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Melissa (Intervention Canada)

Season 17, Episode 5

Melissa
Age: 32
Location:  Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Addiction: Crack

Official Synopsis: As a child Melissa endured an unstable and tumultuous upbringing. As a teenager, she found a friend in crack cocaine and began a life of partying and drugs that continued until her son was born. Eager to create a stable life for her child, Melissa went cold turkey and enrolled in nursing school. But the good times did not last long. Melissa fell narrowly short of graduating, and slipped back into a life crack cocaine and heroin abuse. Now, at 32, Melissa sells her body to support her habits and has lost custody of her son. Her family fears that she has nothing left to live for and, without an intervention, will soon be dead.

Date Aired:  August 2017
Interventionist:
Andrew

Categories: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Crack, Intervention Canada Episodes, Season 17

Discussion

31 Responses to “Melissa (Intervention Canada)”

  1. Pretty sure this episode is Canadian – she mentions early in the episode something about being in Nanaimo and the surrounding landscape looks like British Columbia.

    Posted by george fayne | August 28, 2017, 6:27 pm
  2. Not sure if you know but it was from Canada.

    Posted by Valencia | August 28, 2017, 11:14 pm
  3. The Canada episodes aren’t my favorite. It seems like a lot of the episodes don’t have updates, or the people never stay in rehab. The best thing about the Canada episodes, is there is no Donna!

    Posted by Flamingo | August 29, 2017, 9:04 am
    • Well I don’t agree about Donna but I do think you’re right about the updates, and it does seem like the success rate might be lower, at least from the ones I’ve seen. Interesting.

      Posted by Dizzy | August 29, 2017, 12:54 pm
    • Actually, Donna has done a couple Canada episodes. I am gradually changing my opinion on Donna….I think she is getting better at having a softer approach when needed.

      Posted by The Duchess | August 29, 2017, 7:39 pm
      • I think original (U.S.) Intervention worked with a couple of Canadian families before Intervention Canada was its own thing (so though they took place in Canada, they weren’t Intervention Canada, if that makes sense)…

        Posted by Elizabeth | August 29, 2017, 7:52 pm
      • True. There were a bunch of US episodes that took place in Canada that weren’t Intervention Canada. Amy P, Andrew, Megan, Jamie, Danielle, Jeff, Nichole. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so confusing to viewers.

        Posted by Dizzy | August 29, 2017, 8:33 pm
  4. I have seen most of these episodes, and am rarely shocked at this point. But I never heard of a couple working together as prostitutes! That was shocking to me.

    Posted by Sassy | August 29, 2017, 12:51 pm
    • I was thinking the same thing!!! I was really surprised that he cooperated and urged her to go. They didn’t really get into his story or show him using, but clearly he was in need of help as well!

      Posted by Jen | August 29, 2017, 5:57 pm
    • Dallas and her boyfriend did. I’m sure there had to have been a few more subjects where that was the case, who didn’t disclose it; sex work is typically safer when it isn’t solo.

      Posted by Laura | August 31, 2017, 12:47 am
      • If I’m remembering correctly Dallas & BF were both doing sex work but were doing it separately, not as a couple. Although like you said, we don’t know everything they were doing that they didn’t disclose, so it’s possible.

        Posted by Dizzy | August 31, 2017, 10:20 am
  5. The way to tell if an episode is Canadian is to listen to the voice at the beginning that says “This program contains subject matter and language that may be disturbing to some viewers.” The American episodes have a deeper voice, while the Canadian ones have a higher voice (with a Canadian accent).

    Posted by TL | August 29, 2017, 3:12 pm
  6. I thought that Andrew did a great job in this one. I was sad, but not surprised, that she did not remain in treatment. Glad her family is holding their bottom lines…I hope this may eventually get her back into rehab, you can see how much she is hurting and yearning to do better for her son, but the addiction is winning. Praying for her!

    Posted by Jen | August 29, 2017, 5:55 pm
  7. This was a sad one – I knew from the second she revealed her son was taken away that she either wouldn’t go or would leave rehab. She has no bottom – she’s lost custody of her child, and she said she’s not afraid of death. I fear she will join the Intervention Deaths list.

    Posted by The Duchess | August 29, 2017, 7:42 pm
  8. The thing that struck me about Melissa is how “used up” she looks – her face is weathered like someone in their 50s. Her prostitution and online stripping actually made me feel ill – the “little girl” pajamas covering lingerie was really sick. As much as it bothers me, I think it’s super important for the show to document the ugliness of the disease of addiction.

    Posted by The Duchess | August 29, 2017, 7:47 pm
    • It was intense indeed. I thought they might offer help for her boyfriend, but then remembered he had just gotten out of jail. Probably bigger issues for him and not able to leave the area, etc.
      The co-prostituting was something I’ve never heard of either, but there are some sick..sick..sick people out there. Worries me for my daughter.

      Posted by Dee | August 30, 2017, 9:30 am
  9. This is another sad story about an addict who just wasn’t ready to get sober. The crack has thrown her priorities so out of whack that not even the possibility of being reunited with her son was enough to make her give it up. She hasn’t yet hit bottom, and in this case it will probably take her going to prison to get her into recovery. Canadian prisons have good rehab programmes for inmates (better than U.S. prisons) so if she goes to jail the odds are good she’ll be forced into treatment and end up in recovery.

    Posted by Janelle | August 30, 2017, 11:52 am
  10. This episode really broke my heart. You can see the hurt on her face, and how she just has given up. I hope she finds the strength to get clean, and to be reunited with her son. She truly seems she has a great heart. Hopefully she gets clean. My heart goes out for her. i’m rooting for her to get clean.

    Posted by Tish | August 31, 2017, 8:48 am
    • I agree 100%. This was one of the saddest to date. She desperately needs help. I really hope she can turn her life around.

      Posted by Ami | August 31, 2017, 9:34 am
    • My heart breaks for her. She is so much stronger then she thinks she is just so lost. Ive been there, losing my kids was my bottom. Without treatment i got myself sober and got them back after 3 months. Losing hers obiviouslg wasnt her botton. My heart breaks for her, and what her botton will actually be

      Posted by Michelle | August 31, 2017, 6:16 pm
  11. Wow holy moly I fell in love with Andrew here. He broke my whole heart; his empathy and humanity hit me from inside the TV. I hope someday Melissa can hold on to her courage.

    Posted by Renee Sadie | September 3, 2017, 10:11 pm
  12. Canadian here so the Canada eps are my fave. I used to live in Nanaimo so this one really hit home for me. Nanaimo has had a real drug problem for a long time now. I love Andrew. He’s my favourite interventionist out of both countries. His demeanour is always so calm and encouraging. He’s just fantastic. I might have a wee crush on him to be honest lol.

    Posted by Jacey | September 8, 2017, 1:41 pm
  13. It just shows you how the drug takes over your soul – Melissa cooking crack in front of Andrew after he tells her he’s a recovering crack addict… so sad.
    I hope she gets it together.

    Posted by Alyssa | September 14, 2017, 8:50 am
  14. Does anybody know how this girl did after? If she stayed sober, relapsed, never got help at all or God forbid met our maker? This Canadian episode struck me so hard and I’m really hoping the best for this young girl and her son.

    Posted by LeighAnn Byrne | September 18, 2017, 4:19 pm

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