January 18, 2010 08:27 PM by Jennifer
If you thought things in your life were bad, meet Vinnie. On tonight’s episode of Intervention on A&E, we see how a young man with a passion for anything fast turns into a man addicted to crack. Will he survive, or will his addiction make his life come to a grinding halt? Keep reading to hear his story.
You can tell by looking at him, with sores all over his face and his skinny frame, that there is more to Vinnie’s story than meets the eye. His addiction stems from childhood abuse, both mentally and physically, that he endured at the hands of his father. His family remembers him as a child who was hyper and had very few friends. As a result, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD) and was put on Ritalin. Vinnie always sought the attention of his father. Vinnie also holdsÂ some resentment towards his dad for naming his younger brother after him, and not Vinnie, who is the first born son. His father, however, would constantly hit Vinnie, saying he did it out of love. Little did he know what affect it would have on his future.
Vinnie was interested in extreme sports, and became number on state champion for BMX bike tournaments. Vinnie thought this would impress his dad, but his dad’s response to it was for him to grow up. His parents divorced when Vinnie was 14, and he ended up moving in with his mother when he was 17. From that point on, Vinnie was alone all the time because his mother worked two jobs. At age 18, Vinnie tried marijuana for the first time. After that he was hooked. At 19, he tried crack and instantly became addicted. His mother kicked him out of the house when he was 20 years old. Vinnie has a huge hole in his life, and he is filling it with drugs.
Vinnie’s days consisted of stealing anything he could to support his habit, and he would do drugs all day, everyday. His dream of having a family of his own will never become a reality, according to his ex-girlfriend Christina, because of his addiction and his behavior. The only thing Vinnie seems to trust in his life is his dog, whom he lives with in his car, because he is homeless. He feels that when his parents divorced, his entire family eventually abandoned him, although his mother enables his habit by giving him money whenever she can, even if it is her last dollar. She does this out of guilt for abandoning him, and is angry when Vinnie tells her he sold his truck for money to buy drugs. His mother tells him no matter what he does, he will never get his father’s approval. Not a smart thing to say to someone who is seeking approval, and abusing crack because he is not getting it.
His family finally realizes that he can no longer go on this way, and they seek the help of Interventionist Candy Finnigan on this episode of Intervention on A&E. When Candy meets the family, she tells them that by enabling his behavior, they are making the problem worse. She suggests that Vinnie’s mother attend The Betty Ford Clinic Program For Families, because this lady really needs a reality check if she thinks that supporting her son’s habit is going to make him better.
Vinnie walks into the room thinking he is there for an interview, and clearly gets angry when he sees his family and ex-girlfriend Christina there. As his sister and the rest of his family let him know how his addiction has had a negative impact on all of their lives, his brother breaks down and cries. They do not have a relationship as it is, but he says it will never happen if his addiction continues. After hearing his family tell them they will no longer be a part of his life, Vinnie agrees to go to treatment. He ends up leaving the treatment facility after 29 days, and his mother sent him a first class ticket to come home. She never bothered to go to The Betty Ford Center to get help for herself. I hate to say it, but it seems that misery loves company, and the apple did not fall far from the tree on this one. Vinnie, however, has relapsed a few times but has remained sober since December 3rd of last year.
What kind of addiction will the team of interventionists face next, and will they be able to give someone their life back?
Photos courtesy of: A&E