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Episode 157: Skyler

Season 11, Episode 8

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Skyler
Age: 24
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Addiction: Bath Salts

UPDATE: Skyler Patrick Russell passed away on October 16, 2020 after suffering from a brain infection and organ failure due to alcohol withdrawal.  His mother has a gofundme to help with costs.

What’s memorable: Bath salts, holy crap! Still new enough to be legal and bought at the store. The psychosis it causes is truly alarming. The things he does to combat against the hallucinations, how they tell him to kill himself. Also, the teenage reality show he was on, as the unlikeable “geeky Asian kid” that totally demoralized him, and the horrible way he talks to his mother and adores his absent father.

Official Synopsis: When Skyler was a kid, his mother pushed him to do modeling and TV work, but the tension drove Skyler to drugs. Now he uses the new synthetic drug “bath salts,” which cause him to hallucinate. Can an intervention save Skyler’s sanity–and his life?

Original Air Date: February 2012
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Bath Salts, Jeff, Most In-Denial Addicts, Most Mentally Compromised Addicts, Season 11

Discussion

23 Responses to “Episode 157: Skyler”

  1. Skyler broke my heart. He reminded me so much of my little brother, he even looks just like him. I just wanted to hug him and be a big sister and help him, I really hope he’s found peace now. Is there any update???

    Posted by Jessa | September 23, 2014, 8:20 pm
  2. I just watched this episode and was curious as well.

    http://endurance.wikia.com/wiki/Skyler_Russell

    It says he’s been arrested twice, but I couldn’t find anything else.

    Posted by Kelly | January 21, 2015, 2:35 pm
  3. Skyler has a Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Skydude27?ref=br_rs
    Looks like he has a son and he appears healthy.

    Posted by Carla | July 29, 2015, 12:07 pm
  4. Watching this episode, it’s likely that schizoaffective disorder and the bath salts caused him to have a psychotic break. I have the same disorder and I did the same thing with meth.

    Posted by Erin | December 10, 2015, 8:08 pm
  5. I just came across a video featuring Skyler and his mother Tiffany about a year after the intervention. You can see Skyler driving around Phoenix looking for bath salts even though they have been prohibited in the meantime and possession is now punished by 10 years of prison. Tiffany is adamant that bath salts are responsible for Skyler’s schizophrenia. If that were the case, we would have had an epidemic of schizophrenia in the UK where millions of young people were taking them. However I do believe that bath salts in his case precipitated a condition he already had and that he would have developed a couple of years later. Link to the video: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/story/drug-crazed
    And here’s the link to the Daily Mail article cited in the video: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2053289/Meow-meow-drug-kills-young-Briton-week.html
    Most of the commentators of the article are lashing out at the tabloids coverage of the “meow meow” epidemic and the situation it created.

    Posted by NoleinUK | January 13, 2017, 11:15 am
  6. I remember this episode well because in the beginning when the subjects are introducing themselves and saying what their drug of choice is, when Leon said “bath salts” I literally said to myself “What?”. I had to back up my TiVo to replay it. Then to be sure put on the CC and read it. This episode aired right before bath salts became well known.

    Then as I heard about their effects on poor Skyler I felt like a parent in the 50s watching Reefer Madness. Where was the enjoyable part of using this drug? Unlike pot this stuff really does fry your brain. The guy clearly had mental issues to begin with, so for the first time watching Intervention I felt the subject was so out of it mentally right from the beginning I questioned whether they should even be interviewing him at all. He had no rational base to even start with.

    Still, glad they were there and I hope he got or gets better. Very sad..

    Posted by Eskovan | February 2, 2020, 9:05 am
    • Hi, I’m his girlfriend 🙂 I just happened to run across this site. Thank you for recognizing that he had a lot of negative influences exacerbating an already bad situation. God forbid a specific someone should see this, as I have no idea what kind of shitshow it would unleash, but his family life was/is full of narcissistic people, mental illness, and substance abuse. They decided to leave that part out.

      He was already needing help. As usual mental illness leads to drug abuse leads to more mental illness. Compounding the situation, everybody does dumb stuff at 24, but not everyone gets put on TV about it; When he didn’t draw the attention to them one way, they brought it in through another…hence the Intervention nightmare. He has (obviously) had difficulties from all of this, including ones that stem from having been on the show, but he has put it behind him the best he can.

      He’s an incredible father and really just a great human being in general. I love him and I’m proud of him more than I can express. He’s definitely doing better and has a solid support system in me and my family. Sorry for basically writing a book about it ☺️

      Posted by Ari | September 16, 2020, 7:35 pm
      • I’m so glad to hear he’s doing well! I figured they were leaving some stuff about family wise. His mom seemed like extremely self serving, who puts their child on a reality show? Especially one that depicted him as the “nerdy asian boy”.

        Posted by Xlio | October 10, 2020, 10:47 am
  7. Gosh,I dont want to be too mean…but she doesnt seem to care if she is so wooow…I can understand how someone could want to escape with a mother like that. The way she pulled up old video tapes and tried to include him and get him to look at “how cute he was” in the middle of him clearly having hallucinations…I can only imagine how humiliating that must feel. To have something that was so traumatic for you held over your head like that, in the middle of an episode no less…kids were mean to him and she was “disappointed” ??? Excuse me?

    Posted by Angel | June 2, 2020, 3:36 am
  8. His Facebook looks like he has three sons 🙂

    Posted by Nancy | June 19, 2020, 6:49 pm
  9. UMMM, watching this episode, I knew Skyler looked familiar but I couldn’t remember exactly where I knew him from. And as soon as they said he was on Endurance, I instantly remembered! I was a huge fan of Endurance, and the first season was one of the most memorable. He such as a handsome young man, I wish him the best of luck in life, and I hope he is doing well.

    Posted by Lulu | August 28, 2020, 12:16 am
  10. Skyler is losing his battle…he underwent brain surgery and has liver failure ….his mother has decided to place him on hospice. There is nothing they can do for him. This hurts my heart. I pray for him and his family. ❤️

    Posted by Layla Singh | October 13, 2020, 4:31 pm
  11. Its 2020 and Skyler Russell unfortunately is currently under Hospice Care and his mother Tiffany and his son Mateo is at his side – He fought the fight but God has bigger plans for Skyler – May he RIP 😞

    Posted by Layla Singh | October 16, 2020, 8:23 am
  12. I’m Ari, Skyler’s fiancee. He passed away yesterday morning, Oct 16 2020, at the age of 33. He had a long battle with addiction and when he finally saw the end of the road, his body gave out. It’s honestly a shock even though he had some health issues from the last few years. We haven’t really processed anything yet and the pain is absolutely unspeakable. A lot of things died with him.

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/skylers-emergency-medical

    Tiffany set up a GoFundMe to help cover the final costs of putting our beloved to rest. Her Facebook, Tiffany Russell of Phoenix Arizona, is also public for anyone who wants to take a look back and see how this all started a few weeks ago.

    If his story saves just one person, it’s worth the follow. He was an amazing human being and was loved beyond all reason. We’ll never get over this but he was sober when he passed, so he accomplished what he set out to do. Proud doesn’t begin to describe how we feel for him through all this. Thank you for loving him too.

    Posted by Ari | October 17, 2020, 10:40 am
  13. Just rewatched this episode and was hoping to come on here and see a life away from toxic folks and mental health support. My mother is schizoaffective, in part due to a TBI when she was a teenager. The struggle of growing up with a mother who battled several addictions and countless days consumed by hallucinations and delusions, was tough. But mental illness is REAL. And that’s why I became a mental health counselor.

    I am saddened to see he passed a couple days ago. But I’m so happy to see he had a loving and caring and supportive family up until his final days.

    Your family is in my heart. Please be kind to y’all’s selves and don’t hesitate to go receive extra support where needed 💗

    Posted by Zass | October 18, 2020, 12:59 pm
  14. Ari, I am so sorry for your loss. Crazy because I just watched Skyler’s episode today and came here to see how he was doing, he seemed like such a sweet guy. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

    Posted by Shelbs | October 20, 2020, 2:54 pm
  15. Watched the Intervention show and clearly his mom pushing him into what she wanted to be was so wrong, but sure she loved him very much. His dad was just a poor excuse of a dad. He wanted to spend time with him but his dad couldn’t be bothered. So sad. So glad to hear he found love and got to be a dad, I m sure he was a great dad. To his fiancee I’m so sorry for loosing Skyler,im sure he finally got to be loved for who us was and fir his kids my ❤️ breaks for them.

    Posted by PAL | October 28, 2020, 5:52 am
  16. If you read this Ari – My condolences. Thank you for loving Skyler

    Posted by June | November 15, 2020, 9:40 am

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