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Episode 145: Larry

Season 10, Episode 5

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Larry
Age: 32
Location: East Orange, New Jersey
Addiction: Alcohol (Brandy)
What’s memorable: The fact that he beats his wife when he’s drunk, and she’s so in love with him and won’t ever leave him.  And that failed intervention was a doozy. Too bad everyone couldn’t have gotten on board.

Official Synopsis:
Growing up with parents who demanded hard work, Larry rebelled with a life of crime. Today, he drinks a fifth of brandy a day even though he’s a spiritual man whose religion prohibits alcohol. Can an intervention save Larry from being ostracized by his spiritual community?

Original Air Date: July 2011
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Alcohol, Childhood Physical Abuse, Jeff, Season 10

Discussion

16 Responses to “Episode 145: Larry”

  1. I hope Larry has gotten help. I was so sad he didn’t go and then the ending saying he’d be arrested. It breaks my heart. You’ve got to want to get clean though and he didn’t want it.

    Posted by t.toro | January 7, 2016, 3:15 pm
  2. any updates on Larry? i hope he is doing well

    Posted by jacinda godwin | April 5, 2016, 1:51 pm
    • Larry apparently has reduced his drinking according to an update. But when you’re alcoholic you can’t really reduce it to get better. You have to stop drinking. So he’s probably not doing good.

      Posted by Frank | October 29, 2016, 2:29 pm
    • Larry is in fact doing better because he is currently incarcerated and clean. His family feels he needed to hit rock bottom in order to come back victorious. His children are well and so is the rest of the family. Keep his sobriety in your prayers as alcoholism is a disease and we hope he’ll be released soon

      Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2017, 11:11 am
  3. The only likeable person in this episode was his sister. I absolutely hated his stepfather for his comments regarding him being a Muslim and claiming that it’s a religion all about rules (I would LOVE to have told him that Christianity is essentially the same, or at least it’s supposed to be) and his prideful remarks before bailing on the intervention.

    Posted by Stefan | May 10, 2018, 1:20 pm
    • Thank you for you compliment Stefan. Unfortunately the interventionist was a bad fit for my family and a bigot to say the least. With that, they edited hours of tape to 30 mins. Neverthless, it is what it is. If I could do this over, I would recommend the network consider the cultural and background of the family before picking anyone to address such personal and sensitive matters, which was very counterproductive.

      Posted by Chiquita | May 10, 2018, 2:16 pm
      • Oh no, I’m sorry to hear Jeff was a bad fit as well as bigoted. That’s terrible. I think you make a good point, there should be a larger pool of interventionists to choose from so they’re not sending in someone who can’t be sensitive to a family’s cultural background or beliefs. Maybe it would be better to at least have close family members meet with a few interventionists first then pick the one they think their loved one would respond to the best.

        Posted by Dizzy | May 10, 2018, 2:31 pm
        • That would be good Dizzy however that was not an option and we only met the interventionist 1 day before the actual intervention. So he did not get a chance to bond or build even an immediate rapport with my family. As a clinician myself this was not a good approach or move for either party. The interventionist nor the family.

          Posted by CHIQUITA | May 10, 2018, 2:37 pm
      • Yah as much as I love this show it definitely has a white slant to it. It’s too bad that Donna wasn’t available to be Larry’s interventionist. I’m pretty sure she would’ve handled it better.

        Posted by Stefan | May 10, 2018, 3:55 pm
  4. Jeff is an amazing interventionist and I don’t believe bigoted. The fact that Larry is a wife beater and chose not to get help has nothing to do with Jeff. Half of the family didn’t show up, he had no bottom lines given that would have mattered to him because his wife was still staying married to him and allowing this behaviour to go on. The fact that none of you called the police on him for beating his wife when there were children present is disgusting. We have seen time and time again the cycle of abuse and what it does to families. He was offered help that 100000’s of families apply for and half of the family couldn’t be bothered to try and help save his life.

    Posted by Jasmine | June 27, 2018, 12:18 am
    • You have a right to your opinion of course and yes he’s generally a good interventionist, but that doesn’t mean he dealt with this particular family in the sensitive way they may have needed, which possibly could have contributed to the failure of the intervention. If that’s what the person who was there is saying, I’m inclined to take her perspective seriously. She worked with Jeff for days and has insight that we don’t.

      Posted by Dizzy | June 28, 2018, 7:08 am

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