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Episode 124: Dionicio

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Dionicio
Age: 30’s
Location: El Centro, California
Addiction: Heroin
What’s memorable: What a great dad he is, other than the whole heroin addict thing. “I love my family to death, it just seems that heroin comes first, above all.” He shoots up before seeing his little boys because he’d rather be high around them than not see them at all. I don’t think he knows that his boys know exactly what’s going on. Ugh. Sad.

Official Synopsis: Growing up with an abusive mother, Dionicio turned to crime and drugs as a teen. He became a father, but couldn’t handle the pressure of providing for a family. Now he spends his time panhandling and shooting heroin.
Original Air Date: August 2010

Categories: Childhood Physical Abuse, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Heroin, Season 8

Discussion

2 Responses to “Episode 124: Dionicio”

  1. I really felt Dionicio’s pain in this episode. He seems like a really good hearted person, but his heart is broken. He has done horrible things to his wife because that’s what was done to him. He doesn’t think he deserves her and resents that fact, I’m guessing. I know the feeling. I’ve been there. I grew up in an abusive family and have been sexually abused and raped. When good people are nice to me it makes me confused bc I don’t feel like I deserve their kindness or love. I really just want to give him a hug! A lot of the time I feel like the “experts” at the treatment centers are wrong when they give a little synopsis of the person as they enter treatment. But this time I think the guy was right. I think he’s dealing with a lot of shame and guilt. It was very poignant to me when he said after all the pain he has put his wife through, he wishes he never met her. I know what a beast heroin can be as well. It’s hard to quit, especially after 16 years! I’d love to know how he’s doing today.

    Posted by Lindsey | January 8, 2016, 8:15 am
  2. Dionicio seemed like a great guy that had a difficult life and horrible addiction that he just couldn’t stop. I hope he and his family are doing well!

    Posted by BobbyB | August 16, 2016, 11:36 pm

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