, when we become addicted (and I am a recovering addict)is it so difficult to admit to ourselves the reality? And why is it so difficult for many of us parents (and I am also a parent, a pretty faulty one)to take the hard line with our children, which, when taken with emotional equanimity, is the most loving and ultimately nurturing behavior? I know for myself that sometimes I was too tired or too overwhelmed to react to my childrens’ misbehavior in the best or effective way. And I still ‘bail them out’ in some situations when I probably shouldn’t. And yes, I know that my intention is to ‘save’ them the pain or difficulty that comes when there is fallout when they have made a mistake, and though intellectually I know that ‘no pain, no gain’ is true, it still hurts to see them hurt. A mother’s (and sometimes a father’s)basic instinct is to protect her children. But we have to learn to get past that when our protective instinct actually ends up stunting their growth. I am still trying to learn that.
      It’s so sad that John’s mother didn’t learn it in time. We, as a culture, are trying to learn how to do better parenting, but there is never going to be a ‘one size fits all’ method of good parenting, yet a few basics are true…one is that kids have to start learning from an early age how to do things for themselves, and I sense that John maybe had too much done for him, and it was likely out of love for him… we get our self-love and sense of self worth from a number of ways, and learning how to do things for ourselves, to be effective, is a very important one. I feel sadness for his poor mother, and even if she did make this mistake (though I am only guessing about this – I may be way off) it is not her fault. John made his own choices. I do hope that he has found peace.

      Posted by Raven | April 10, 2015, 8:32 pm
    • His family loved him very much and shut down his FB page before any more morons could post hateful hurtful comments. He was a kind and loving person who struggled for years.

      Posted by Ann | October 18, 2015, 3:59 pm
  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to create this site and for updating it as you do. I appreciate being able to find out what has happened to some of the people that, after watching their episode of Intervention, we feel that we know. I think we all care about what has happened to them and how they are doing after their interventions. Thank you.

    Posted by Theresa | January 6, 2015, 5:32 pm
  5. This guy had friends, a bunch of them.
    No one wanted to be on camera.
    Shame on you A&E and also the webmaster of this site for immortalizing him in this fashion.

    This is despicable.

    Posted by A. randomguy | July 27, 2017, 12:27 am

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