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S3E10 Ricky

Season 3, Episode 9


Age: 20’s
Location: Outside Chicago, Illinois
Addiction: Heroin
What’s Memorable: The completely normal childhood, no clear addiction trigger. How he’s overdosed 8 times since he started using and lives this really messed up existence in his mother’s basement.

Official synopsis: Growing up, Ricky seemed to be on a path to greatness. He was a straight-A student, a star athlete and named one of the three brightest students in school. He joined the Marines, where he served as a police officer. But what started as experimentation with drugs has turned into an out-of-control heroin addiction. Ricky’s friends and family fear for the worst but hope an intervention will be his best chance for getting his life back.

Original Air Date: June 2007
Interventionist: Candy

All comments.

  1. Susie

    I went to college with him & had no clue he had an addiction. He was very nice & polite & asked me for a ride home one day. He had a nice home in a good neighborhood & seemed completely normal. I do remember him sleeping alot! Always sleepy & tired. Always asleep in class and nodding off. After seeing the show I understood why 🙁 I hope he is doing ok.

  2. Stefan

    As far as addiction trigger, I’d say the fact that his mom was working all the time and he had to parent himself man have had something to do with it.

  3. Siouxsie

    Anyone have an update on Ricky??

    1. Tommy

      Super clean for years now. Amazing dude and would have no idea!! So proud to call him a friend!

    1. Beatrice Thomas

      What a wonderful update to read!

  4. Kelly Walls

    Zoe, thank you so much for posting the update on Ricky! Four years sober and doing great! So great to hear.

  5. Gigi

    I found Ricky to be extremely likable and endearing…so glad he has embraced recovery!

  6. Janel

    Looks like he’s doing great!