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Episode 163: Leon

Season 11, Episode 13 leon

Leon
Age: 25
Location: Fairfield, Connecticut
Addiction: PCP
What’s memorable: How his Russian parents sacrificed their livelihoods to come to the US so that their kids could achieve something, and how they forced the cello on him because of his natural talent, even though he was only doing it for them. What a beautiful singer his sister Ada is, and the EXTREMELY dysfunctional relationship with his girlfriend Ally. She’s obnoxious and shockingly co-dependent and actively tried to guilt him into NOT accepting the treatment.

Official Synopsis: Leon, a 25-year-old Russian-Jewish immigrant and former cello prodigy, smokes PCP to escape from the feelings of disappointment and failure that plague him. Both Terry and Leon have one last chance–an intervention.

Original Air Date: April 2012
Intervention: Candy

Categories: Candy, PCP, Season 11

Discussion

40 Responses to “Episode 163: Leon”

  1. Do you remember an episode with this bulimic guyhe was also a cutter & he like threw up in bags and would go running for hours??? Help?

    Posted by Slime | April 12, 2012, 5:11 am
    • The only bulimic guy I remember is Asa, but I don’t recall anything about him cutting or running. Are you sure that wasn’t on another show? Obsessed or Relapse maybe?

      Posted by Dizzy | April 12, 2012, 7:41 am
    • That was Andrew. There was an E! show called WHATS EATING YOU. He lived in NYC and was basically living in a closet. It was a really good show but they only did one season.

      Posted by Jamie | July 22, 2018, 6:23 pm
  2. or maybe Intervention Canada?  …though I don’t remember that one – We get both here and I get it mixed-up sometimes which show a particular episode was on, since being a Canadian spin-off of the same show, it’s got the exact same format, theme song, etc..

    Posted by Jen | May 31, 2012, 4:14 pm
  3. Oh ok. I’ve wanted to see Intervention Canada but there’s no way to view it anywhere when you live in the states.

    Posted by Dizzy | June 1, 2012, 8:24 am
  4. I met Leon in a detox facility I was in in march 2014 and unfortunately he is now addicted to heroin and completely estranged from his family. Very sad! Although I only knew him for five days we became pretty close, we were the only two people there in our 20s. He really has a good heart and although he gave me his info and phone number I never called him after leaving because he told
    Me he wasn’t staying clean and sells heroin, as much as I wanted to I couldn’t due to fear of me relapsing and now I lost his number

    Posted by Mike | March 23, 2015, 2:24 am
  5. Leon’s story was so compelling. I could see both his side of things and his parents’. I was so touched at the intervention when his dad got emotional and lapsed into speaking his native Russian. And his mom was such a badass, talking right in front of the girlfriend in Russian saying he could find another girl (hopefully a better one). I loved that. He was just waiting to be convinced to go, and it didn’t take all that much to get him to leave her. Seems like things haven’t been so smooth for him since then, and I sincerely hope things turn around for him. He sounds like a good guy.

    Posted by Kat R. | April 14, 2015, 5:09 pm
  6. After about 2 minutes of google searching I found a couple of articles about Ally and Leon detailing their arrests. Ally, herself, posted to an intervention Facebook page that she and Leon did not break up after the intervention. They were recently arrested and charged with larceny together for stealing Xbox games and he Leon was also arrested for stealing video games from another store with Ally’s brother. Ally was also arrested for selling heroin. Sadly, Leon has graduated from smoking pcp to shooting up heroin. A needle was found on him during an arrest which he admitted was for heroin.

    Posted by Andy | May 24, 2015, 7:58 pm
  7. Hope he makes it

    Posted by Oy | August 29, 2015, 2:35 pm
  8. He did it guys. Clean and healthy!

    Posted by Happy for him | November 30, 2015, 5:05 pm
  9. Found him on Facebook via the above article and looks like he made a comeback. He is alive and well- even back playing music and seems to have a great relationship with his sister. Way to go Leon!

    Posted by Sam | April 10, 2016, 8:16 pm
  10. Ally is now pregnant with Leons baby they are still together and always will be.

    Posted by Dude | June 26, 2016, 7:12 pm
    • Well even if shes pregnant, they’re def not “together” lol..Bc his pregnant girlfriends name is jackie not elephant. He is doing great and has his mind straight. Thanks for everyones concern

      Posted by TheRealDeal | August 9, 2016, 2:37 pm
    • Never will alli and Leon even speak again. She is not prego and I don’t care what is going on in her personal life as long as it doesn’t involve me at all . Fuck her dude , wasted so much time on that trash , sorry to myself and others

      Posted by Leonnnnnn | August 26, 2017, 3:27 am
  11. Leon’s facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/lpasternak1?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

    It looks like he has a child with one woman, and is expecting a child with another woman, neither one being Ally. He has gotten back into music since getting clean. It looks like he’s had some struggles with relapse.

    Ally’s facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/allycola

    Ally was arrested in 2015 for selling heroin. http://blog.ctnews.com/connecticutpostings/2015/03/12/trumbull-nanny-charged-with-selling-heroin/

    I admit it, I like sleuthing. Also, Leon’s sister’s song and voice were amazing!!

    Posted by Madeline | September 21, 2016, 2:10 pm
  12. Leon is now in Austin Texas at a rehab because he relapsed. With drugs because of his new gf Jackie them both are using still. It has nothing to do with Allie

    Posted by Dude | October 1, 2016, 11:36 am
  13. At least he’s still trying. Seems like he has a nice family

    Posted by Flo | December 4, 2016, 7:49 pm
  14. Oh man, Ally… I wish intervention would have considered offering her rehab for her mental health issues (codependency/insecurity).

    Posted by Andy | August 23, 2017, 2:51 pm
    • Ally is a bad person. She almost certainly has an antisocial personality disorder (i.e. a sociopath) with nonviolent and manipulative features. She didn’t love Leon…she only went with him because his addiction made him easy for her to control and manipulate. There are no treatment centres for people like that because severe antisocial or narcissistic personality disorders are almost impossible to treat. The personality disorder destroys their sense of fallibility and makes it impossible for the person to acknowledge and take ownership of their faults and mistakes. That’s also why addicts who have narcissistic or antisocial personality disorders on top of their addictions (e.g. Gamblin’ Gabe, Chad, Kaila, Amy the bulimic from Toronto, Nick from New Mexico, Ryan from Fresno among others) are so difficult to rehabilitate.

      I’m sure that Ally found another victim to dominate the day after Leon broke up with her.

      Posted by Janelle | September 10, 2017, 7:44 am
      • If I may, Amy P. strikes me as a case of Aspergers. Her “manipulation” (if you could even call it that) was basically screaming like a toddler. Nothing scary or brilliant. Also, her mannerisms were SO immature. Even her interests. I’m like 99% sure that, in the scene where she’s in a car, going to the hospital, she’s reading Harry Potter. She’s 24. That, and her aversion to change/stimming-type behavior, is what really truly sold me.

        Eating disorders are also common in female Aspies, wink wink. Everyone else, I agree with, though I always felt like Nick (New Mexico) was hiding something.

        Posted by Artemisia | April 18, 2018, 9:13 am
        • while i agree that she exhibited some traits that are often seen in people on the autism spectrum– the stimming sure would suggest it– two things of note: 1) people who struggle with severe eating disorders in their adolescence can miss crucial social development markers contributing to patterns of withdrawal/alienation from peer groups (and those obviously already go hand-in-hand with EDs), so it might be difficult to tease that out from an autism diagnosis until she is in long-term recovery 2) i am almost 33, not on the spectrum, and LOVE harry potter. HP is not just for adult Aspies! 😉

          Posted by Laura | April 18, 2018, 10:01 pm
  15. I’ve wanting to research this since I first saw the show and
    today finally found her.
    His siter Ada performs “Gone for Good”

    https://youtu.be/vs32WssVVb4

    Posted by Lhamo55 | August 25, 2017, 9:44 pm
  16. So I had the Leon episode recorded and notices it’s 28 minutes instead of the full hour. So I googled and realized his episode was with Terry D. Is there a reason Terry was taken off the showing?

    Posted by Nikki | August 29, 2017, 3:30 pm
    • I subscribed to that season on Amazon and that episode includes Terry’s segment. Total length of episode was 42 minutes. Terry’s episode may have been removed at a later point but content that’s been purchased usually isn’t removed from a buyer’s library.

      It may have been removed at the request of involved parties – I like to think some who have made successful new lives for themselves might not want to be haunted by a readily available record of their past.

      Posted by lhamo55 | August 29, 2017, 4:34 pm
      • I would hope they did a great job at staying sober and left all that in the past. I just thought it was weird that is was aired that way. Thanks for the reply!

        Posted by Nikki | August 29, 2017, 4:38 pm
  17. Leon’s episode touched me because I have a similar father. When you only get love via acheivements, it destroys you. I never heard “I Love you” unless I was national math champ, or swimming champion. Otherwise all criticism. I feel for you Leon, I hope you make it.

    Posted by Sandra | April 15, 2018, 8:52 am
  18. I’m glad he stayed away from Ally. That was so toxic listening to her say “you know what I do when you’re not around”. So unhealthy, especially when it was an opportunity for him to get healthy and therefor hopefully lengthen the time they would have been together. Hope he’s doing well

    Posted by Jake | May 30, 2018, 4:43 pm
  19. That’s really sad to see he has still been in and out of trouble. I wonder if his family have any bottom lines and have held them. Adding kids to the mix must make it harder for the family. I just watched this episode and when his dad said “be my best buddy Leon” I lost it. His girlfriend or ex girlfriend – she definitely needed some sort of help. To bring up possible sex and video games as a reason to not go to rehab was awful to watch as was the forcing herself to throw up scene. I can why she was not told about the intervention because she would have willingly ruined that for him. I wonder what her family though about it all though. I hope he gets clean eventually. It didn’t seen to me that he had the worst upbringing, so I goes to show drug addiction does not discriminate and it’s not always something that is brought on by trauma or horrific abuse. (I’m not saying his upbringing was without any issues and I know everyone’s problems are different)

    Posted by Jasmine | June 28, 2018, 1:12 am

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