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Episode 159: Ivan

Season 11, Episode 6


Age: 28
Location: Paterson, New Jersey
Addiction: PCP
What’s memorable: The bad hip hop he makes when he’s high and how he thinks he’s doing it just fine. Also, his very sweet son and how much Ivan loves him.

Official Synopsis: Ivan was once a rising rap star who got caught up in the “thug life” and PCP addiction.

Original Air Date: February 2012
Interventionist: Rod

Categories: PCP, Rod, Season 11


22 Responses to “Episode 159: Ivan”

  1. I Hope he over came this addiction and found himself. Not what his mother expected of him ” to help her live better ” saddens me to see how much a mother can push and push their child to this. He is a talented man and if he didn’t make it he sure damn well tried and that’s all that should matter. He had gotten farther than Most

    Posted by Lisa | October 5, 2014, 12:23 am
  2. This is one of the episodes you’d best have the Kleenex ready for. When he embraces his little son at the end–and you can see the utter bliss in his face, I defy you to stay dry-eyed. Even when he was at his lowest, his inner goodness and kindness still shone through. I truly wish Ivan, his son and his mother some peace. His mother shouldn’t be judged too harshly–not until you’ve walked in the shoes of a minority, inner-city, unwed mother–who is only hoping to create a better life for her children than she herself had. God bless them, and I pray they’ve found happiness.

    Posted by Gregory Moore | April 14, 2015, 7:58 am
  3. I agree, Ivan is a sweetheart, and seems like he wanted to be a good dad to that sweet little boy. The last screen saying he relapsed was crushing. I hope he eventually found his way and got clean.

    Posted by Kat R. | April 14, 2015, 5:04 pm
  4. I just watched this episode and after seeing the last screen saying he relapsed really crushed my hope for him. He seemed like such a determined father and by what he said, he wanted to be the man in his sons life and to be a positive re model for. I pray that he finds the strength to leave the addiction and be there for his son in every way possible.

    Posted by Justine | July 24, 2015, 12:35 pm
  5. Ivan,

    Sitting here in MN and just watch your story. Something touch my heart and I was so hopeful you stay on the right path.

    I am 56, married, a dad of 3 and own a business. These are the joys in life ahead of you.

    Reach out to me if you ever want to talk to a stranger, not sure why but I want to help you.

    Posted by Dave | April 10, 2016, 5:13 pm
  6. Does anyone have any information if he got clean and stayed clean? My 12-year-old son saw his story and wanted to know if he got help because he worried about how his son is doing.

    Posted by Michelle | April 10, 2016, 7:03 pm
  7. Ivan! Your story touched my heart!! I saw that you relapsed, but I believe in you!! You are obviously a good man with an amazing heart for your son! Keep on trying Ivan!! You can do it!!

    Posted by Kathy Barry | April 11, 2016, 6:41 am
  8. Ivan,
    I,too,was so touched by your story. I really hope and pray that you find the strength to be free from the grips of your addiction. It’s never too late. Never give up hope, and never stop trying. Let your son be your inspiration.

    Posted by JenM | April 14, 2016, 3:52 am
  9. Ivan ,

    Hoping this reaches you I’m good health. I , too make music. I also struggle with alcoholism. Praying things are good. Despite relapses x keep trying. God bless.


    Posted by Gary Rue | May 20, 2016, 3:46 pm
  10. He seems to be ok on Facebook- Ivan Gonzalez (cypher supreme).

    Posted by Mutigerlily | June 3, 2016, 6:40 pm
  11. My wife and I just watched his intervention for the first time. Very curious to know if he’s sober? Any updates on him at all? Wishing the best for him and his family

    Posted by Robert Guillins | April 25, 2017, 10:36 pm
  12. Ivan is on Facebook.. he didnt know about this site until yesterday.. send him a msg *Ivan Gonzalez

    Posted by jacinda godwin | April 27, 2017, 1:47 pm
  13. I hope hes doin well.. He is TOOO DAMN BLAZIN to be doin that.. All my love

    Posted by Dani | April 27, 2017, 2:22 pm
  14. Ivan is someone that I have been wondering about since I have seen his episode. For his and his sons sake I hope that he is well and clean.

    Posted by Olivia | September 19, 2017, 12:37 pm
  15. Such a handsome and talented man. He has so much to look forward to ask himself “what he wants” his life is to precious to waist along with his family most important his son. I hope all is well and he straightened up for a successful life. All my love

    Posted by Daniela garza | January 23, 2018, 6:12 am
  16. Best wishes to Ivan. I thought he was so fine!

    Posted by Raeconda McDavid | March 2, 2018, 2:37 pm
  17. According to Facebook, Ivan is clean and sober and he married Nette this April. They look like they have a beautiful family and even though they have suffered a tragedy in the past couple of years, they look like a strong family unit. I am glad to see this and wish Ivan and his family all the best!

    Posted by Jasmine | June 25, 2018, 11:26 pm
  18. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000688905291

    Ivan’s Facebook, looks like he is doing much better

    Posted by Sky | December 29, 2019, 12:31 am
  19. Yes ivan is
    doing good. I
    was dating him for a while
    and we was on intervention together.
    We keep in touch no matter what. He’s doing so
    much better in a different state.

    Posted by Halimah muhammad | July 3, 2020, 10:36 am

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