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Episode 117: Andrew

Season 8, Episode 4

Andrew Season 8 episode 117

Age:  21
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Addicted to: OxyContin
What’s Memorable: The living in a motel room with his 2 little brothers and father because his addiction (and his dad’s gambling) has bankrupted them.

Official synopsis:  Once bright, likable, and athletic, Andrew has become a gaunt, menacing OxyContin addict. As a child, Andrew learned to manipulate his father, Dan, who now admits, “I can’t stand up to Andrew. He’ll threaten to commit crimes and trash our motel room. I’d rather give him money for a pill than have him out robbing innocent people.” Andrew, his father, and two brothers have been evicted seven times due to property damage and financial hardship, and they can go days without food. Can an intervention help Andrew–and make his father realize that if he doesn’t get tough with Andrew, the whole family will be destroyed?

Original Air Date: July 2010
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Jeff, OxyContin, Pain Meds, Season 8


18 Responses to “Episode 117: Andrew”

  1. where am I able to watch this episode?

    Posted by ashley | October 22, 2011, 3:49 am
  2. It’s being shown on LMN (sp?) network on time warner as of today July 31 2014.

    Posted by Robert Maybeth | July 31, 2014, 8:29 pm
  3. This was a scary episode, what with the situation with the dad and younger brothers. What ever happened to this family?

    Posted by Jordy | November 1, 2017, 10:57 pm
  4. Hands down my favorite family–Andrew, his bros, and his dad that is. The loyalty of the brothers to both Andrew and their dad was powerful and moving. So too the dad’s loyalty to his sons.

    Yeah, it may have been “dysfunctional” … but one hardly finds that level of loyalty and love in even the most functional families (If such a family even exists).

    I’d sure like to find some update on Andrew et al.

    Posted by InterventionAddict | February 25, 2018, 7:27 pm
  5. The part that killed me was when the younger brother spoke at the intervention saying he would go to school hungry and have no money for lunch just so Andrew can have money for his drugs.

    Posted by kitty katt | April 4, 2018, 6:31 pm
  6. Anyone know how Andrew and his family are doing now? I caught a reairing of this episode this week and saw the end note that Andrew had relapsed briefly on heroin, then returned to treatment and has been sober since 2010, but it’s been awhile! I was touched by the love and pain this family shared and really wish the best for all of them.

    Posted by Alexis J | April 28, 2018, 8:52 am
  7. I would LOVE an update on this family! Anyone know?

    Posted by Clois Reid | July 18, 2018, 3:59 pm
  8. what about the dad?

    Posted by Alice Schmid | November 14, 2018, 6:16 am
  9. Did they ever say why the mom kicked all of her kids out?

    Posted by KM | January 12, 2019, 7:51 pm
  10. i gotta be honest, i initially felt sympathy for the mom. i think the dad’s inability to discipline and set boundaries caused this whole mess. for the obvious reasons (no consequences and too much freedom) but also bc it made the boys hate their mom and think that her discipline was lack of love. of course then she went off the rails and although probably a lot of that was frustration and desperation as a result of the dad’s inability to discipline and set boundaries, you still don’t do that to your kids. i also get SO frustrated by the episodes with INSANE levels of codependency and enabling. to the point where the father is ruining his other kid’s lives. the other kids have to go hungry so andrew can have $ for drugs? he allows andrew to do drugs right in front of the other kids? and of course the gambling. i honestly feel like child protective services should have been called in long ago for all that abuse. but luckily andrew got help with the drugs as well as the dad with the gambling and they all seem to be doing well. because in the end, it’s clear they love each other so much and a healthy together family is the ideal. i hope they are still in a good place.

    Posted by Brooke | July 2, 2019, 6:39 pm
    • I really have issues with the dad. I have a feeling that even though he quit gambling, he may still be a pushover…even after rehab. My family situation is similar.

      Posted by Sudie | May 18, 2020, 6:36 pm
  11. Anyone else weirdly never watch this one before? I’ve seen every episode multiple times and always would scroll past because the photo they use reminded me of a different person whose episode I’ve seen too many times.

    When dad is in rehab and says he can’t wait to be in charge, what a moment. Wishing the best for these guys!

    Posted by Maggie S | August 18, 2019, 7:57 am
  12. The dad gets under my skin. Not very fond of him, really, but I do hope he is thriving. The younger boys deserve more stability, which his aunts and uncles can give him.

    Posted by Sudie | May 19, 2020, 9:11 am
  13. Unfortunately, 10 years later Things have only gotten worse in London, Ontario, Canada. It has been slammed by Oxy addiction and homeless addicts abound in the downtown core.

    Side note: the intervention was filmed at the Sheraton Armoury hotel.

    Posted by Bob | September 5, 2020, 5:20 am
  14. Any updates on the family itself? I’m still hinky about the dad b/c I’ve seen his parenting style in others, and he’s sacrificing his two younger sons in favor of the older son. I understand why, but I don’t like it. The cognitive dissonance in the situation where everyone in his extended family sees this except for him (and the boys’ grandmother) is staggering. I honestly hope he’s staying strong in the face of it all.

    Posted by Sudie | November 15, 2020, 6:00 pm

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