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Episode 250: Brett (Young and Addicted)

Season 19. Episode 8

Age: 20
Location: Fairdale, Kentucky
Addiction: Heroin and Meth

What’s Memorable: Well that was one of the more dramatic interventions. Yay for cousin Kayla getting straight in his face and speaking some hard truths to him. And how many times have we seen someone shooting up during the intervention? Not a lot. It seemed to all come down to the family telling him they wouldn’t support him any more, he wouldn’t have a place to live etc., that did the trick on this one. He was so far gone, and put up such a fight, I honestly didn’t think he was gonna go. He didn’t make it long but hopefully it’ll turn out to be the wake up call he needed to get his shit together because Heather was right, this kid was on the fast track to death or jail.

Official Synopsis: Brett was an only child when his alcoholic father abandoned him. Raised by his mother in her parents’ home, Brett was on his way to success despite their struggles. But when his mom moved them into a new home with her violent boyfriend, Brett’s addiction spiraled.

Date Aired: May 2019
Interventionist:  Heather (Where have we seen her before? Was it the Heroin Triangle?)

Categories: Childhood Violence, Heather, Heroin, Meth, Most Mentally Compromised Addicts, Season 19


36 Responses to “Episode 250: Brett (Young and Addicted)”

  1. I’m liking the subjects but the 2-hour running time of these episodes is realllly bloated, I wish they could cut it back to 60 or 90 mins.

    Posted by ccharlesberresford | May 22, 2019, 7:55 am
  2. Just watched this episode. Man oh man I was praying this kid stuck it out but no such luck. Hopefully rehab put the thought in his head he can get sober and showed him there’s a different world out there. He needs longtime treatment obviously. Tough case this one.

    Posted by Joseph P King | May 22, 2019, 7:56 am
  3. I was so proud of his papaw for stepping up and telling him he had to go or get out… then so disappointed to see he relapsed and they let him come back and continue to use. Unfortunately I don’t think this kid will get it together. Life has been made too kushy for him with his grandparents.

    Posted by Toreigh | May 22, 2019, 1:16 pm
  4. We’re going be reading about this kid’s death pretty soon.

    Posted by JuliePV | May 22, 2019, 3:37 pm
  5. This was so hard to watch…my heart breaks for this kid. May God be with you Brett.

    Posted by Bobbi | May 22, 2019, 6:23 pm
  6. is it just me or does anyone think there was something else going on with Brett, ive seen many meth addicts irl and on tv, but none has ever acted they way he does. his behavior is bizarre, but not like a “meth addict bizarre”, to me it seems childlike, almost like he has a cognitive delay. anyone else think this

    Posted by cosmicexplosion13 | May 22, 2019, 7:04 pm
    • He definitely had some form of mental delay/illness, which may or may not have been cause by his drug use.

      Posted by Stefan | May 22, 2019, 8:31 pm
    • It’s incredibly common – it’s called “Meth Psychosis”. I’m a drug counselor and see it all-too-often.

      Posted by GirlyAlias | May 22, 2019, 9:36 pm
      • I agree that it was likely meth psychosis. Remember Cristina, who had the sweet dad who sang to her, and she was drawing out maps and theories in her bedroom? I’m sure you do. She had that same “wild” quality that Brett demonstrates. There have been a few others in the midst of meth psychosis, but she’s the one who immediately came to mind. Now that I think about it, there was a young man on there who was explosively angry. He ended up shooting himself in the years that followed… 🙁

        Posted by Little Honey | July 14, 2020, 11:07 am
    • I agree – not a good combo.

      Posted by Sue Ellen Hegstrom | May 23, 2019, 9:47 am
    • Also, there’s a chance he has bipolar disorder as well (genetic pre-disposition) or even schizoaffective disorder. Both are aggravated by drug use, and some use it to self-medicate and during rehab, those mental illnesses are discovered.

      Posted by Sue Ellen Hegstrom | May 28, 2019, 7:23 am
    • Check out Clint from Intervention Canada

      Posted by Kitty Katt | July 3, 2019, 1:28 am
  7. Why do people move their kid in with an abuser and think it’s going to end wel?

    Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2019, 11:57 pm
  8. It could be cognitive delay. It could also be the residual neurodevelopmental impact of trauma on his brain. I’m sure he’s had to endure a lot more than what was mentioned on the show. Seeing your mother severely beaten and not having the power to stop it or do anything would be extremely damaging and a lifelong struggle to overcome. It’s common for trauma survivors to “revert” back to the age they were at the time of their trauma(s).

    Posted by Tazz | May 23, 2019, 4:41 am
  9. Brett did leave rehab and continue to over dose several more times but I am happy to say he has been in sober living now for over a month. I can only pray he doesn’t decide to leave. I think this program had a dramatic immact on his life. He just had to do it in his own time and way.

    Posted by Millie coots smith | May 23, 2019, 6:18 am
    • If you have any contact with him tell him there are a lot of people out here praying for him and wishing him well. Took me a while to finally get it and he can too if he keeps on keeping on. Thanks for the update. It sucks not knowing what’s happening with the various people on Intervention after the show has aired.

      Posted by Joe | May 23, 2019, 9:31 am
    • Thank you for this update, Millie. My husband and I always root for these folks, but Brett’s story really broke our hearts. So glad he’s still trying. Everyone deserves a life.

      Posted by Shannon | May 25, 2019, 6:02 pm
    • Millie, I don’t know if you remember me. I watched the show and of course being from Fairdale, knowing Michelle, her being such a strong person, myself being a mother and just couldn’t imagine. I had tears in my eyes. My heart aches for the family. I’m so glad to hear Brett picked up rehab again. He can do this, he’s got a large cheering section. Lots of hugs and prayers to him and the family. He can do this!!!

      Posted by Pamela Eaves | May 29, 2019, 10:13 am
  10. Very sad situation, hurt deeply to watch this episode. Only a few years ago i was absolutely like Brett. I was worse, j had been using like him for about 7 years straight. He has a very very limited time before he is dead or looses his mind permanently. I was one of the lucky ones and had an INCREDIBLY supportive bunch of people who didn’t give up on me and helped me get my life back. I pray that Brett makes a real change soon.

    Posted by Trent | May 23, 2019, 11:47 pm
  11. Dizzy – yes, we saw Heather in the Heroin Triangle episodes. I just love her.

    Posted by JuliePV | May 29, 2019, 8:13 am
  12. it really frustrates me when the family doesn’t hold their bottom line grrrrr! and not just in this episode, but any of them. and when the treatment center asked morgan’s mother to have her stay longer and she said no. luckily morgan continued to do well thankfully, although it’s early on, but lets hope she isn’t wishing at some point that she had listened and they don’t end up right back where they started. sometimes i think these families don’t want their loved ones to get better, but of course i know that’s not true and it’s just the frustration talking. it’s easy to say what people should do from the outside looking in. i know it’s much more difficult and complex when you’re actually in the situation.

    Posted by Brooke | June 27, 2019, 10:04 pm
  13. Hahah this is crazy.. I was in rehab in Austin Texas when this kid showed up. He looked bad man. He only made it 3 days before he discharged.

    Posted by Noah | June 28, 2019, 12:57 pm
  14. Brett’s been arrested 4 times as of April 2018 with the most recent being June 2019.

    Posted by B | September 27, 2019, 1:37 pm
  15. How is Brett now?

    Posted by Av Bell | October 3, 2019, 4:23 pm
  16. Absolutely love Heather, she’s got a very warm and knowledgable approach. Whew Brett was hard to watch, he’s REALLY deep in this addiction, I’m surprised he hasn’t got some serious heath issues but mentally I definitely think there’s been some damage there. Sadly I don’t see him getting clean, for an addict he’s got the “perfect” life, he’s got comfortable home with his grandparents looking after him and driving him around. Bless them both though, lovely people. It’s a real shame..

    Posted by Kayla | January 22, 2020, 4:31 am
  17. Hey everyone who was touched by this episode, I found bretts FB and his cousin kaylas. I didn’t reach out to them personally.

    Brett: https://www.facebook.com/brett.mcintosh.737
    cousin: https://www.facebook.com/kayla.newman.9?comment_id=Y29tbWVudDo1NDQyNjkxMTU2MzgwMDNfNDY0OTEwMg%3D%3D

    It really hurt me to see this one. I’m 25 and it feels like brett could’ve been my little brother. Had a lot of abandonment problems myself, and was addicted to drugs for a while, but I got sober finally but it took me many attempts. I hope he’s doing alright, it’s a rough world out there.

    Posted by Will | April 6, 2020, 10:09 am
  18. Rico was arrested today for breaking and entering

    Posted by Steven Cheshire | May 23, 2020, 11:27 pm
  19. Isn’t Heather from Intervention Canada?

    Posted by Bethany | July 27, 2020, 8:11 am
  20. I really think that Brett’s mother was on some substance as well. There’s just no way. I suffer from mental illness, and although she does as well, there is some type of drug involved. Weather prescribed or not legal or not. I believe she’s abusing something

    Posted by jess | August 10, 2020, 2:34 pm

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