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Episode 173: Ryan

Ryan

Ryan
Age: 25
Location: Saugerties, New York
Addiction: Alcohol (beer)
What’s memorable: Damn. Now THAT’S an Intervention. Memorable stuff in Ryan’s story – being disabled, his good deeds, his terribly low sense of self-worth, his pregnant fiance getting arrested during his fight – but that Intervention, that he found out about and STILL went to, willingly (although fully prepared to say no thanks), was just awesome. You could just see him slowly realizing that they were right and he desperately needed help. The stuff his parents said obviously had a huge impact, and the fact that the fiancee who was pissed about the whole thing actually came around and ultimately convinced him to go – it was all just incredibly powerful and amazing. And that followup, sheesh.  Glad I had tissues.

Official Synopsis: Ryan, 25, is a sweet, sensitive man whose alcohol addiction is spiraling out of control as he and his fiance are expecting their first child in a matter of months.
Original Air Date: October 2012
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Alcohol, Candy, Medical Problem, Most Powerful Episodes, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Most Uplifting Episodes, Season 12

Discussion

18 Responses to “Episode 173: Ryan”

  1. Ryan and his friends partying at his house and then getting into a fist fight is perhaps the single most disturbing Intervention scene ever. The very end part where his pregnant fiance gets cuffed and then they cut to Ryan staring belligerently out the window … wow. Something about that shot sent shivers up and down my spine. The utter insanity of the situation is something I could unfortunately identify with, as my friends and I had many a similar night before I got sober more than 15 years ago.

    Posted by William Foote | November 13, 2012, 12:43 pm
  2. I’d like to reach out to Ryan to let him know about the American Nystagmus Network. believe Ryan has Nystagmus and we’d love to hear from him and for him to share his story with our membership. We can be reached at Nystagmus.org or on Facebook.

    Posted by Jim | July 12, 2013, 5:08 am
  3. I’m so glad I found this post! I just watched Ryan’s story. Immediately I could tell that he was a wonderful person. I’m disabled and I could certainly understand some of his pain. I thought as I watched the episode, ‘he needs to discover disability rights and learn that he is not a bad person.’ He certainly reminded me of some of the kind hearted and wonderful young legally blind men I know. I was so happy to see that he began to teach disabled children at the end of the episode, once he’d recovered. It certainly made me cry when he got sober. What an amazing transformation.

    Posted by Kate Corbett Pollack | December 8, 2014, 7:53 pm
  4. I have to say im so proud of a person whom can overcome addiction despite all the struggles he has endored. I come from a family where addiction runs through and my uncle died from his addiction, dont let it ruin your family stay strong especially for your child and wife, you have people who love you.

    Posted by annie | December 27, 2014, 7:18 pm
  5. That fight though. ryans friend obviously wasnt about to look dumb on camera, but it kinda wasnt fair because ryan is legally blind.. i cant imagine how his vision was drunk. and im definitely not anti-police but those cops were ridiculous for arresting a pregnant girl.

    Posted by Jeanine | December 30, 2014, 10:49 pm
  6. I just watched an episode of Iyanla, Fix My Life which featured his family. However, Ryan refused to participate on the show. No word on how he is doing.

    Posted by Lisa | February 16, 2015, 10:34 am
    • Just curious, what was Iyanla helping the family with? (I don’t watch the show)

      Posted by Ash | August 22, 2015, 4:10 pm
      • the father has had anger issues for years, the mother has taken off her wedding ring and moved out of the marital bed, two of the daughters were sexually abused when they were younger and the father refused to deal with it.

        Posted by beelove | December 7, 2015, 3:07 pm
  7. Wow. Watching the laughably incompetent cops on scene drag away the pregnant woman pissed me off super bad.

    I’ve had a number of buddies like Ryan – fun, post-Jackass, good ole boys… Also mostly drunk. I liked this dude, although I was stunned when his fiancee was dragged away by the cops instead of him. What a giant miscarriage of justice.

    I hope he’s found some humility and responsibility. I truly feel that those were the essential components missing that precluded his recovery. Some of that comes with maturity, but maturity stops when the addict starts using and doesn’t begin again until they get clean soooo…

    Good Luck, Ryan!

    Posted by Tony | July 3, 2015, 7:56 am
  8. Any further updates on Ryan? Just watched his episode, gosh what a tear jerker. I hope he and his family are well!

    Posted by Jordy | January 1, 2016, 10:42 pm
  9. Major props to Ryan’s dad, who stepped up in a big way during the intervention. He knew exactly what Ryan needed to hear from him, and he delivered above and beyond it. I was gutted.

    Posted by Brandon | March 19, 2016, 10:30 pm
  10. Sadly, Ryan is not currently sober. He is living in Asheville. He went out on a date with a friend, and she said he’s in bad shape. Drunk when he arrived, and continued to drink through the evening. He needs help!

    Posted by Cindy | January 18, 2017, 4:53 pm
  11. I just saw this episode. They shouldn’t have arrested his fiancee, but she shouldn’t have pushed him in the chest like that in front of the police officer. (The correct response would have been to say, “Hey, I get you’re upset, but that’s technically assault. Don’t do that again.” Putting her in cuffs when she was the one trying to deflect the situation wasn’t the best response.)

    He was dealt such a hard lot in life and I am so glad it turned out so well for him.

    Posted by Caitlin | January 23, 2017, 9:03 am
  12. I just watched the episode of Ryan. Everyone seems to be pissed about the police officer arresting the friend and the girlfriend, but I believe they should have arrested Ryan as well. He started the damn fight in the first place! He is definitely an instigator!

    Posted by Sherry | February 3, 2017, 5:25 pm
  13. I just watched Ryans story (i know im late) wow I cried like crazy. His family loves him so much, hes a great guy. I see one of the previous post Say hes drinking again which breaks my heart. I’m assuming him and Shannon arent together since he was going out on a date. Treatment for this disease is really one day at a time. Ive seen people with 10, 15 and 20 years pick up a drink.Ryan when you’re ready for help reach out to me

    Posted by Natasha | August 6, 2017, 5:28 pm

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