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Episode 189: Daniel

Season 14, Episode5


Age: 29
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Addiction:  Alcohol, some meth
What’s memorable: This kid had a rough life, no surprise he drinks too much. But wow does he drink too much. And the way he gets when he’s drunk: self-absorbed, messy, emotional, intimidating, dominant.  I’ve known a lot of people who get like this when they’re drunk and they’re incredibly difficult to be around if you’re not just as drunk as they are. Which brings us to his relationship with his girlfriend Sarrah. He says “I’d give up my whole family for Sarrah” but their connection is probably based more on a shared love of drinking than anything else. (I’ve been in several eerily similar drunken relationships. They were intense and unhealthy and entirely dependent on alcohol to survive. They never ended well).  I don’t recall if they show said she got sober too but I really hope so. I love what Daniel said after he accepted treatment: “How am I gonna turn all these people down? Everyone I love?”  Seems like that’s the reason why a lot of the addicts on this show accept the treatment. Intervention works, dammit!

Synopsis: Daniel could have pursued a career as a songwriter, but a series of personal tragedies culminating in his father’s death led him to abuse a dangerous combination of alcohol and meth. Recently Daneil resumed a romantic relationship with Sarrah, a fellow addict who supplies Daniel with alcohol, and their booze-fuled nights escalate his already serious addiciton to deadly lows.
Original Air Date: April 2015
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Alcohol, Candy, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Death of Loved One, Rape, Season 14, Traumatic Incident


19 Responses to “Episode 189: Daniel”

  1. Daniel was such a sweet soul under all the chemical abuse, but meow did the show fly through his childhood. They just breezed through the facts that he was raped and took care of his dying dad only to never mention it again. It took two watchings of this episode to figure out who all the siblings were. They did share that the girlfriend was practicing sobriety also. While I wish him all the best, and so hope he stays clean, he reminded me so much of Dillon in his Skype call. He didn’t smile once. I genuinely hope it was the editing. Candy is awesome as always.

    Posted by Sara | April 20, 2015, 7:13 pm
    • I thought the same thing, he looked unhappy in the follow up 🙁 but then I thought maybe that was him just being on an even keel and not a hot emotional mess like he was when he was drunk. Let’s hope he is truly happy now. You can tell he has such a sweet, caretaking spirit.

      Posted by Kat R. | April 20, 2015, 7:21 pm
  2. Does anyone know for how long he’s been sober? The recording cut off the very end and I really liked Daniel and his family. Wish him all the best, hope he’s holding strong.

    Posted by Katie | April 23, 2015, 11:19 pm
    • I think that it said April 8, 2015 after his relapse. Daniel broke my heart… Especially as he cried and said, “I just wanna be good.” I wish that I could reach out to him somehow.

      Posted by Samantha | April 24, 2015, 8:40 pm
  3. He’s a good kid who has had a hard life. I hope that things will work out for him.

    Posted by Jimmie | June 21, 2015, 3:51 am
  4. i really liked Daniel , one of my favorite “addicts” . He was such a sweetie , hope all is well with you Daniel. Please

    Posted by Tatiana | January 21, 2016, 4:03 pm
  5. i really liked Daniel , one of my favorite “addicts” . He was such a sweetie , hope all is well with you Daniel. Please be safe

    Posted by Tatiana | January 21, 2016, 4:04 pm
  6. Daniel was so kind hearted for the most part. It did break my heart to see him suffer so much and Sarah enabling him and him enabling her. So sad. I hope he’s sober now

    Posted by Jenny | December 11, 2016, 5:51 pm
  7. It doesn’t look like things turned out too well for Daniel:


    Posted by Seth | June 3, 2017, 9:57 am
  8. And he’s currently in prison as well for some pretty serious charges:


    Posted by Seth | June 3, 2017, 10:25 am
  9. It’s such a shame to see a handsome guy tear himself apart. I grew up in omaha, i know the drugs are easily accessible. Council bluffs is a gold mine for hard drug dealers. My mother has been addicted to drugs since i can remember, and i still have nightmares of the night she lost custody of me and went to jail. She went to prison twice, and sometimes the drug is stronger. She’s now not only addicted to drugs, but alcohol as well. It was ground shaking to see that episode from florida and see the Woodmen tower and the downtown park. Not to mention multiple businesses i recognize from living in an area not too far from where he was.

    Message to Daniel for whoever can speak to him, just because you fall down, does not mean you can’t get back up again. When they say change your places and your faces, it’s true. It helps more than you know. But the main thing is to surround yourself by supportive people. I have plenty of friends in the music biz there in omaha. And i know the crowd. It’s hard to stay away from the addiction when that’s how the crowd parties. Take jail time as another chance, and get the hell out of Douglas County if that’s what you may think is causing you to run back. Stay away from Sarpy, dodge, pottowatamie, etc. I can see you have a heart, you have a lot of love. You can beat this. In knowing that you will help your family heal by healing yourself, use that as your stronghold. As you said in the episode, you get happiness from helping others. Help your family and loved ones to heal. Take care of yourself and stay strong. Embrace that great heart you have, the talent you have, focus on it and put energy out there. You deserve this for yourself to find peace. ❤ this episode literally hit home because omaha is my hometown. No matter where i go i have husker pride.

    Posted by Rae | August 7, 2017, 11:21 pm
  10. If anyone knows how to write to or call Daniel please Help me out. I know him from when he first drifted to Colorado and he gave me his grassroots hat to hike part of the Appalachian Trail. I am currently working on my sobriety and I would really like to reach out to him. He is a wonderful person.

    Posted by Andrea | November 18, 2017, 11:50 am
    • it looks like his release date is currently set for the 25th of this month, according to one of the links above. obviously, i don’t know any of his plans for after prison or if he has family to go to, but that’s where he’ll be until then.

      Posted by Cookie | May 20, 2018, 11:32 pm
  11. I’ve known Danny for along time, I don’t really know him now but I knew him at about age 17. And his heart is the same as it was then, without all the alcohol. This guy is such a great person. I watched this episode not knowing it was even him, I about fell off my couch. It was really emotional for me. And it pulled at my heart strings in a big way. I hope the best for you Danny. After jail, it’s an opportunity to start new beginnings. So grab hold and never look back. I’ll be rooting for you Old friend.

    Posted by Kelsey | February 5, 2018, 9:08 am
  12. I have watched just about every intervention there is and Daniel absolutely pulled my heart strings. Funny that my Brothers name is Daniel. Perhaps it is because both possess such a pure soul.I wish Daniel the best of luck with his sobriety.I cant imagine the struggle to fight the daily battle of addiction that so many have lost their lives to. May God bless him. He will be in my prayers.

    Posted by Gia | June 10, 2018, 5:30 pm

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