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Season 8, Episode 8


Age: 30’s
Location: El Centro, California
Addiction: Heroin
What’s memorable: What a great dad he is, other than the whole heroin addict thing. “I love my family to death, it just seems that heroin comes first, above all.” He shoots up before seeing his little boys because he’d rather be high around them than not see them at all. I don’t think he knows that his boys know exactly what’s going on. Ugh. Sad.

Official Synopsis: Growing up with an abusive mother, Dionicio turned to crime and drugs as a teen. He became a father, but couldn’t handle the pressure of providing for a family. Now he spends his time panhandling and shooting heroin.

Original Air Date: August 2010
Interventionist: Candy

All comments.

  1. Lindsey

    I really felt Dionicio’s pain in this episode. He seems like a really good hearted person, but his heart is broken. He has done horrible things to his wife because that’s what was done to him. He doesn’t think he deserves her and resents that fact, I’m guessing. I know the feeling. I’ve been there. I grew up in an abusive family and have been sexually abused and raped. When good people are nice to me it makes me confused bc I don’t feel like I deserve their kindness or love. I really just want to give him a hug! A lot of the time I feel like the “experts” at the treatment centers are wrong when they give a little synopsis of the person as they enter treatment. But this time I think the guy was right. I think he’s dealing with a lot of shame and guilt. It was very poignant to me when he said after all the pain he has put his wife through, he wishes he never met her. I know what a beast heroin can be as well. It’s hard to quit, especially after 16 years! I’d love to know how he’s doing today.

    1. Ivan Murillo

      He is doing awesome ! Been working with for the last 6 years.. one of the best, most trustworthy person I work with! Great husband,father & co-worker

      1. Sherry Perea

        That is good to hear. Dionicio seemed to have a kind heart. I wish him and his lovely family well 😉

      2. Genevieve

        I am so happy he’s doing better now, he’s such a good person and that quality just shines through him.

  2. BobbyB

    Dionicio seemed like a great guy that had a difficult life and horrible addiction that he just couldn’t stop. I hope he and his family are doing well!

    1. M

      Wow it doesn’t even look like the same person, he’s so handsome!!

  3. Cindy Higgs

    I am so glad he got help, you can see what a wonderful man he is. My father used all my life, and it killed him a few years ago. The saddest part is that he became just a number in a rapidly growing statistic. I was so pulled into this episode, and I truly wish Dionicio and his family all the love and best wishes, and I hope he remains well. It’s wonderful to see a father straighten out for his kids. Your an incredible inspiration

  4. Nivey

    I believe that fb page is of Dionicio’s SON. The oldest boy featured on the episode!! This episode really touched my heart. Looks like the son is doing amazing and I sure hope Dionicio is too! He seemed like a stand up guy. <3

    1. Gigi

      I agree….I really fell in love with this entire family. I briefly lived in the town that they are from…it is poor and has been left behind but there are a lot of really good people there. Few addicts have been as likable as Dionicio.

  5. LK

    It seems like a lot of people like Dionicio but I found a lot of aspects of his behavior disturbing and it made him very unlikeable to me. I really can’t stand people who commit domestic violence, even if they have their own past with being a victim or other issues, and I found it inexcusable that he had been violent towards his wife. Not to mention the story of how they met, he essentially just kept bothering and pushing her until she gave in to his romantic advances, and for some reason that’s presented as something cute or romantic instead of stalkerish? I also find it inexcusable that he was under the influence around his children and that his children who were very young were fully aware of it. Children should not be exposed to somebody doing hard drugs and it was absolutely appalling to me that his wife found that acceptable. His wife was extremely codependent and I don’t think understood what a healthy relationship was since she had been with him since they were very young. I’m not surprised his eldest wanted nothing to do with him. I certainly hope he has grown and become a changed man through recovery and healing from trauma.