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Episode 116: Tyler

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Tyler
Age: 26
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Addiction: Alcohol and crack mostly, but also whatever else he can get, including heroin, meth, pain killers.

What’s memorable: I can’t begin to imagine the guilt and pain that Tyler feels over his siblings’ overdoes deaths, considering he was the one who introduced them both to heroin, they died within weeks of each other, and he found them both. This is one of those where I have no problem at all understanding why the guy needs to numb out every day. What’s awful about that is that he’s on his way to dying too, and if or when he goes his parents will have lost ALL of their children to drugs. So unimaginably tragic.

Official Synopsis: A gifted mechanic, Tyler, 26, worked in the family business with his brother, Zach, and his sister, Ashley. Their father built the business to provide his children with a wonderful life. But the family’s dreams turned to tragedy when Tyler found both Zach and Ashley dead from drug overdoses. Unable to cope with his loss, Tyler now fills his days with drugs and alcohol
Original Air Date: May 2010

Categories: Alcohol, Crack, Death of Loved One, Most Disturbing Episodes, Most Tragic Episodes, Most Unforgettable Episodes, Season 7, Traumatic Incident

Discussion

13 Responses to “Episode 116: Tyler”

  1. wow. that is unbelievably tragic

    Posted by alisha madariaga | June 1, 2012, 3:18 am
  2. That is so sad and tragic. I am sure that Tyler will carry the pain and guiltiness forever. I also know for sure that Tyler loved his siblings even if he introduced him to bad ailments. May their souls rest in peace.

    Posted by funeral homes adelaide | October 19, 2012, 1:14 am
  3. I finished watching this episode having only sympathy for the parents and not Tyler ESPECIALLY after his father’s heartfelt plea to stop using and start living now that he’s his only child. Then to read at the end that not only has he overdosed once but continues to use?! His father is going to be an absolute mess if the inevitable comes to Tyler before it comes to him. For his sake and the wife, I hope Tyler stays alive long enough to realize what his actions are doing to his parents and stops.

    Posted by Janee | February 2, 2015, 2:56 pm
    • I think it’s sad he continiued to use too. However, addiction is an illness so he may have really wanted to stop but just couldn’t bc his addiction was too powerful. I hope he is able to quit once and for all. I am on methadone and it has saved my life. Maybe it could save his too! That is the only thing I don’t like about Intervention is that they seem to look down on medications like methadone and suboxone and benzodiazepines even when they are being taken as prescribed.

      Posted by Nicole | September 3, 2015, 5:03 pm
      • True..Methadone is a much better alternative to shooting dope on the streets. As long as a person uses the Methadone maintenance program the way it’s intended…it works…I myself am on Methadone maintenance and it works for me. It keeps the person from having to go through the withdrawals.. So they can focus on counseling sessions and group therapy.With anything you have to truly want to get better…cuz even with methadone, you have people who still use heroin or other substances and doesn’t take the program seriously. Addiction is different for everyone..and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for the other person. People NEED to be more educated on Methadone and stop looking at people on Methadone as pathetic druggies…at least those supposed “druggies” entered treatment…and it’s their addiction..so they themselves chose to go about their recovery their way…not the way other people want them to…cuz it will NOT work. I’m just speaking from experience…15 years experience.. It may take a couple of times but eventually some people make it through and out of this hell..for the others… Sadly they either end up in prison or dead 🙁

        Posted by Ashley | October 29, 2015, 4:14 pm
  4. Based on the charges for Tyler’s arrest a year and a half after the episode aired it appears he was still using.

    http://jail.com/arrest-records/tyler-hall-1546671

    I’m really glad to know as of March 2015 he’s still alive. My heart goes out to this family.

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006374022854&fref=nf&pnref=story

    Posted by Lady | March 29, 2015, 5:28 pm
    • Guilt plays a huge role in using…they want to escape…especially living with the fact he introduced his siblings to heroin and they overdose and die…I’m sure he was devastated. I don’t blame him for using…I wouldn’t want to deal with me being the cause of my siblings deaths.Poor Guy…hope he finds peace one day and can overcome his addiction.. And I feel horrible for the parents..losing two kids to drugs and then one that’s on his way down the same path…sad how this drug destroys families, communities, etc.

      Posted by Ashley | October 29, 2015, 4:25 pm
  5. I’m sorry, but I thought personally that it was a little ridiculous how Jeff pushed so hard on Tyler’s dad to go to the 30 day program, which he understandably said he couldn’t at first because he had his business to run. I mean I just thought it was ridiculous that he was basically telling him that he should be willing to lose his business, like there were no other options, he tells him he’s not willing to do whatever it takes to help Tyler get sober, basically guilt tripped him. I just didn’t like the approach, I agree he needed to learn not to enable him, which he did, I just didn’t like the way he went about it and I wouldn’t have blamed him if he didn’t want to risk business by shutting down for a month.

    Posted by Sarah T | October 22, 2015, 6:16 pm
    • I agree with your reaction to Jeff’s ‘hard line’ for Tyler’s father…but I think Jeff had more information about the situation than we were given as viewers of the show. It was stated that the business was in the hole for 90,000 of unsecured debt that Tyler and his siblings had racked up on drugs and other expenses.

      It was also insinuated by Tyler’s father and Tyler’s friend who seemed to be some kind of manager or an accountant for the business that for the time being, they were merely staying afloat in quicksand, and working for free- so I think the father claiming that he couldn’t possibly travel to an inpatient program because he needed to keep the business running, was just him on auto pilot.

      He is a hardworking man who took great pride in building his own business to support his family, but ultimately, his work became a coping mechanism. He said himself that having his three children by his side, running the business as a team with him was the happiest time of his life- yet the reality was- it made him so happy, he didn’t even notice that his kids were using the business as an ATM, and running it into insurmountable debt.

      I know it seemed as if Jeff was being kind of unreasonable, but I think Chapter 11 for the business had probably become just a matter of time, and it was more important that the father got help in handling the loss of his other two children and learn some new skills for showing Tyler he loves him without continuing to enable him.

      Posted by Markus Kobi | April 15, 2017, 6:33 pm
  6. I couldn’t watch this ep again. Found it too heartbreaking

    Posted by Flo | December 4, 2016, 7:38 pm
  7. this guy is a douche bag. My heart goes out to his mom, and dad. lost 2 kids to heroin already, and will probably lose a 3rd. incredibly sad

    Posted by chris m | December 6, 2016, 6:15 pm
  8. The mom died recently, dont know how though

    Posted by Ggreens | February 5, 2017, 2:40 am
  9. This was a tough one for sure. It would be beating a dead horse to say the absence of any structure in those kids lives led to this, but it was so far gone, at 26 and NEVER having to face consequences for your actions? Not even your siblings deaths, which you caused? No,Tyler had never learned the word no, not by the one he needed to hear it from the most. His emotional immaturity was beyond the reach of any non-committed correction (a mandatory rehab or prison perhaps.) Feel for his family, and was proud of his dad for completing treatment even though he relapsed just as hard by letting him back in :/ I wish that family well and hope they’ve been able to heal since this episode aired.

    Posted by Jordy | May 17, 2017, 1:02 am

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