Intervention: Jimbo is Addicted to Benzos, Opiates and Scaring People

This is a story about a man-boy named Jimbo—a one-legged opiate and benzodiazepine addict—who’s dangerously coddled by his father, Jimmy.

Jimbo is no ballet waif. There were no dreams of moving to New York City and becoming a black swan when he got older. On the contrary, he is big, extremely terrifying and works in his father’s steel shop when his drug schedule permits. His moods are terribly erratic. One minute he can be laughing and smiling and the next, a dark cloud can roll into his horizon and his demeanor will shift instantly. Everyone around him will start to twitch uncomfortably and ask him if he’s okay, but he’ll just ignore them and retrieve his pet knife. You see, whenever Jimbo gets upset, he carries around a giant knife and slides his finger over the sharp blade. It’s like his thing. His family will watch in suspense, silently backpedaling towards the exit while Jimbo watches them with a stone-cold gaze. It’s too real.

List of Jimbo’s accomplishments: He has been arrested twelve times, one of which was for firing a gun in public. He has wrecked something like eight cars in the past five years. Worst of all, he only has one leg because he passed out on the train tracks one night and a train ran him over. So now Jimbo just hobbles around. He’s like this weird one-legged potential serial killer drug addict. It’s not cute.

A lot of Jimbo’s anger stems from the dissolution of his relationship with his mother. When he was thirteen, his mother moved out of their house after admitting to having an affair and shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with a terminal cancer and died. Jimmy never forgave her for her Hester Prynne behavior and even says that he’s glad she’s dead. The producer intervenes at this point and is like, “um, that’s harsh.”, but he just shrugs.

Jimbo has since channeled his anger towards his mother into this bizarre devotion to his father, Jimmy. He actually kind of has a weird Norman Bates-esque obsession with him minus the need for cross-dressing. Jimmy enables Jimbo’s drug abuse by supporting him financially and taking him to the pharmacy or as Jimbo likes to call it, “his drug dealer.”

Towards the end of this episode, the fourth wall has to come down because Jimbo e-mailed death threats to the documentary crew. Earlier in the day, Jimmy was going over to Jimbo’s house to discuss buying him his tenth car, but ultimately decided against it for fear that he was high as a kite. When Jimmy calls Jimbo and informs him that he won’t be coming over, Jimbo flips out and accuses the crew of telling his father that he’s been using drugs. God, addicts have such insane pretzel logic. Anyway, Jeff—the interventionist—tells Jimbo’s family about the death threats and cites this made up law that could put Jimbo behind bars if he didn’t accept treatment. So I guess we already know how this one’s going to end.

Getting Jimbo to attend his final interview AKA the intervention involved some serious coaxing on Jimmy’s part and one phone call to the police. When Jimbo finally does arrive, he adamantly refuses treatment and only acquiesces when he’s threatened with jail time.

Unsurprisingly, we find out in the status update that Jimbo had been kicked out of rehab for “disruptive behavior.” I’m guessing he tried to kill one of the nurses with his pet knife. His father, however, completed treatment at the Enabling Fathers Day Spa And Equestrian Summer Haven. According to Jimmy, he’s sober, but we suspect Jimbo was holding a gun to his head when he gave the progress report to the producers. TC mark

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  • http://twitter.com/brunodion Bruno Dion

    Why watch tv when you can read it through Ryan.

  • Jordan

    My comments on your articles are becoming redundant, but I feel the need to reiterate – you are so fucking funny. Another great piece. I will read anything you write. Keep up the good work!

  • Jessicaltomberlin

    “He’s like this weird one-legged potential serial killer drug addict. It’s not cute.” Scary and funny.

  • Gian

    Pretzel logic. Very nice.

  • Shad

    I find your article very distasteful making fun of someone with a legitimate problem.

    It sucks that you put humor and your reputation as a writer above the well-being of others. I hope it's all worth it in the end for you.

    • http://kilakilakila.blogspot.com brittany wallace

      i mostly agree with you.

      someone could say, “these people act like selfish assholes and… whatever! they were narcissistic enough to agree to a documentary anyway.”

      however, it's clear that many addicts do not make rational choices. their decision-making skills are constantly clouded by the drugs, severe mental illness, or both.

      i don't know…

    • http://sixmetamorphoses.blogspot.com/ The Other Jordan

      I'm sure Jimbo was just crushed after reading this scathing article.

      • Shad

        Hopefully he hasn't. If you don't see the point I'm making you are just as much of a tard.

      • Hoffmanjessica39

        Shad,

        Maybe watch the episode. This was a great summary and you obviously don't know how to read things correctly and only how you want to perceive things in your own head.

        I would've written this much worse on Jimbo's part. Honestly, this man is 33 and is the victim of his own situation. He is a loser and it's all his own fault. I don't feel sorry for him. I feel sorry for his dad being taken advantage of all these years.

    • Mom

      I dont think Ryan was trying to be funny or making a joke of drug addiction. Just reporting the facts – addiction isnt pretty. maybe an addict will read this and it will scare the shit
      out of them and get help. Pretty much the like of an addict is just what you read

      • Shad

        Quote: “I dont think Ryan was trying to be funny or making a joke of drug addiction”

        Then you need to reread the article.

      • Helen

        Wow Shad you have no idea how to read.

  • Frank the Golden Retriever

    /searches TV guide for Jimbo episode rerun

  • CHRIS

    jimbo man im in the same boat helping you paddle it MAN IT SUCKS it takes your whole life man im in JACKSONVILLE,NC sorry too hear HOW you lost ur leg man it bothered me.IM A CASE SIMILAR TO YOURS MAN maby not sooooooooooooo mad at the world ….. JACKSONVILLE,N.C. CHRIS

  • Andy

    my brother used to act like this, now he's a born again christian, the things he says are annoying to me. he's always reading the bible now and i think it's silly. but he's actually a nice person now. i have to stop and remember my brother used to be just as crazy as jimbo.

  • http://newhandsweepstakes.com/writings/the-last-acid-trip-damned-by-god-by-brian-mcelmurry/ Brian McElmurry

    Damn, scary!

  • Crowdedteeth

    I wish I loved anything as much as Jimbo loves drugs

  • Dustin_a_wright

    one correction you need to make in this article which is fabricated… JIMBO said he was glad his mother was dead… not JIMMY… get it right

  • Bdb2k1

    As a lifelong friend of this man I understand that it can be funny and scary. Some of the insights are true while some are false. It seems everyone has an opinion and you are entitled to it. The truth of the matter is that this man needs help. But anyone making light of the situation also is in desperate need of help as well. Those people are called sociopaths and though they may not need help with addiction, they do need help with the way they look at life.

  • wenger_giant_knife

    Thanks for all the comments in here. That is really informative. Keep posting in here 'cause that would really be cool.

  • Bonerville

    i bet he has a big ass dick

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