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Episode 13: Brooks

Season 1, Episode 13

Age: 20’s
Location: South
Addiction: Cocaine, marijuana, and more
What’s Memorable: What a sweet guy he is, in such unfortunate circumstances despite being a millionaire, his equally messed up brother.

Official synopsis:  A mother fears for the life of her son, a former wrestling star who turned to drugs after an accident left him wheelchair-bound.
Original Air Date: July 2005

Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Candy, Childhood Physical Abuse, Cocaine, Medical Problem, Most Likeable Addicts, Season 1, Traumatic Incident


34 Responses to “Episode 13: Brooks”

  1. Anyone heard how brooks and his brother are doing? And also their younger brother chace?

    Posted by Spencer | March 10, 2015, 9:42 pm
  2. Hi, This is Brooks W. From season one. Nice to know I was thought about some here. I am doing well. I live in Michigan with my wife and daughter. I have been clean , sober and happy since meeting my wife and daughter. I have slipped and stumbled along the way but always got back up. Unfortunately my little brother chace has been better. Addiction and alcoholism just did not reach him till later and he’s not the same chace he was on the show and my older brother Ian Willmon is no longer with us. He just passed this year. I luckily came out on top of my addiction. I always just put God first and have faith in him.

    Posted by Brooks Willmon | May 13, 2015, 7:17 pm
    • Brooks- Thank you so much for your update. I’m glad to hear you and your wife and daughter are doing well. My condolences on the loss of your brother. I will keep your other brother, Chace, in my prayers. You are such am inspiration; overcoming many odds and conquering your demons to become clean and sober. I wish you much happiness. You so richly deserve it. Keep fighting the good fight!
      Best Regards,
      Stacy S.
      Santa Ana, CA

      Posted by Stacy S. | May 19, 2015, 1:08 pm
    • Hi Brooks,
      I just watched the episode with you in it and came to check on how you’re doing. I’m so glad you’re happy with a wife and daughter. With addicts as parents you really are beating the odds! It was very smart to move away.

      I’m so sorry to read about Ian. He seemed like a nice young man who could’ve been a great youth counselor. And I’m so disappointed to read about Chase and your Mom. He seemed like a soulful young man in the show.

      You are a great survivor and I wish you, your wife and daughter all the best.

      Posted by Noelle | May 21, 2015, 10:06 pm
    • I am a mother of 2 sons & your story really affected me. It upset me to see you being taken advantage of because of the money you were awarded from you tragic accident.
      I have thought about you over the years & really prayed you were clean & living a good life.
      It never occurred to me to look you up on the internet until now. I am sorry to hear about your older brother, and your younger brother too.
      I don’t even know you but knowing that you “made it” makes me feel happy & relieved!

      Posted by Laura | September 30, 2017, 6:24 pm
    • **Nice to know someone out there wonders about you**

      Indeed it is. I’ve wondered about you and your brothers since I first saw you guys many, many years ago.

      I revisited your episode tonight and felt my heartbreak for what you and your family were going through. Then and now, I felt you all were genuinely good people. It brings me joy to know you’re still here and journeying through the life. I’m not feeling much joy about much in my own life but reading your update moved me and I felt I should let you know how you’ve impacted others’ lives.

      I am so sorry to hear about Ian’s passing. I was not expecting that. I am also sorry your surviving brother and mother are experiencing difficulties with addiction.

      I know your last post here was a couple years ago but should you stumble upon this post again, know that someone out there is wishing you peace in all things.

      Posted by Dreamer | January 24, 2018, 5:41 pm
    • Brooks, it’s Jules. Way back when with Cory. I never could find your number or a way to get a hold of you. I’m back in indiana full time and really wanted you guys to know I love and miss y’all.

      Posted by Julia S. | February 8, 2018, 4:09 pm
    • Brooks I live in Michigan too and I am so glad to hear your happy with a family. If you ever need a friend please reach out I would love to be your friend!

      Posted by Kristen | April 4, 2018, 11:49 am
    • I would love to add you on Facebook. You were huge in my wanting to get clean myself.

      Posted by Ashlee thoompson | March 23, 2020, 11:03 am
    • Hi, Brooks, I’m so glad you’ve made it, You seem to be such a sweet person, so as your mom. I’m sorry to hear about your brothers.
      I wish you the best for you and your family and that you’ll be drug-free for the rest of your life.
      Marie-Claire Pinet from Montréal, Québec, Canada

      Posted by Marie-Claire Pinet | April 10, 2020, 11:14 am
    • Hey Brooks, I just want to let you know that we are all rooting for you. I’m watching your episode again, at the moment. I grew up off an on in the same environment and after a bad car wreck also have a lot of issues regarding both pain and regret. I often wonder how people with chronic pain issues ever find a place of complete sobriety, but at the least, you give me some good inspiration regarding lifting yourself up when you’re low. Thank you, man.

      Posted by George B. | August 24, 2020, 9:42 am
    • Hey Brooks, just watched your episode & you are stuck in my mind. After reading many posts, it’s plain to see that a lot of people, including myself, are genuinely happy for you. You have a very sweet personality and I’m sure your wife & daughter are making you a better person. Your family has experienced many struggles & hardships. As adults we get to choose our own path. Sometimes we make poor choices. You have overcome many obstacles & your future is wide open for greatness.

      Posted by Chris F from Philly | November 11, 2020, 1:02 am
  3. Wow! Thanks for responding! So sorry to hear about your brother Ian & what’s been happening with your brother Chace, hopefully he can pull himself free from everything dragging him down. Very happy & proud to hear about how well you have been doing though! Keep up the good work! Sending y’all lots of love from VA! “When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” PS 6 1:2

    Posted by Spencer C. | May 14, 2015, 3:50 pm
    • Chace has started drinking heavily and taking those adderaul pills. I guess they make you stay up and he dosent see it as a drug but has began abusing both. Mostly from hanging out with the exact man we did not want in our intervention in the first place. My father. He is a addict as well and sadly my brother is following his foot steps. I don’t know what my brother is thinking but he refuses to listen to me. Throws my past in my face. Also my mother has her own addictions that were neverdiscussed and exactly why I live 1000 mile away from all the bad influence I knew. Family or not! You are
      Welcomed to email me and I could give you my Facebook name. (Send friend request) my email is (Contact Dizzy for Brooks’email address) Thank you so much. Nice to know someone out there wonders about you and I would never leave anyone wondering about me :). I am wanting to help other who were in my shoes so if you know Anyone struggling please don’t hesitate to ask for help or advice. Anyone!! Thank you and God Bless you and your family…

      Posted by Brooks Willmon | May 15, 2015, 11:38 pm
      • **will the site admin PLEASE delete the above comment!**….I didn’t realize my email would be made public when I replied! THANK you!

        Posted by BW | September 9, 2015, 9:29 am
      • I am so happy you are doing well, Brooks. just watched your episode today and I was concerned that you weren’t going to stay sober. I am glad that you found your wife and had a daughter who makes you a better person. I am so sorry about the passing of your brother and that Chace is not doing well…we could only wish that he does and I will be praying for him and the rest of your family that you all find some sort of comfort.

        Posted by Chicky | November 16, 2016, 7:00 am
  4. Good to hear from you Brooks, so happy you are whole again. Very sorry to hear the fate of Ian and of Chase’s struggle. Hard to believe he made that choice, just very sad… I hope your mother is coping. Bless Up

    Posted by Jennifer | May 17, 2015, 11:11 pm
  5. Brooks – I am so happy that you are doing well! I watched your episode & the follow up when it was first aired, and your story stuck with me. Keep moving forward Brooks, we only have one life to live, make the best out of the one you have. Sadly, sometimes you have to distance yourself from family in order to do this…I am very sorry about your brother Ian, please stay positive thru this difficult time. The road Chace is on REALLY surprises me, I never would have thought that he would go that way, but let’s hope and pray that he too will eventually want a sober life. Best of luck to you Brooks – keep rolling down the road your on, it sounds like it’s a good one 🙂

    Posted by Janel | May 21, 2015, 1:57 pm
  6. This is all lies!

    Posted by kelly | September 8, 2015, 7:41 pm
  7. Hi! I’m happy that ur better and I’m sorry bout chace hope ur ok and how r u

    Posted by Claire | November 6, 2015, 3:10 pm
  8. Brooks,
    Your episode was the first I ever watched. I’ve always wondered about how you were doing. Sorry to hear about Ian. Congrats on wife & daughter.

    Posted by Michelle Haygood | March 27, 2016, 12:43 am
  9. Brooks!!good for you for staying clean! great example for your children, and other recovering addicts

    Posted by jacinda godwin | March 29, 2016, 12:46 pm
  10. Kelly is a liar. She’s my brothers wife and she’s in denial about what is going on around her. This lady Kelly doesn’t even know me or the trials and tribulations me and my family have been thru. This lady has only known my family not even as long as I been sober. She sits on the couch all day with 3 kids just smoking packs of cigarettes like there going out of style( even with a baby in her womb) SAD!!! plus never known this lady to ever have a job. She should really stop worrying about my post and get a life. You sit at my mom’s house all day just popping out kids ( the house I bought but we won’t go there). I appreciate all the people who reached out with a positive message and I refuse to deal with the negativity whether it be from someone who thinks they know me or even my own blood… I had to leave old people,places and things to get my life in order.some people just can’t stand to see when the underdog comes out on top and is actually doing better than them so they will do anything to set you back but luckily for me I know my triggers and I also know how to avoid them but most importantly I am right with God and that is all that matters.

    Posted by Brooks W. | November 12, 2016, 4:37 am
    • Man dont let the haters bother you. She will have to face her day with her maker one day and all the hate will come back to bite her in the ass. Awesome to hear you are doing well…My condolences on your brother Ian and hope Chace gets back on track soon. Keep up the good fight man

      Posted by Tommy | January 17, 2017, 8:48 pm
    • So not sure where to start..I’m so proud of u..brooks..I have thought 1000 and 1 times about ur brother and how much I miss him..I’m so happy ur doing good..miss u..love u Melissa..u know who this is..email me back if I u want or get a chance…

      Posted by MELISSA | November 24, 2017, 1:02 am
      • Melissa can you reach out to me . I was in ministry with Ian in 2007 and none of us had any idea Ian had passed. We are all just heart broken. Facebook.com/whittyrocks

        Posted by Whitney | January 26, 2018, 6:49 am
  11. I just watched this episode for the first time and I was so touched by Brooks and his brothers. Then when I read these comments I was so happy to read that he is doing well, and has a family of his own. Way to go Brooks! Keep up the good work – you are an inspiration to others. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your brother.

    Posted by Megan | December 28, 2016, 11:22 am
  12. Brooks I was in ministry with Ian.. my heart just broke.. please get in touch with me if you can. Facebook.com/whittyrocks

    Posted by Whitney hamilton | January 25, 2018, 8:14 pm
  13. Brooks, I hope you’re still doing well today.

    Posted by Amanda | September 25, 2018, 5:49 pm
  14. I have never commented before on any site, but after watching you tonight (I had it recorded) I felt the need to see if I could get an update and I landed here. Something about you touched my heart beyond words. I pray with all my heart you are happy and healthy! You are so right, as long as you have God with you no one can tear you down. Just know that you are a success and loved by many! Remember, you not only touched my heart but probably millions of others. Blessings always to you and your family.

    Posted by Linda | October 23, 2019, 11:35 pm
  15. Hi Brooks. I’m Gary Thurman and I used to work in the computer pit in the back of the store with John and Scott. I hope you’re okay and just wanted to say hi. If you ever want to hit me up I’m on Facebook. I looked for you on facebook and can’t find you so you might have better luck looking for me if you ever want to. But anyway, take care, man.

    Posted by pf100andahalf | December 16, 2019, 11:34 pm
  16. It seems like Brooks dad passed away in October 2018. https://www.google.com/amp/s/obits.al.com/amp/obituaries/birmingham/190519567

    I hope you are okay Brooks wherever you are.

    Posted by Andy | December 17, 2019, 12:57 pm
  17. I haven’t ever commented on one of these, but your and one other truly hit home. I have had for back and cervical spine surgeries over the past 19 years with a huge one to come. I live in pain 24/7 and I have to take some heavy pain meds to function and it’s mentally a very difficult thing. My dream is for one of these surgeries to give enough relief not to have to, but I’ve been told that that will likely never happen and that the surgery I have is to stabilize and prevent further spinal cord damage as a fall or car accident would be physically devastating if not fatal, but that it won’t take the pain away. I’ve tried everything. I know that if I come off the meds, that while I don’t abuse them or take more than prescribed, I am still physically dependent on them and it will be a very difficult thing to do. I hope that I can manage that if that day ever comes with any of the grace and spirit that you have. If one day, I can’t walk I still hope for the same. I wish you and your family a beautiful, sober holiday and pray for peace in those you’ve lost.

    Posted by Karyn M Barlow | December 24, 2019, 8:05 pm
  18. Anyone know how Brooks is doing these days? I just watched his episode on intervention. (Yeah quite a few years later). And how Chase is doing?

    Posted by Lucy in Bama | January 2, 2020, 9:16 pm

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