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Episode 79: Anthony

Season 5 Episode 9

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Anthony
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

Discussion

67 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 just watched this episode of Invention. I believe i live very close to where Anthony was at the time this episode was made. He/They are referencing places very close to me. Maybe that is why this story is resonating with me. I wish there was some way to help. I wish we knew how he was doing. He was in a very bad way when this aired in 2009. I can’t believe he is still alive.

    Posted by Nancy | October 23, 2019, 4:44 pm
  20. I really wish there were updates on Anthony

    Posted by Beth | October 24, 2019, 12:51 pm
  21. It looks like Anthony’s mother, Linda passed away earlier this week. Here is her obituary.
    https://www.santeiufuneralhome.com/obituary/linda-estes-nee-fracassa
    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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
    • Drinking hand sanitizer is insanely more common than you think. I spent 4 weeks in a detox center to taper off valium and I noticed all the hand sanitizer units were quite small. I asked a nurse about it and she said too many alcoholics who were coming in would drink the stuff, so they top up these tiny dispensers a dozen times a day.

      Apparently it’s so common that some manufacturers are creating methanol hand sanitizers that addiction/mental health places are snapping up, as drinking it makes you go f#cking blind. And some still run the gauntlet and drink it knowing it can send them blind or kill them. It’s insane the lengths full blown alcoholics will go to for a ‘drink’.

      Posted by Ashley | June 11, 2020, 12:59 am
  25. I wish I knew what happened to him. Just watched the show again.

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

    Posted by rb | January 6, 2020, 10:42 am
  27. 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
  28. Where is he today? Hope he’s ok.

    Posted by Emma | March 14, 2020, 12:09 am
  29. yes i liked Anthony but I feel he was too enamored by the attention he was getting thru his illness. Felt there was probably a little immaturity there, which isnt surprising, considering he is a kid. Definitely smart and even good looking if he lets himself be, got a lot going for him. Obv not a lot of self worth, which again isnt surprising after having that bastard says those things to him as a forming soul. Think he could beat it. Do got to say though Ive never seen anyone drink like that. He has to feel like utter crap 80% of the time.

    Posted by Mark Rice | April 7, 2020, 2:46 am
  30. I started to watch Intervention today and, damn, anthony’s episode made me cry so bad. Now i’m in here in tears searching and revolving the web in hope to find out that he is doing fine now, that he achieved all the success in life he deserves so fucking much.
    Damn, even dealing with all that hopeless misery, Anthony still showed himself such a sweet, smart, big hearted and creative kid. His words soaked with love and sorrow when talked about his brother shattered my heart.
    His so fucking talented and kinda rebellious way to express himself drawing, that subtle poetry spontaneously put in his words… the bittersweet way he expressed himself like he had behind his eyes an angry animal, so upset and furious about the unfair game life left him to play. All of that touched and impressed me.
    Even with the scarcity of tools to develop himself, he showed an intelligence and ability with the words so above average.
    I read above Lex’s comment about open a GoFundMe for him, I super would contribute and im also sure others would too
    Anthony, wherever you are, keep in mind that your soul is pure fine art. Dont let it perish.
    If anyone get any news about him, please comment. I activated the notifications.

    Posted by camilla | April 20, 2020, 4:20 pm
  31. God, i hope he is doing fine. Such a smart guy.

    Posted by illana | April 25, 2020, 8:53 am
  32. why the fuck did they FUCKING LET him drink hand sanitizer?
    it was irresponsible and disrespectful by the teamthat was filming.
    they should just interfere and stop him. God, he could had poison himself and they were just filming him instead of stop him.

    Posted by illana | April 25, 2020, 10:51 am
    • No kidding. It’s like on Laney’s episode where they let her attempt suicide.

      Posted by Stefan | April 25, 2020, 5:15 pm
    • I’m pretty sure both parties (the addict/family and production team) sign off on a contractual agreement that the crew are there to document their daily lives and neither party can interfere with the other.

      It might seem rough to let him drink hand sanitizer, but he no doubt has done that plenty of times before and would have done it if the camera crew wasn’t there anyway. If the camera crew step in for this, where do they stop? Shouldn’t they stop the heroin addict who’s about to shoot her 5th consecutive bag and is already near unconsciousness?

      The camera crew aren’t there to support or assist the addict. Just document as mutually agreed.

      If anything, it’s exploitative…but that makes the viewer guilty of exploiting them too by watching their product.

      Posted by Ashley | June 11, 2020, 12:48 am
      • I absolutely agree with Ashley on this one. Hand sanitizer has been featured in several episodes, and is just as potentially dangerous as anyone using fentanyl on the show. The camera people are there to document, and the producer assigned to the addict is the one who checks on them, stops them from driving intoxicated, calls for medical support if needed, etc.

        Posted by Rob | July 25, 2020, 2:05 pm
    • I agree that was so fucked up! They recording it and letting him do like no one was watching! Really bad!

      Posted by Ana | August 31, 2020, 10:03 pm
  33. Anthony is an amazing, wonderful, creative human being that absolutely deserves to be happy.
    I do hope he finds it.

    Posted by Miranda | April 27, 2020, 2:36 pm
  34. Humans are very fragile and the lack of love at a verly age can mess us up so badly. It’s so sad that he feels like he’s been cursed and that he ”likes to be hit”.

    Posted by Marie-Claire Pinet | May 17, 2020, 10:11 pm
  35. He’s on Facebook, obviously healthy and thriving.

    Posted by Ren | May 20, 2020, 6:20 am
    • Looks like him and his girlfriend looks like Nicole

      Posted by CJ | June 11, 2020, 4:37 am
    • i wish it was, but im 90% sure that this Anthony is not the same Anthony and 100% sure that girl is not the same Nicole.

      Posted by Camilla | June 14, 2020, 4:46 pm
    • Doesn’t look like him at all. I wish the folks on the show had their own website or even came here and let us know how they are doing. They don’t have to share their FB/IG but just an update and photo. It makes me super sad when no one can find them on social media or on the net, usually doesn’t mean anything good.

      Posted by Junkielove | August 12, 2020, 3:57 pm
  36. https://www.facebook.com/RobertFracassa

    Heres his uncles FB. I have watched this a few times since i got hooked on the show in 2016. I really do hope hes doing ok especially after his mam has passed

    Posted by Mikey | July 1, 2020, 3:23 pm
  37. Hey all, Andrews story hit me like a ton of bricks. The pain ooozed from, I couldn’t help but cry throughout he’s episode. He was the first person I came here too look for an update. It broke my heart not seeing one, so I went on a mission to see if I could find him or contact someone close to him. I sent a Hail Mary email to someone close to him and after a few nail biting days he got back to me. Granted it was a very short and sweet email, he said 3 amazing words.. “he’s doing great”. I was so relieved to hear that. I wish I knew more but I don’t want to pry into this guys life. After all I’m a complete stranger.

    Posted by Junkielove | August 12, 2020, 3:54 pm
    • Thanks for providing this info about Anthony.

      I’m just a stranger too but his ep haunted me, it was gut wrenching, he seemed like such a kind and sensitive soul who was in an incredible amount of pain. You could see that his family and friends cared for him deeply and he was unable to feel any of that love. Heartbreaking.

      I check back here once or twice a year for updates so I’m so happy to hear he is doing well. Addiction is terrifying And anyone who can extricate themselves from its grip is incredible. Hope he lives a long and happy life.

      Posted by Ali.M | August 19, 2020, 5:15 pm
  38. I went to elementary and high school with Anthony. He was a grade older than me, and we were in different social circles. I was friends with his sister in elementary school when their little brother got sick. He was such a cute little kid. I didn’t know the dad hit the mom. Both him and his sister were extremely quiet. He was always really good at art, and I had a few art classes with him. He and his friends were definitely too cool for me, haha. Some people in his clique very openly drank during school hours. The girl is the video was very friendly to everyone.

    His story is pretty common for my hometown. I’d need a few more hands to count the suicides and overdoses for my classmates. I hope he’s doing well and still drawing. The pictures of his artwork they showed didn’t display half his talent. He is significantly more talented than that.

    Posted by Artkid | August 16, 2020, 5:06 am
  39. Hi all..
    I have just had an update from Anthony’s uncle..
    Anthony is alive,he his doing really well especially this year.

    Posted by Lindsey | August 30, 2020, 4:36 am
    • That’s so good to hear!! I think about this episode often. Thanks for the update. Everyone on this site deeply cares for the addicts featured.

      Posted by Xlio | August 31, 2020, 12:36 pm
    • Do you know how to get in contact. Successful punk about his age from Canada who would love to chat.

      Posted by Jesse | September 9, 2020, 11:28 pm
    • I’m so happy to know that <3
      I found uncle dave, nicole and uncle Robert's facebook, but did not have the guts to get in contact.
      By the fact that Anthony himself is almost impossible to get in contact directly, i concluded he just didn't want to be found (by strangers and stuff). So i gave up.
      I'm glad someone made contact (thank you!) And I'm happy he is doing fine. He showed himself such a smart guy. Pretty sure he can find his way to a successfully life, If staying sober.

      Posted by Camilla | September 22, 2020, 3:06 pm
  40. Almost gave up trying to find updates on Anthony, my heart sank at the end of his episode when it said he’d relapsed but it’s so good to hear he’s doing well!! His story really stuck with me

    Posted by Laura | September 2, 2020, 2:41 pm

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