Season 9, Episode 8
Location: Bridgeport, Ohio
Addicted to: Opiates, Alcohol, Pain Meds
What’s Memorable: Benny really believes he deserves to be crazy rich, and seems confused about why he’s not yet. He thinks it’s just going to magically happen someday, and all his problems will be solved. Also, how horrible he is to his mother, the intervention.
Official synopsis: An ambitious inventor and entrepreneur, Benny once dreamed of becoming a millionaire. But stress, drugs, and alcohol have turned his dream into a nightmare. Worst of all, he is no longer a dependable father to his six-year-old daughter. Benny, now 38 and living with his mother, has seen his relationship with his family reach the breaking point, and only an intervention can save him now.
Original Air Date: January 2011
Benny is one of my favorite characters on Intervention. I was psyched to see his followup and that he’s doing great. He’s so enthusiastic and full of energy. I’d love to meet him someday.
When I first saw Benny’s episode it didn’t take me long to conclude that he has a narcissistic personality disorder. Whenever an addict has a narcissistic or antisocial personality disorder on top of the addiction, it makes the addiction very difficult if not impossible to treat. Narcissists and sociopaths think they’re perfect, that everything they do is just splendid, and that whenever they screw up or misbehave it’s everyone else’s fault but their own. Therefore, it’s very difficult to convince them that they have a problem and to go to treatment.
Benny, Gabe the gambler, Nick the junkie who seduced his drug counselor, Andrew the bulimic ROTC kid, Kelly the homeless alcoholic and Heidi the compulsive shopper fall into this category.
Well Benny seemed to be doing great in his followup and I really liked him regardless of what your assessment of him is. Not saying you are wrong-just that I bet Benny is a success story.
Heidi? Really? I didn’t see that I just saw an insecure and hurt girl trying to fill a void. All because she is superficial or materialistic doesn’t necessarily mean she is a narcissist.
Insolent 30 yr old man child. Glad he got treatment, and was kinda surprised he went tbh.
*38 at the episode airing
Any new update on Benny? I just watched his episode today. Rod killed it at this intervention. I thought he did an excellent job in getting Benny to go to detox/rehab.
What does everyone think about Rob’s style of interviewing the family one-on-one? I think it’s interesting, confronting each member individually. However, I wonder if it lacks the accountability from confronting the individual in front of the other family members? Anyone have any thoughts on this? This is the first time I’ve seen a “Rob Intervention”. He seems like a good Interventionist. I like how he tells the addict directly “Hi, I’m Rob and I am an interventionist”
Does anyone have updates on Benny? Or at least the daughter, and how she is, how she feels about the situation of her birth? He had so many flaws sure, but he’s a human being with an experience that is hard to understand. In some ways I relate to him, in most I don’t, but I see that he’s a man with very real emotions and problems.
Would love to see where this journey took him.