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Episode 90: Donald

Season 6 Episode 4

Age: late 30’s?
Location: Mastic, Long Island, New York
Addiction: Crack, alcohol
What’s memorable: Did you know that the mix of crack and alcohol results in more deaths than any other 2-drug combination? I didn’t know that before this episode. It’s surprising actually. I woulda thought maybe heroin and xanax, or pain meds and alcohol. ANYWAY, Donald seems like a thoroughly decent and caring guy who just can’t stay away from crack when life becomes just too hard for him to deal with (and things have certainly been hard, no doubt about it). He has a lot to lose and a lot to look forward to, I hope he was able to stay sober.

Official Synopsis: When he was five, Donald’s parents divorced. He longed for a strong father figure, but his father had very little contact with him. Donald became a gifted boxer, but ultimately chose drugs over his career. He joined a violent gang and turned to stealing to support his crack habit. Now his son is angry because Donald wasn’t there for him growing up. Donald’s girlfriend just had a baby and Donald has a second chance to be a good father, but his crack use is spiraling out of control.

Original Air Date: June 2009
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Alcohol, Athletic/Competition Career End, Candy, Crack, Religious Family, Season 6


13 Responses to “Episode 90: Donald”

  1. I have wondered about him. He seemed to be very sad. I am praying that he eventually got sober and found happiness.

    Posted by Veronica | January 25, 2015, 7:25 pm
  2. this was one of my favorite episode ever. Such a good hearted guy. I really just love this guy! Please, someone, give us an update!!

    Posted by Greg E. | June 28, 2018, 7:25 pm
  3. Found his Facebook he looks ok can’t tell if he’s clean or not .

    Posted by Katie Siebert | December 8, 2018, 7:36 pm
  4. Dizzy, I was shocked about how alcohol + cocaine results in more deaths than any other two drug combo, as well. I also suspected heroin + benzos would be the most lethal. Donald seemed close enough to death with the crack alone, I hope he’s okay.

    Posted by Lo | December 9, 2018, 12:00 am
  5. i’m sure it was the drugs talking, but i am in disbelief that he actually thought he was wronged somehow by not having access to the bank accounts. he felt he should be “an equal partner in any relationship”. yeah, maybe if he didn’t spend all the money on drugs. not to mention the fact that he doesn’t work, they’re not married, and don’t even live together. also, what was the counselor talking about in the follow up when he said “he accepts everything’s not carolynn’s fault”? what would be her fault?? i was kinda distracted during this episode so maybe i missed something. btw, did anyone notice the baby not in a car seat when they were driving to see donald after treatment? tsk tsk.

    Posted by Brooke | July 14, 2019, 8:55 pm
  6. I believe he didn’t get his life together because Carolynn and him split up, she has full custody of their son and they don’t live in the same state…
    I did some research and this is the only thing I found…

    He hasn’t posted on Facebook since 2019

    Posted by Caroline | July 4, 2020, 6:19 pm
    • I understand that court cases are public information but out of respect for my family and son please do not post our personal information across message boards. It would be greatly appreciated.

      Posted by Carolynn | September 17, 2020, 6:12 pm
      • I completely agree and it’s admirable that you’ve expressed this.
        Sure, it’s a public forum, but showing respect, for others, doesn’t cost a darn thing!
        – Life is hard enough –

        Posted by Julia | September 22, 2020, 8:39 am
      • Just watched that episode now.. I’m sobbing like a baby
        So sad.. I’ve grown around addiction and still am surrounded by it today.. I hope and pray you and your family are doing well and i pray for Donny.
        I’ve seen so many good men like him fall to these insidious drugs and the filthy dealers that sell them… xoxo

        Posted by Ryan | September 28, 2020, 7:49 am
  7. Just watched Donny’s episode. Rarely have I seen someone that tweaked. I really wanted him to get clean. Those kids adored him just a shame it wasn’t enough but if he’s still using they, unfortunately, are better without him

    Posted by RS | September 15, 2020, 6:12 pm
  8. It pains me to see that Donny didn’t get sober. You can tell he has a really good heart and the potential to be a great father.

    I also admired Carolynn for holding boundaries with him. That seems to be fairly rare with Intervention families.

    Posted by Julie | September 24, 2020, 1:26 pm
  9. By looking as his facebook, he seems sober to me. Happy to see that

    Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2020, 12:15 pm

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