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Robert (intervention Canada)

Season 16, Episode 13

Robert (Robbie)
Age:  28
Location:  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Addiction: GHB, Meth

What’s Memorable: This one is absolutely heartbreaking and it’s one of the most moving and uplifting episodes of Intervention ever. The family dynamics of the 3 adult children here are clearly the fault of neglectful and absent family members. I think that’s what Andrew was getting at during the Intervention – yeah mom was the huge fuck up who did everything exactly wrong but where was everyone else? There were 3 kids here that needed family and no one was there for them. The sisters had to parent their little brother, feel helpless when he wanted to stay with the mom who sold him off, had to see him being horribly abused, and weren’t able do anything about any of it. As adults, with all those guilt issues weighing on them, they are trying to reconnect and do something to help him in his pain. The dinner they all had together -you could feel Robbie’s sense of being out of place, of wanting to be able to talk to his sisters but not having the tools to say anything meaningful, despite how he may have felt about being with them again. The intervention was one of the best I’ve seen. Andrew rocked it, and the followup was amazing. Dammit I love this episode.

Official Synopsis: Sweet, adorable and with a shock of blond hair, young Robbie was doted on by his two older sisters, Cara and Kristy. The trio were inseparable. Even as their home life descended into chaos when their mother turned to drugs and prostitution, the three siblings took care of each other. When the situation got worse and they were sent to foster care, they still stuck together. But eventually 11-year-old Robbie would separate from his sisters, escaping foster care to search for his wayward mother. He found her, only to follow her down a heart-breaking path of destructive drug use. Now 28, Robbie’s sisters unite to see if there’s any chance of saving their little brother and becoming a family again.

Date Aired:  January 2017

Categories: Addicted Parent, Childhood Sexual Abuse, GHB, Intervention Canada Episodes, Meth, Most Uplifting Episodes, Other Addiction Shows


15 Responses to “Robert (intervention Canada)”

  1. This was honestly the most heartbreaking episode for me personally. I felt like he struggled so much with the physical interaction with his family because of the abuse he endured as a child. You could tell he was so worried he’d say the wrong thing or that he’d make someone upset. It was just heartbreaking.. even in recovery he seemed so sad behind the smile it just hurt i want to give him such a huge hug… such an amazing human being and i pray he stays sober

    Posted by JBoogie | October 25, 2017, 12:55 am
  2. I loved this episode. The anguish he must of held inside through his childhood. You can tell he is s good soul and I fell in love with his spirit and soul. I hope he stays clean and should get a follow up. I’d love to know where his story has gone.

    Posted by Cassandra Robertson | December 11, 2017, 8:06 pm
  3. What a great episode! I find it amazing how after all he’s been through he’s still so kind, generous and respectful. I hope this guy is doing well…he deserves it.

    Posted by Martin Garcia | December 16, 2017, 2:29 pm
  4. I cried my ass off at the end , couldnt hold it in ! What a lovely, brave and strong man. YOu are a real inspiration Robbie. xx

    Posted by Becs Smith | January 9, 2018, 2:33 am
  5. I have never wanted to hug someone more. To know just a tiny bit of what he went through and to know he is still so caring is a lesson for us all. Im rooting for you!

    Posted by Allison | January 12, 2018, 8:14 am
  6. Wow, what an incredible episode. My heart ached for this man, he was never given a chance in life and was so intensely hurt so young. At the end of the episode I was ready to be so upset when it says he left after 3 days or whatever like the Canada ones usually do, but I just started SOBBING when i saw that he stayed, and to see him with his sister at the end, with her so overwhelmed with relief and joy…it was absolutely beautiful.

    Posted by Grace | January 19, 2018, 11:55 pm
  7. Robbie we are rooting for you!! I pray that you are still sober and clean. This episode is so heart wrenching because even with all the hurt that you went through he was still able to be kind to others. God bless you Robbie, take it one day at a time.

    Posted by Tina | January 27, 2018, 5:47 am
  8. Can someone tell me what the girlfriend Kathy was doing with the credit card when she was trying to wake him up? I didn’t understand that part

    Posted by Adriana | February 20, 2018, 6:31 am
  9. What an amazing episode. I hope that robbie stayed sober. He seems like such a sweet and kind soul. I don’t think I’ve wanted to hug someone so much!

    Posted by Laura | February 23, 2018, 5:22 am
  10. any updates on him!! what a wonderful person!

    Posted by Stace | April 22, 2018, 6:44 pm
  11. Wow this was such an upsetting episode. He was sexually abused throughout his entire childhood and sold by his mother of all people. I hope he finds happiness in his life because he deserves it.

    They never really talked about the mother. I wonder what ever happened to her. Perhaps I missed it. The maternal grandmother seem so distant and unwilling to accept that her daughter caused so many of these kids problems.

    This is why early intervention in childhood is key. This kid slipped through the cracks.

    Posted by Heather | May 24, 2018, 3:15 pm
  12. You are so amazing. I think about your story daily and would love to talk to Robby in person someday I don’t know if he sees these but it’s worth a shot.

    Posted by Jennifer walsh | June 20, 2018, 5:00 pm
  13. I just watched Robbie’s episode. I cried a river of tears. He is such an amazing, adorable soul. Please, let me know he is doing great. He deserves it.

    Posted by Lucy Silva | September 21, 2018, 3:09 pm
  14. I have never felt my heart go out to someone on this show as much as it went out to Robbie. He was gracious and kind and thought about everyone else before himsef, even after a life full of so much pain and betrayal. I can’t even sleep because I’m so distraught over what he went through… I bawled my eyes out through the whole episode. Thank God Robbie you made it! I want an update! Someone tell us if Robbie is okay! He has a fan club cheering him on and we all see the beautiful soul in him! I am praying for you…Keep fighting the good fight, we love you Robbie! (Also my son’s name). 💗💗💗

    Posted by Amy T | October 5, 2018, 12:47 am

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