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Episode 105: Greg

Season 7, Episode 2

 

Greg
Age: 50’s
Location: North Carolina
Addiction: Morphine, Internet scams
What’s memorable: What an awesome and respectable southern family man he was before the addiction took hold, so in love with his home and his wife and kids. How shockingly gullible he is with the internet scams, to the point of bankrupting his family. $600,000 and counting! I really had no idea ANYONE ever fell for advance-fee scams, but he is fully invested in that craziness. He seriously believes he’s going to get that money. It’s people like Greg that keep those Prince of Nigeria emails coming into my inbox. The conversation with “Mr. Washington” trying to get Greg’s pin number is just brutal to listen to. “It’s hard to believe that all of them are liars.” Yeah, it is, but they are.  #Capitalism. I don’t think Greg would be believing any of their crap if he wasn’t on morphine.

Official Synopsis: Greg once owned a thriving business and was a devoted husband and father. But after a back injury left him disabled, he lost his business, started gambling, and became dependent on pain medication. He also became obsessed with Internet sweepstakes scams, and he has bankrupted his family in a relentless pursuit of big winnings. Having lost everything, Greg’s family just wants their proud father back.

Original Air Date: December 2009

Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Death of Loved One, Gambling, Jeff, Medical Problem, Morphine, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Season 7

Discussion

7 Responses to “Episode 105: Greg”

  1. So is Gregg still clean today? How did he manage his pain without pain killers?

    Posted by Elease | July 15, 2014, 8:02 pm
    • Greg is clean of the illegal drugs , strong morphine , gambling and was treated for throat polyps . He is much better and works with real pain management to keep him the most comfortable with least amount of meds .
      He was a mess but got straightened out . I knew he would . Good man with a giant heart just got lost for a bit .

      Posted by marcy lily | August 6, 2014, 1:40 am
  2. Greg’s story is one of the best that I’ve EVER seen on Intervention. His plight had both me AND my husband crying. What an amazing, charismatic, family man with a heart of pure gold. Addiction can affect ANYONE. Addiction plays no favorites, discriminates against no one, and can creep into ANY family. It can attack your mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, you name it!!! It (much like the devil) comes to steal, kill and destroy. It will take away everything you’ve got. It will take your family, your friends, your house, your car, your job, your health, your pride, your goals, your dreams, your ambition, your motivation and finally, your will to live – and not necessarily in that order. For those that think that it will never happen to them or those that we love, beware. Nobody is immune. Everyone is susceptible. It might affect three generations in a row and then skip two…or four…or more. Although science has proven that many people are genetically predisposed, many addicts claim to have no family history of addiction. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, please call the Intervention staff, Intergroup (AA), NA, your local treatment center, your local health department, your local hospital, or just type “help for addiction” into your web browser. Good luck and positive thoughts being sent your way….

    Posted by Donna | January 10, 2015, 8:31 pm
  3. What a decent man Greg seems to be I can’t believe that he would have fallen for those scams! Over $600,000!

    Posted by kristy | May 30, 2015, 12:38 pm
  4. Wow, this episode was gnarly! I wasn’t surprised when we found out he was using meth and coke as well because if he was just on morphine I don’t think he would’ve acted the way he did. I think he wouldn’t have fallen for the scams like he did. In my experience, when people are tweaking they are a lot more prone to that kind of thing because you’re so up and wanting to “get rich quick” through stealing, scamming other/being scammed, etc. Being a heroin (opiate) addict once myself, I can tell you that you go numb and wouldn’t even be able to spend that much time (his son said 90% of his day) on the computer without nodding off, which we saw him do, but then he admitted in the intervention, “the stuff you guys are talking about is when I run out.” We later find out run out of uppers. It all made sense when the uppers came onto the scene. Also, from experience, I know uppers make my back pain (scoliosis and chipped vertebrae from car wreck) much much worse.

    Posted by Nicole | August 4, 2015, 4:05 am
  5. Knowing he’s clean and his bipolar condition was diagnosed and being treated, I sometimes go back to his segment just to hear his family’s singing.

    Posted by Renee Ford | July 17, 2016, 11:30 am
  6. Wonder how Greg is today. Great episode

    Posted by Flo | June 24, 2017, 8:39 pm

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