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Episode 69: Phillip

Season 4, Episode 21

Phillip
Age: 44
Location:  Southern California
Addiction: Alcohol (Peppermint Schnapps)

What’s memorable:  How much potential he had in the music industry before he started drinking, the sad but loving he has relationship with his daughter, how much he shakes when he needs to drink, the fact that he’s drinking Peppermint Schnapps. And that amazing followup. He looked so good!

Official Synopsis: A 44-year-old singer and songwriter, Phillip used music to escape the pain of an unstable childhood. He gained fame due to his charisma and musical talents, but Phillip now consumes up to four pints of peppermint schnapps a day. He lost his career, the love of his life, and the respect of his family. Can Phillip break the grip of addiction before he loses the most precious relationship in his life, the one he shares with his 11-year-old daughter?

Original Air Date: August 2008
Interventionist:  Jeff

Categories: Alcohol, Childhood Physical Abuse, Jeff, Season 4

Discussion

4 Responses to “Episode 69: Phillip”

  1. I can’t remember much about this episode, but what stands out today, many years after having seen it, is at the very end when his treatment counselor says something to the effect of “Philip didn’t just go through the motions to get sober, he embraced sobriety.” When an addict becomes that committed to sobriety the odds of relapse go way down. I’d put him in the same category as Sylvia and Hubert.

    Posted by Janelle | September 6, 2017, 3:01 pm
  2. He was in southern cali

    Posted by Nick | September 7, 2017, 5:04 am
  3. Any updates on phillip

    Posted by Chicky | October 6, 2017, 5:24 am
  4. I’m surprised this episode only has a few comments so far. It is one of the most memorable episodes for me. It really touched me because Phillip reminded me on my alcoholic dad. The family’s intervention made me bawl my eyes out more than any other episode. What a beautiful loving family! I’m so pleased that he was doing great in his update. He physically looked 10 years younger and his demeanor was like a completely different person. His face is lit up and filled with hope. Any news about him since then?

    Posted by Hector | November 11, 2017, 11:35 pm

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