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Episode 72: Mike

Season 5, Episode 12


Age: 67
Location: Utah
Addiction:  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

(Guest Post by Stefan) What’s Memorable: Until I saw this episode, I did not realize how severe the condition could become, to the point of literal hospitalization/institutionalization. Also, the fact that he wouldn’t touch his children and grandchildren out of fear of “contaminating” them is heartbreaking.

Update: Mike passed away on September 7, 2010. The cause of death was not made public.

Official Synopsis:  Mike, 67, was a police sergeant, avid outdoorsman and respected citizen. After he was injured while apprehending an addict, signs of Mike’s obsessive-compulsive disorder started to emerge. His fear of germs caused him to wash his hands over 40 times a day. The problem forced him to retire early and his wife divorced him. He was able to keep his OCD under control for eight years, but a relapse caused him to think his food was spoiled and almost starve. Mike’s children feel an intervention is their only hope of helping him.

Date Aired: September 2008
Interventionist: Ken

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Ken, Mental Problems, OCD, Season 5, Traumatic Incident


4 Responses to “Episode 72: Mike”

  1. RIP. Dizzy can you add the ‘addicts who have died’ category since he has passed.

    Posted by Andy | August 6, 2018, 6:31 pm
  2. This episode has been missing in all official capacities at least since 2011 (when Dizzy started this site), although it was available on the A&E website for a time in 2016 (along with Betsy, another longtime missing episode). Here it is if anyone wants to watch it (paired with Jenny):


    Posted by Stefan | August 6, 2018, 10:00 pm

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