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Episode 18: Troy

Season 2, Episode 5troy2

Age: 20’s
Location: Los Angeles, California
Addiction: Meth, sex
What’s memorable: Sex with 20 men in one night. His understanding that gay meth users don’t ask about condoms.

Official synopsis: After relocating to Los Angeles, Troy had a promising future until his recreational crystal methamphetamine usage escalated into a full-blown addiction. While high Troy reports to having had, “hundreds of homosexual encounters.” Now homeless and unemployed, he sells methamphetamine and claims that injecting crystal meth helps him stay alert, and survive on the streets. Long time friends sought Intervention’s help.

Original Air Date: January 2006
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Death of Loved One, Homosexuality, Jeff, Meth, Religious Family, Season 2, Sex


14 Responses to “Episode 18: Troy”

  1. I know Jose, who in this episode helps Troy moving all his stuff back to his mother’s place. Troy relapsed several times over the years but the last time I asked him Jose told me that he had lost all track of Troy. So Troy’s status on the wikipedia page saying that he has been sober since 2007 is definitely not up-to-date.

    Posted by Eitan | November 23, 2013, 2:57 am
  2. That’s so sad. When I see people like him that are lost and broken, I really wish I could just hug them and tell them it will be alright. Any updates on him would be much appreciated.

    Posted by Jimmie | June 21, 2015, 4:51 am
  3. This episode hits very close to home for me because I was raised in the Mormon church and my little brother is a successful ballroom dancer who is a senior in high school and my parents are pushing him to go to BYU even though he wants to live by the ocean. I’m 99% sure is closeted gay. I’ve thought he was gay for as long as I can remember, since he was about 3 or 4. I have caught him flirting with his best friend when he doesn’t know I can see and they go to the movies together and stuff and I wonder if they’re secretly dating. My parents, especially my mom, are very naive and refuse to accept things outside their Mormon worldview. I am very worried for him because if he is gay I want him to know there is nothing wrong with him and I will always love him no matter what his sexual orientation is. My family is very broken and 4 of 6 kids have mental health and/or addiction problems, including myself. I am worried that my little brother could be #5. I don’t know how to go about offering support without offending or hurting him. I just want him to know he is loved and accepted by me no matter what and I will always be there for him. I don’t want him to go into a downward spiral. I love him and can’t watch my family fall apart even more.

    Posted by Nicole | November 4, 2015, 11:34 am
    • Dearest Troy, As soon as I saw the episode Intervention that was aired on 12-15-2015…and I saw that PRECIOUS BABY FACE OF YOURS,MY HEART MELTED!!!
      I understand exactly how you feel sweetie,my Uncle,(whom we were very close) was also gay & his life was a living HELL! Especially because of my Gpa,his Dad! I WANTED TO CLIMB INSIDE MY TV & JUST HOLD YOU AND TELL YOU I’M HERE FOR YOU FOREVER NO MATTER WHAT…

      Posted by KELLY MORGAN I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND FOREVER | December 15, 2015, 6:30 pm
      • There’s something very disturbing this post, all caps aside. There’s a big difference between offering support and obsessively making promises with absolute terms like “you never have to worry”, “never in a million years”, I promise you that on my life” to anyone, let alone a stranger – a man who knows he has syphilis yet doesn’t use condoms and is a master of manipulating others. Please be careful who you pledge undying affections to – predators love and look for this kind of behavior.

        Posted by Renee | September 9, 2016, 8:51 am
  4. What about HPV, HIV, and HEP A-Z? Such a risky lifestyle.

    Posted by jon | February 9, 2017, 7:27 am
  5. Dear Troy,

    First of all, I hope this finds you well. Secondly, and more importantly (I suppose), I hope you read this. I, too, am a survivor of the “pnp” fad (which, of course, is still ongoing), and your story effected me more than any other “Intervention” story, because I identified; Identify with you. During the same time frame of years, it seems you and I were both experiencing the exact same emotional, transitional, exploitative and life-changing events, concurrently. I am a disabled veteran of two deployments to Iraq. When I came back, I began to indulge. Besides being gay, and in the military when ‘don’t ask; don’t tell’ was still the constraints by which I served my country. My mother died when I was 22, and my father was absent. And my family hated the ‘gays’ with vitriol.
    I get it. I understand. You are not alone. You’re episode always remained in the forefront of my mind.
    I am glad you shared your story. Now I’ve shared mine.

    Posted by Benjamin | July 17, 2017, 9:54 am
  6. Can you post a link to his FB?

    Posted by Andy | October 18, 2017, 5:39 pm
  7. What is bareback, and what is pnp?

    Posted by Sue Ellen Hegstrom | September 4, 2018, 9:46 am
    • Bareback is when you have unprotected sex (i.e. not using a condom), which is obviously particularly dangerous if you’re a gay man with HIV.

      PNP = party n play, aka using drugs and having sex together.

      Posted by Holly Hayes | September 4, 2018, 9:50 pm
  8. I know it’s hard for some to relate to addiction and of course the risky lifestyle but this guy was gone long before the intervention. My heart hurt so bad for him and his family. It was hard watching that episode.

    Posted by Candace | April 26, 2020, 2:45 am
  9. I came here looking for an update on Troy. I’ve watched a lot of intervention but he just got to me. I truly hope in the years since he has found some help.

    Posted by maya | September 30, 2020, 1:26 pm
  10. What happened to Jared’s comment? It was extremely specific telling us about Troy’s alleged conspiracy to have his boss killed at the census bureau, living in AIDS housing and still using and which you can still read on the wayback machine? Did Troy intervene to have one of the comments to his intervention be removed? Did Jared regret his comment? I’m waiting for an explanation with bated breath…

    Posted by Aaron | October 10, 2020, 12:06 am

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