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Update August 23rd 2017

The most important and saddest updates first. Since March of 2017, three of the people profiled in Intervention have passed away.  Karissa was killed in a hit-and-run when she pulled over and got out of her car on a highway on Florida. She was sober at the time.  Joshua and Eric both died of heroin* overdoses.  All of these people were clearly very loved and supported by many people around them and died way, way too young.  My deepest condolences to the friends and families that we met on the show and to all of those we didn’t. A lot of us out here know what it feels like to lose someone to addiction and also what it’s like to lose someone that seemed to have their whole life ahead of them after finally getting clean. Please know that fans of Intervention are with you, thinking about you, hoping you come out on the other side of this tragedy. And that is the word for it, in all these cases. Tragic.

Feels weird to move on to site-specific stuff after that, but here I go.  You may have noticed that your recent comment was not published. There’s a reason for it. It was likely a little bit too mean, too insulting, too confrontational. As you should know, I’m not big on this site being a place to hash out whether someone’s mom was a selfish bitch or if a girlfriend was too ugly. I hate that shit. Friends and family members Google their loved ones and end up here. I have no interest in insultingly chastising family members whose lives we only saw minutes of. Please read the comment policy.  If your only point in a comment is that someone sucks, stop writing. Seriously. Think of something more interesting to say.

Reminder that I won’t publish a comment with the term ‘race card’ in it because it’s always got questionable intent, so please stop yourself from using that term. If you have a point to make about race, don’t use “race card” to make it.

Also I don’t really like it when you guys pick fights with each other and I’m starting to get more aggro about it. I’m not gonna let nasty comment fights happen just because you’re feeling anonymously combative on a Tuesday. This isn’t Reddit, it’s not IMDB, it’s a freaking Intervention fan site. Chill the fuck out. I mean yeah fine go ahead and argue about whether Donna is a good interventionist or whether Nichole’s mom was justified in taking her side over her sister’s, but please, don’t call anyone else names, don’t accuse them of not understanding addiction, don’t tell them they don’t understand something you have no idea if they understand or not. In other words, DON’T BE A DICK.  Consider that Rule #1 for commenting here.

Last thing. I don’t have cable so when A&E announces a new episode I have to wait 2 days to watch it. I know I know, not ideal. What I can’t tell from promos is whether or not the episode is Intervention Canada (i.e. Clint)  A&E likes to pretend they’re all new even when they’re not, but they don’t make Canada episodes available on streaming so I can’t watch them. So if you would kindly let me know as soon as you know whether it’s a Canada episode or not, I can stop refreshing my Google Play page to see if it’s available yet.  Thank you friends.

-Dizzy
dizzy.buzzkill@gmail.com

 

* (I say presumed because heroin was their drug of choice and I know they both died of overdoses, but I have no way of confirming that heroin was the specific culprit)

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Episode 228: Clint

Season 17, Episode 4

Clint
Age: 36
Location:  
Addiction: Meth

Official Synopsis: Clint, 36, was raised in a tight-knit, middle-class family. His parents expected success for their four children who were all precocious and engaged in school. But in high school, when his siblings had gone off to college, Clint fell in with the wrong crowd and began to struggle. The only graduation he would see was to a life controlled by crystal meth and opioids. At a loss as to where it all went wrong, Clint’s parents have seen their son’s excesses progress to crazy and dangerous levels. Without an intervention, they know he will die.

Date Aired:  August 2017
Interventionist: 

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Episode 227: Joshua B.

Season 17, Episode 3

Joshua B.
Age: 34
Location:  Raleigh, North Carolina
Addiction: Hand Sanitizer

What’s Memorable: None of the people in this episode are in denial. Not Josh, not his family, not his ex-wife. They all know exactly what’s up, they know Josh is killing himself, and they’re willing to do what needs to be done to save him.  Josh, despite his threats to throw himself off a bridge if this is an intervention, calmly accepts that if all these people are willing to do this for him, they must care. That’s what he didn’t know before, and that is what so much of Intervention is about.  The fact that these important people in your life are willing to do something so freaking dramatic because they’re THAT worried about you, because they care THAT much, it’s got to be a huge wake up call.  Joshua, you seem smart, resilient and kind and you’ve got a lot of people rooting for you. You can absolutely do this.

Official Synopsis: By the age of 21, Joshua had the world in his hands. A six-figure salary managing a dozen convenient stores, marriage, and owner of his own home, Joshua was a great provider for his wife and her children. But a back surgery in 2010 led to a severe addiction to pain pills that morphed into an extraordinary addiction to hand sanitizer that has cost him everything. Now, his family is petrified that without help, Joshua’s his addiction will blind him, cause a massive stroke, or death by organ failure.

Date Aired:  August 2017
Interventionist: 

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Episode 226: Tanisha

Season 17, Episode 2

Tanisha
Age: 39
Location:  Los Angeles, California
Addiction:  Heroin

What’s Memorable: “When I think about myself being a drug addict, I hate myself… The thing I’m most afraid of is that I’m not gonna get clean. Ever. And completely ruin my life and never go back to a normal life.” Those are sentiments I think every addict can relate to. Tanisha came off here as a really sweet, honest person caught up in something she just couldn’t control. Her intervention is one (much like Courtney’s) of very close female family members coming together to say “Enough. We love you but enough.”  And Donna was the perfect interventionist for this one. Being a black woman maybe helped her relate and establish trust with the family but she had a really perfect balance of empathy and realness about this particular situation. The more interventions I see her do the more I’m convinced Donna is very good at this.

Official Synopsis: Tanisha was living the dream life as an assistant to rap icon, Snoop Dogg. But when her fiance was brutally killed in front of her, grief-stricken, Tanisha turned to her mother, who introduced her to heroin. Tanisha has become a full-time junkie, and her family is terrified that without help, they will lose her.

Date Aired:  August 2017
Interventionist:
Donna

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Episode 225: Katherine C.

Season 17, Episode 1

Katherine C
Age: 28
Location:  Syracuse, New  York
Addiction:  Crack (primary)

What’s Memorable:  The well-meaning parents so profoundly and tragically enabling of their daughter’s addiction. They’re in it deep, repeatedly paying lip service to creating boundaries but never able to do it, right up until the last epilogue screen. My hope is that they get help for their own health and well-being and that it ends up helping Katherine too.

Official Synopsis: Katherine was a bright college student with dreams of becoming a journalist until she was abducted and brutally assaulted. Katherine swiftly spiraled, becoming dependent on a dangerous mix of drugs to mask the trauma. Her parents have already purchased a burial plot for her and are certain that it’s only a matter of time before they bury their only child.

Date Aired:  July 2017
Interventionist:
Ken

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New Season of Intervention

The new season starts on July 31st! 

Not sure what happened to the last season though, Season 16. There were only 6 episodes that weren’t Intervention Canada. I don’t know if A&E plans on continuing that trend with Season 17 or what, but it sure was annoying.  I don’t have cable so I bought the whole season before it started on Google Play and was given only 5 of the 6 new episodes and none of the Canadian ones.  Anyway, I don’t know if this new season is ACTUALLY a new season or a continuation of Season 16. Their season numbering is all out of whack.

Blah blah me whining about A&E again. Whatever, I’m excited it’s coming back.  Remember when it was ‘cancelled’ and there was that whole final episode with sober addicts talking about how it changed their lives? That made me cry like a baby and I was so damn sad the show was gone forever.  So really I can’t complain.

See you on the 31st!

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Episode 224: Todd

Season 16, Episode 8

Todd
Age: 36
Location:  Sacramento, California 
Addiction: Meth, benzos

Official Synopsis: Todd was a successful house flipper from a prominent real estate family who was on track to take over the family business, but when the housing market collapsed in 2009, Todd lost everything. Financially busted, Todd moved his wife and daughter into his parents’ home and began to work for them. But two severe construction accidents led him to painkillers and ultimately to dependency. When Todd’s wife divorced him, he shifted to meth and his addiction careened out of control. His close-knit family is devastated as they watch their “Golden Boy” fall apart before their eyes. Donna Chavous is Todd’s Interventionist.

Date Aired:  Jan 2017
Interventionist: 
Donna

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Episode 223: Diana

Season 16, Episode 7

Diana
Age: 29
Location:  Beuna Park, California
Addiction:  Alcohol

What’s Memorable:  Ken knocked this one out of the park. He developed a strategy for getting her to say yes based on what he knew about the family dynamics, and it worked. He knew exactly what she needed to hear. Well done Ken.

Official Synopsis:  In three years, Diana’s alcoholism has gotten so bad that it has led her to being diagnosed with Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, an alcohol-related brain disorder, which recently landed her in the hospital with temporary paralysis and a feeding tube… which she poured vodka into! Diana’s addiction has destroyed her career, her relationships, and now her health. Her parents know that if she doesn’t get help now, she won’t live to celebrate her 30th birthday. Ken Seeley is Diana’s Interventionist.

Date Aired:  Jan 2017
Interventionist:
Ken

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POLL: Which Addict Did You Find The Most Likable?

Sturgill’s episode put me in a good mood and I thought I’d extend it a bit by asking you: Which Intervention addict do you think was the Most Likeable?

The names listed here are those that either I’ve already put on my Most Likable list or that I’ve heard mentioned in the comments more than once. If you have someone else in mind, leave a comment.

Most Likeable Addict

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If you need a memory refresher on what these folks were all about, click on their name (opens in a new tab).

Brooks
Sylvia
Hubert
Jacob
Kristen
Tressa
Elena
Ryan
Sturgill

 

 

 

 

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Episode 222: Sturgill

Season 16, Episode 6

Sturgill
Age: 23
Location:  Sissonville, West Virginia
Addiction:  Methadone, Alcohol, Benzos

What’s Memorable: I’ve watched every episode of Intervention, many of them multiple times, and after 16 seasons in 12 years, it’s become more and more difficult for me to get emotional. Maybe it’s because I know the show’s formula so well and I’ve seen all the possible endings – from successful treatment to relapse to death – that it’s hard to surprise me. I don’t even try to guess anymore if an addict is going to be successful or even survive. You just never know until you get to that final black screen. But it bothers me that it doesn’t make me cry so much anymore. I mean this is sad, heavy stuff and I used to cry at every pretty much every episode, now it’s 1 or maybe 2 per season that does it to me. Anyway, this was apparently that episode. I can’t say what it was exactly that cause me to cry like a little baby at the end. Maybe because Sturgill was such a good and warm-hearted guy. Maybe it was how much he and his family cried in pain and in joy, or how hopeful but honest Sturgill was after getting sober. Maybe it was that he wanted to get into Drug & Alcohol counseling to help other people because that’s just the kind of person he is. Maybe it’s just my own issues with addiction being triggered by his story. I don’t know, but this was an excellent episode of Intervention and it gets placed in the Most Likeable Addicts and Most Uplifting episodes. Because that’s how I felt when it was over. Uplifted. Hopeful. Happy. Like Sturgill.

Official Synopsis:  Sturgill was a promising young golden gloves boxer and wrestler who dreamed of the Olympics. He was also an academically gifted pre-med student. But a broken arm and multiple surgeries led to a pain pill addiction, which soon turned to heroin. Now, Sturgill’s drug habit includes a dangerous combination of Methadone, benzos and alcohol. His family fears that he’s on the verge of mixing that one fatal dose. Sylvia Parsons is Sturgill’s Interventionist.

Date Aired:  Dec 2016
Interventionist: 
Sylvia

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