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Episode 69: Phillip

Season 4, Episode 21

Phillip

Age: 44
Location:  Southern California
Addiction: Alcohol (Peppermint Schnapps)

What’s memorable:  How much potential he had in the music industry before he started drinking, the sad but loving he has relationship with his daughter, how much he shakes when he needs to drink, the fact that he’s drinking Peppermint Schnapps. And that amazing followup. He looked so good!

Official Synopsis: A 44-year-old singer and songwriter, Phillip used music to escape the pain of an unstable childhood. He gained fame due to his charisma and musical talents, but Phillip now consumes up to four pints of peppermint schnapps a day. He lost his career, the love of his life, and the respect of his family. Can Phillip break the grip of addiction before he loses the most precious relationship in his life, the one he shares with his 11-year-old daughter?

Original Air Date: August 2008
Interventionist:  Jeff

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  1. Janelle

    I can’t remember much about this episode, but what stands out today, many years after having seen it, is at the very end when his treatment counselor says something to the effect of “Philip didn’t just go through the motions to get sober, he embraced sobriety.” When an addict becomes that committed to sobriety the odds of relapse go way down. I’d put him in the same category as Sylvia and Hubert.

  2. Nick

    He was in southern cali

  3. Chicky

    Any updates on phillip

  4. Hector

    I’m surprised this episode only has a few comments so far. It is one of the most memorable episodes for me. It really touched me because Phillip reminded me on my alcoholic dad. The family’s intervention made me bawl my eyes out more than any other episode. What a beautiful loving family! I’m so pleased that he was doing great in his update. He physically looked 10 years younger and his demeanor was like a completely different person. His face is lit up and filled with hope. Any news about him since then?

  5. Colleen

    I just hope Philips daughter is okay as a child of two alcoholic parents who became an alcoholic myself I felt her pain most of all

  6. Denise

    It’s 2018 & I just saw this episode. I would love to know if the song Phillip sang at the end to his daughter is available??????

    1. Veronica

      I can’t find this episode anywhere. Where did you watch it?

  7. Christina Sanchez

    Dose anyone know What is the update on him and the family?

  8. Phillip Guzman Jr.

    Hello everyone! I’m still alive fighting a good fight. I returned to Southern Vs in 2013 to be in Cristina’s life. We are very close and I am truly blessed to have such a close relationship with her. I live blocks away from Sky and 20 miles from Gina and Candace. Thank you for your comments, Phillip
    I’m on FB as Phillip Guzman Jr

    1. Denise

      Thank you for the update. Glad you’re still practicing sobriety & reaching for new goals. Your music ability is inspiring. But what about that beautifully haunting song you sang for your daughter at the end of the Intervention episode? Did you ever record it? Is it available for download on iTunes?? It was very touching. Wish I had recorded it.

    2. Laura Lea

      Phillip Guzman Jr. I just watched your intervention and was searching for updates on you. I am thrilled to see your response and the wonderful progress you have made. The depth of your emotions, your beautiful emotional music and enormous love shown by you and your family, really melted my heart. I am so very proud of you. I sincerely hope your music is available so that I can purchase and enjoy it. May God continue to Bless You and Your family. I’m on FB too Laura Lea in NY.

    3. lucia reynoso

      I love how I could feel the love for your hija. You can be head of family yes but she is the special soft spot and that’s precious. She’s a beautiful girl and I’m glad you turned it around for her and you’ll get to watch her grow into adulthood, and wait til she gives you a granddaughter, then you’ll have TWO spot spots!

  9. James Sasser

    glad to hear brother, my wife and I just watched your episode and were rooting hard for ya. God Bless!

  10. Andy

    I’m so glad you’re still doing well Phillip. I loved your episode and you have a very sweet family!

  11. Brooke

    aww, i’m happy he’s doing so well! he seems like such a great guy. the “i love you’s” during the intervention were interesting, never seen that before. i can only assume he was feeling unloved and really needed to hear it. i hope he feels his family’s love.