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Episode 222: Sturgill

Season 16, Episode 6

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.

Legacy Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX5zvExzSCk

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

Categories: Legacy Updates, Medical Problem, Methadone, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Uplifting Episodes, Pain Meds, Season 16, Sylvia


23 Responses to “Episode 222: Sturgill”

  1. Sturgill seems to be a genuinely nice guy and seemed to really embrace sobriety once he got to treatment. The outlook is good for him, and I hope he does go into the addiction/recovery field.

    Posted by Janelle | December 21, 2016, 10:24 am
  2. Sturgill is definitely a good pick for Most Likeable and Most Uplifting. He was so genuine and the end really made me feel like things for him and his family are going to keep getting better. He reminded me a lot of Ryan from season 12 in those respects (and they both had severe vision impairment if I remember correctly).

    Posted by RenéeSadie | December 21, 2016, 1:07 pm
  3. Sturgill reminded me a lot of Hubert. Even at his lowest he’s still a kindhearted person, and when given the opportunity of treatment he jumped at it and dove right in.

    Posted by Janelle | December 21, 2016, 4:36 pm
  4. I hadn’t cried watching Intervention for awhile. Sturgill’s episode brought it all back. Great episode.

    Posted by Ellen | December 23, 2016, 11:04 am
  5. This is my favourite episode of all.
    Sturgill reminded me of a friend that got involved with drugs and it led to his death.
    I will be praying that this young man lives a happy and healthy life.
    I can see him being a terrific counsellor.
    I hope to see an update show with him in it!

    Posted by Khan | December 23, 2016, 1:15 pm
  6. Definitely one of the most likable subjects on this show. I’ll be honest, I thought he was really cute. I hope he stays sober.

    Posted by Haley | December 28, 2016, 12:25 pm
  7. What a sweet write up, Dizzy. Hugs to you and thank you for creating this community.

    I just loved Sturgill too. And his whole family. Good people.

    Posted by Kat R. | January 18, 2017, 6:46 pm
  8. Really moved me! Cried my eyes out. I live not far from Summersville in a small town called Madison West Virginia. I’m an addict and I would love to see intervention come here and help.

    Posted by Frank Workman | January 24, 2017, 9:10 pm
  9. I was really touched by this story, because he was such a decent young man from a family of love and he was grappling with something he couldn’t control. He was articulate, smart and in his moments of clarity he was very aware of weaknesses and addiction. I rarely cry during this show…but I found myself tearing up. I only wish the best for this young man and send out my best wishes to his family. He reminds me that there, but for the grace of God, go all of us.

    Posted by CCHazell | January 28, 2017, 7:45 pm
  10. I’m really rooting for Sturgill. He and his is family were all likable, genuine, loving people. I loved how he just dove right in to treatment, fearful but determined.

    Posted by HGM | February 7, 2017, 6:10 am
  11. Sturgill was just featured as a Follow Up and he’s doing great!

    Posted by Stefan | August 2, 2017, 1:47 am
  12. He coulda been a contender.

    Somebody had to say it.

    Posted by Bree | September 1, 2017, 9:05 pm
  13. On Sturgill’s Facebook page he’s saying that he’s considering taking up fighting again!

    Posted by Stefan | January 7, 2018, 10:24 pm
  14. Sturgill legacy update:


    Posted by interventionfan | January 10, 2018, 12:28 pm
  15. Can somebody link his facebook? I’d love to contact him and add him as a friend! He’s been an inspiration to me and I was very touched by his story! Thanks! And keep up the good work on the site Dizzy! 🙂

    Posted by Holly | April 9, 2018, 2:48 am
  16. LOVED seeing his dad’s face when Sturgill met his family sober for the first time in years! Breaking down that toxic masculinity and showing real joy and love, tears and all. <3

    Posted by cookie | May 24, 2018, 10:27 pm
  17. Any updates on this wonderful man?

    Posted by AJ | December 29, 2019, 9:33 pm
  18. he looks like he is doing great…

    Posted by ANON | June 15, 2020, 8:43 am
  19. I love you sturgill

    Posted by Vanessa | September 13, 2020, 10:55 am
  20. By the looks of his Facebook he’s doing fantastic! He has a girlfriend and they look so happy together. He also looks super healthy and fit. Wishing you the best Sturgill!

    Posted by Kelly Levine | November 16, 2020, 3:58 pm

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