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Episode 58: Brad

Season 4, Episode 9

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Brad
Age: 24
Location: Undetermined
Addiction: Alcohol (vodka)
What’s Memorable: His mother trying to kidnap his sisters and leaving him on the front steps crying – abandonment issues understandable, right? How quickly he became an alcoholic after coming home from Iraq. How completely wasted he gets and the constant blackouts. The guilt he feels about not being back in Iraq while his buddies are still fighting.

Official synopsis: The chaos and bloodshed that Brad witnessed as a young soldier in Iraq, including the death of a close friend, left him emotionally damaged. He now suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and uses alcohol and marijuana to quell the endless nightmares and flashbacks that haunt him. Brad’s temper also flares and he’s had several incidents of blackout drinking which have led to two car accidents. His parents and sisters are terrified that Brad will kill himself or someone else in a drunken stupor. An intervention is their final attempt to save his life.
Original Air Date: February 2008

Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Alcohol, Jeff, Season 4, War

Discussion

21 Responses to “Episode 58: Brad”

  1. I am a regular viewer of Interventions, one of the most memorable scenes of the program for me was in this episode. The part where Brad is passed out drunk again in the neighbors garage, and his loving and patient father walks over, throws Brad over his shoulder and carries him back home. That scene was sweet and so tragic at the same time.

    Posted by irene | August 31, 2012, 3:42 pm
    • Brad’s sister here. That was probably the scene that got to me the most too. My dad would go to the end of the earth and back for Brad. Brad couldn’t see it then how much Dad loved him and worried about him. But he does now. And I’m so glad he’s sober.

      Posted by Jaclyn | February 19, 2015, 8:41 am
      • Jaclyn, I just seen brads episode tonight and recognized him from when we were in basic training… I’m speechless that he went through all of that! He was such a happy, funny guy! I am happy to know he has recovered well!! I will continue to pray for him:)

        Posted by Angela | April 4, 2015, 12:03 am
      • What is his facebook? I also have survivors guilt. If he ever needs a friend I would be glad to listen.

        Posted by ziggy | June 17, 2018, 6:45 pm
  2. Though I am sure brad will never read this I just as a mother want to apologize to him for his own mother! I know abandonment my father and stepmother left me on my mothers doorstep with no one home when I was 10 because my step mother felt I was a burden to them and hated my fathers obligation to actually be a father. I am now the mother of two boys they are 7 years apart and do have different fathers but I would never ever ever choose one over the other, leave them for anything or pick one I liked better. The damage of having his mommy pick his sisters and leave him behind especially in such a blatant way is irreparable and beyond cruel. Cruel is no where near a strong enough word I don’t think there is a strong enough word! I am so sorry he had to live thru that and think he deserves to hear from as a mom I don’t think that he is less than, he is someone’s son and he is priceless! If there is a way to get him that message and if other moms agree and can tell him what his mother should have please do so. I was watching his episode tonight and it just struck me in a way no other episode of this show ever has!

    Posted by Jen Wikstrom | October 18, 2014, 11:22 pm
    • I am Brad’s sister and will get this comment to him. Thank you for your kind words. Brad is living in Virginia now and has been sober for over a year and a half. We are all so proud of him!

      Posted by Jaclyn | February 19, 2015, 8:39 am
      • I want Brad to know that I have seen dozens of episodes of Intervention and I never had one affect me like this one..I cried throughout the whole show..I could almost feel his pain and sorrow..plus I have a son about his age and I could only imagine him going through what Brad has. Please tell him how much he touched my heart and I continue to pray for him.

        Posted by connie | March 22, 2015, 8:08 pm
  3. I am a desert storm veteran who self medicate with vodka. I start rehab at the va tomorrow. I get it. I do understand. I’m going to get help. I just wanted to let you know Brad isn’t alone. He is an inspiration. Peace and love. Jason

    Posted by jason | March 22, 2015, 11:36 am
  4. If anyone in Brad’s family sees this, please tell him that this episode touched me the most of any episode I Have ever seen. He is a HERO and to have to go through what he has gone through is one of those questions I will never understand. His mom really messed him up, but I teach 6th grade and can say that it is unfortunately all too common. It is SO SO obvious how much his step mom loves Brad. I want Brad to know I texted both of my boys ( they are 24 and 19) to remind them how much I love them. One is in Greenville at college, the other was in the next room getting ready for work. Brad, if you read this, I can tell you are SUCH an awesome person. What happened to you when you were little was NOT fair. I am so sorry. I am going to be praying for you. I’m honestly not some weirdo who usually writes stuff like this. I teach 6th grade, my husband is a police detective and we have two boys. You are such an easy person to love. I don’t even know you and I feel like if you didn’t have that awesome step mom who loves you so much, I would ask to meet you so I could “adopt” you. I have looked for your last name to hopefully maybe facebook friend you, but know I am praying for you and have faith in you. You are a hero. You helped make this country a safer place for my boys and I could never thank you enough for that. My cousin served in desert storm in it took him years to “recover.” I think that’s pretty normal. I will never forget you. prayers and love to you, Brad.
    -Leslie from Naperville, IL

    Posted by Leslie Viscioni | March 22, 2015, 11:37 am
    • Leslie, thanks for your kind words. I will be sure to pass them along to Brad. It’s comforting to know that he has in some small way, helped changed lives or change perceptions, etc. He is on FB under his full name, but I’m not sure what his privacy settings are.

      Posted by Jaclyn | March 23, 2015, 8:03 am
  5. I just watched Brad’s episode today and I have never been so touched by any other story like I am with Brad. Listening to what he’s gone through from his mother to Iraq, my heart just ached for him. I wept when I saw him hurting and when he was passed out, eyes open at the neighbors. His father showed such unwavering love for him and Brad showed it right back. That just struck me so deeply in the heart and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. If Brad or his sister or anyone around him ever reads this please let him know that my heart goes out to him and I wish him a long healthy prosperous life filled with all the love and happiness he deserves.

    Posted by Jennifer Kersten | March 22, 2015, 2:38 pm
  6. i tried to find him online as well … nothing . but i really wish and hope brad has found peace within!!

    Posted by sammy smith | March 22, 2015, 6:55 pm
  7. Sammy, he is doing really well! I am so proud of him!

    Posted by Jaclyn | March 23, 2015, 8:04 am
  8. jaclyn do you think you can foward his contact info? please and thank you god bless

    Posted by sammy smith | March 24, 2015, 7:23 pm
  9. I’ve searched for this episode for so many years. As an airborne brat myself, this episode hit oh so very close to home. I worked for the VA in the psych Ward, and I actually used this episode in my psychology final and received a 100% for my “Back From War” presentation..please keep fighting the good fight..back from war is a lifetime struggle. Good wishes and strength with god bless. Thank you for sharing your struggle

    Posted by Caitlin Hobbs | March 26, 2015, 2:47 am
  10. This episode touched me quite a bit. Best of luck to you Jaclyn, Brad, and the rest of your family!

    Posted by Adam A | April 30, 2015, 12:19 am
  11. I know this is from 2008 but I’m watching this episode for the 2nd time and I’m so incredibly disgusted by the way Brad’s “mother” treats him. The fact that she abandoned him but took his sisters makes me sick. That is not a mom, that is a selfish person. This sweet boy not only needed but deserved to be loved by his mom but never was. What kind of person does this? And then she says that it’s not a big deal when you sign up for the military when there’s not a war going on!?! Are you kidding me??? Heartless and frigid are words I would use to describe her. Thank God for his Dad and Step Mom. I hope Brad is doing well now and I hope he knows how many of us are rooting for him and how appreciative we are of his service for our country.

    Posted by Jennifer L. | November 4, 2015, 12:25 am
  12. I just wanted to first say that I am 23 and in recovery for alcoholism and this intervention episode touched my heart.I wish you the best of luck brad its not easy I know for a fact keep up the good work

    Posted by Tammara | November 4, 2015, 2:21 pm
  13. this episode was really powerful. I am in recovery myself and I have so much empathy for Brad and other young men and women who came back from the war with this terrible burden of addiction to deal with. I do hope Brad continues to do well. Any updates?

    Posted by Greg E. | June 13, 2018, 4:54 pm

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