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Episode 106: Vinnie

Season 7, Episode 8

Age: 28
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Addiction: Crack
What’s memorable: How he gets money for crack by stealing and selling auto parts, his poor put-upon enabling mother, his dog Max as primary companion in the place of the family he wants so badly. It’s a very sad story. He’s so lonely, so desperate, so addicted, and completely aware of all of that and truly hates himself for it.

UPDATE: As of the followup that aired July 10, 2016, Vinnie is still clean doing great!

Official Synopsis: When Vinnie was a boy, his father abused him physically and verbally, leaving his mother feeling helpless. He developed a love for fast-paced sports, including BMX, motocross, and car racing, but his need for speed turned into an addiction to crack cocaine. Now, Vinnie lives in his car with his dog and smokes up to $1,000 worth of crack a week. Vinnie’s mother tries to make up for not protecting him when he was younger by giving him money and a place to stay. But Vinnie needs more than that–he needs an intervention.
Original Air Date: January 2010

Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Candy, Childhood Physical Abuse, Childhood Violence, Crack, Mental Problems, Season 7


21 Responses to “Episode 106: Vinnie”

  1. does anyone know how to contact Vinnie?

    Posted by Patti | February 24, 2012, 10:48 pm
  2. He’s alive still living in Connecticut. with a daughter who he’s raising now. I’ve been sober 2 years in February and my last time out there I met vinnie (we dated) and it was the saddest, most self destructive time. He was selling and doing cocaine daily. I couldn’t tell you how he is today but in 2012 he ( AND I) were living a nightmare. While dating him I also contracted the herpes virus. He still possess those same talents he did on the show and was fun to be around but almost 2 years later it still hurts that I did something so stupid and was left w perminate consequences. I pray for him and am thankful it didn’t get worse..

    Posted by Kay | December 27, 2014, 6:52 pm
  3. Wow, Kay, it sounds like you went through a lot. Glad you are ok, thanks for sharing.

    Posted by snugs | December 27, 2014, 10:46 pm
  4. It’s possible it’s him. It doesn’t immediately look like him but everything else adds up.

    Posted by Dizzy | April 5, 2015, 8:33 pm
    • I know, I can’t figure it out if it is him or not..everything else adds up but his face is different. I rewatched the episode last week and kept looking back at the mugshot and the show..but I just can’t tell because people change so much over the years. Hopefully someone who knows will update us, and let us know if he is okay or not. Like I said, feel free to remove, just wanted to share in case it really was him.

      Posted by Michelle | April 6, 2015, 7:21 am
  5. That is not him at all! His name is Vinnie Cianci you can search for him on facebook.

    Posted by Wrong | April 19, 2015, 11:22 pm
  6. He is married and has a daughter & son. Look him up on Instagram under Vince Cianci. He looks clean but it is hard to say.

    Posted by Maria | October 6, 2015, 8:57 pm
  7. I posted this on another thread, but it applies here too:

    As a Mom with a 6 yr old who has very severe ADHD I look at the episode with Vinnie and Jason and wonder what can I do as a mom now to make sure my child never goes down this path. He was diagnosed with high functioning autism which in his case is the term for Aspergers and severe ADHD. He was diagnosed two and a half with the autism, and we started suspecting the severe nature of the ADHD at 3 years old. My son has OT, speech, aides and is in a school within our district that is working with him at a young age to see how and where he learns best. He is VERY smart, as I suspect Jason and Vinnie ar too, but I’m worried it will take a back seat because of a focus on him being “socially acceptable”. I just want him to be happy and healthy. That’s it, happy and healthy. Any suggestions from kids or parents who are farther down the road in a similar situation?
    It’s eye opening, my husband and I both realized our own undiagnosed ADHD and social anxieties and I’m getting help. But the difference is when we grew up there wasn’t as much pressure to perform… standardized tests, social activities, mommy social engineering and just no freedom because they can’t roam the way we did. I lived under a lot of pressure for other reasons and when I got to college I definitely blew off steam with alcohol and am lucky I could stop. But these are different times and I want to do anything now to keep my son feeling his best. Thanks in advance for any helpful comments!

    Posted by CC | January 12, 2017, 7:30 am
    • Devote yourself to giving proper healthy outlets for the extra energy BEFORE requiring your kid to perform in things like school or social functions. Counseling and ADHD diet are helpful. Give up on pressuring yourself to be perfect and seek out some other special needs parents to hang with,

      Posted by Maggie S | August 12, 2019, 8:32 am
  8. His instagram name is turbokermit860 but he hasnt been active for 57weeks.

    Posted by Keren Tucker | February 25, 2017, 2:27 am
  9. He is a patient at a doctors office i work for. Nice guy….

    Posted by J | October 26, 2017, 6:36 pm
  10. This episode truly broke my heart. I know that he made the choice to smoke crack and do all those horrid things and he should be held accountable… But the poor guy just wants his family to say they care about him, verbally. His brother, while probably being dramatized by the show, hardly put in effort in that intervention. I know he’s just heard it from his dad throughout his lifetime, but good God Sal, just tell Vinnie you want to see him in a better place. I know he’s probably put them all through a lot with his outbursts and drug addiction, but the guy just needed patience and love. Makes me feel so bad for Vinnie… I hope he has peace and found sobriety…

    Posted by CElizaberh | April 25, 2018, 5:37 pm
  11. anyone know how vinnie is currently doing? seemed like a good guy, just lost. i hope and pray he is doing well

    Posted by jacinda godwin | May 17, 2018, 7:18 am
  12. hope he’s well. Poor guy. Reminds me of my ex who died from a crack overdose in 2017. very sensitive guy. so sad his dad was inapropriate. who knows what he would have become if went on with his bmx talent. makes me sad and angry about the dad.

    Posted by patente | August 13, 2020, 4:30 pm

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