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Episode 79: Anthony

Season 5 Episode 9


Age: 22
Location: Wayne County, Indiana
Addiction: Alcohol (vodka)
What’s memorable: “It’s a sick love affair and I’m a hopeless romantic.” – Anthony. Oh, Anthony. Such a sad lost soul. His alcoholism is so advanced for his age, he’s been hospitalized 12 times in 3 months for alcohol poisoning. And what a mess he is when he’s drunk. He’s got a very sad and tragic story, never feeling welcome in his own family and losing his brother after taking care of him and even donating his bone marrow. The followup is uplifting, really hope it took.

Official Synopsis:
From an early age, Anthony’s father made him feel worthless. His parents divorced, and his mother remarried, but she was still unhappy and turned to alcohol and drugs. It was little wonder, then, that Anthony began drinking at age 13. Another blow came when Anthony’s younger brother died of leukemia. Anthony spiraled downward, and now he drinks half a gallon of vodka a day and takes whatever drugs he can find.

Original Air Date: January 2009
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Addicted Parent, Alcohol, Childhood Violence, Death of Loved One, Ken, Season 5


33 Responses to “Episode 79: Anthony”

  1. Anthony is not from Wayne county Indiana, He’s from Michigan. I wonder how he’s doing nowadays…

    Posted by Lena | October 31, 2013, 12:25 pm
  2. He was indeed from Michigan… I think about this guy a lot, we were from the same punk scene and I always wonder how he’s doing. Any updates would be greatly appreciated!

    Posted by spooky | August 2, 2014, 12:30 am
  3. How is he doing now? I wish a benefactor would pay for him to go to art college.

    Posted by Holly | February 27, 2015, 11:09 pm
  4. So very, very sad what Anthony had been through and to see where he ended up. I was amazed and touched by his group of friends. Hope he is well today. Even at his lowest you could still see what an intelligent and compassionate guy he is.

    Posted by Kat | February 28, 2015, 10:44 pm
  5. I can’t forget Anthony. It is a miracle he is alive. I hope he is in remission from self numbing and destruction….his soul needs to shine for us in this life.

    Posted by Pb | August 31, 2015, 7:36 pm
  6. This episode is so, so, so hard for me to watch. Anthony looks so much like my ex husband, acts like him, and is into the same punk scene as him. They even cry that soul crushing the exact same way. My ex still struggles with drugs and alcohol and it hurts my heart that I can’t help him and had to leave him because of it.

    I really hope Anthony is okay and doing better. Such a wonderful soul.

    Posted by Jess | September 13, 2015, 12:03 pm
  7. I truly hope Anthony found himself!! He is a great kid, smart, big heart. He deserves better than what he got, I hope he realized/realizes this and chased his dreams.

    Posted by Sarah T. | October 19, 2015, 5:00 pm
  8. Anthony! He deserved so much better in life. I hate the way alcohol takes everything away from smart capable people. He experienced the saddest loss I can think of, losing a sibling. If you’re reading this, my mom has been an alcoholic for 20 years, she lost her twin sister. If you ever read this, please continue to be strong Anthony,I’m a complete stranger but your story resonated with me and I don’t even know you but I care very deeply for your well being.

    Posted by Erika Q. | April 3, 2016, 11:42 am
  9. I felt Really bad for him he was in hell. He was young when the episode aired and he just seemed to be lost and overwelmed emotionally but I had a feeling that maybe as he grew up a bit he would find himself he seemed to be a really smart guy. I really hope so but I can’t find any updates on him anywhere.

    Posted by kristy | April 3, 2016, 7:08 pm
  10. I wish depressed people didnt drink alcohol. It makes some other drug addictions seem like a picnic by comparison. I have lost more friends that only made it to 30 from alcohol, which like drug abuse, is an epidemic in Alaska, where I am from. I think it’s due to the cold and darkness of the winters in the north, and the isolation it causes.

    Posted by jon | February 9, 2017, 7:13 am
  11. Any updates on Anthony

    Posted by Flo | May 19, 2017, 4:28 pm
  12. If Anthony or anyone who knows him who is reading this, this is one of the more relatable episodes for me. I went nearly 100k in medical debt when putting my brother through stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma and I became an alcoholic at that point in my life too. He didn’t die though, that was my only saving grace. But I almost died from drinking, even with a good outcome. I know it’s not the same, but I understand your pain Anthony and hope you’ve finally experienced some sort of happiness and peace.

    Posted by Rinna | August 24, 2017, 8:44 am
  13. How is he doing

    Posted by Flo | September 28, 2017, 9:57 am
  14. Any updates on this guy? He broke my heart. Such an amazing group of friends, great uncle, and adorable grandma. With all of that support I think he may have had a fighting chance.

    Posted by Nickel | March 27, 2018, 11:08 am
  15. sloppiest drunk episode. Awful.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 11, 2018, 11:37 am
  16. The show has said that over 30 people from this show has now died, with how bad his liver was I can only assume he is one of them 🙁 RIP

    Posted by mamansexprime | September 19, 2019, 11:06 pm
  17. Please does anyone know how to contact him?

    Posted by Isa | October 11, 2019, 9:16 am
  18. I would be open to starting a GoFundMe for Anthony to get him back on his feet and I’m sure others would too. He seems so genuinely sweet and I don’t even know him but I do know he can overcome this. I overcame addiction and homelessness, it’s been 6 years clean and the best years of my life. I wish the same for him.
    It’s really too bad that there’s no updates anywhere about him.

    Posted by Lex | October 22, 2019, 10:08 pm
  19. I really wish there were updates on Anthony

    Posted by Beth | October 24, 2019, 12:51 pm
  20. It looks like Anthony’s mother, Linda passed away earlier this week. Here is her obituary.
    Anthony doesn’t seem to be anywhere on social media. I can only hope he’s well and happy. I went through a similar childhood, and think about him often.

    Posted by Tazz | October 26, 2019, 1:44 am
  21. He is such a sweet sweet soul. I am genuinely heartbroken. I really really hope he has seen the light somehow. I wish there were updates on him. I felt his pain.

    Posted by MJ Calvo | December 9, 2019, 8:49 pm
  22. I’m currently studying to be a counselor and undertaking my placement at a drug and alcohol charity, I very much felt, Anthony would be a dream client, so insightful and so creative. Where ever you are Anthony I very much hope one day you realise the sublime potential you behold. Sarah from Great Britain

    Posted by sarah | December 19, 2019, 12:37 pm
  23. Does anyone know how he’s doing? Hope he managed to get well. I have never met anyone so addicted they would drunk hand sanitizer. I hope he overcame his addiction and if he did he would be a really good at helping others.

    Posted by Dianne | December 28, 2019, 6:44 am
  24. I wish I knew what happened to him. Just watched the show again.

    Posted by Bev Phillips | January 2, 2020, 6:34 pm
  25. I just watched his episode, and I really want to know how he‘s doing 🙁

    Posted by rb | January 6, 2020, 10:42 am
  26. I just watched it again and searched to see how he’s doing. Searched the Internet, hence why I’m here and leaving this message. I sure hope he overcame his addiction and is alive and well out there. Just broke my heart. I know after 16 years of going through my eldest daughters addiction. Thankfully she’s currently over 2 years sober. Never give up.

    Posted by Rona Walstra | January 7, 2020, 8:26 pm
  27. Where is he today? Hope he’s ok.

    Posted by Emma | March 14, 2020, 12:09 am

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