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Episode 257: Melanie

Season 21, Episode 1

Melanie
Age: 25
Location: Sudbury, Ontario
Addiction: Crack

Official Synopsis:Melanie was just eight months old when her dad committed suicide. Her mother’s subsequent trauma went untreated, and she struggled raising her three kids. Melanie, the youngest, suffered the most. She began acting out and getting in trouble to gain attention. When she was nine, she was diagnosed and medicated for ADHD. Then, at 14, Melanie was introduced to crack cocaine by an older boyfriend. She was instantly hooked and ended up in rehab at 15. Melanie got clean and turned things around, going back to school and becoming a Personal Support Worker – a vocation that she loved. At 19, shortly after a breakup, Melanie found out she was pregnant and her ex-boyfriend wanted no part of being a father. She loved her son and was a good mother but, four months after giving birth, she became depressed and starting using crack cocaine again. Now, five years later, Melanie is saddled with a severe addiction. Without an intervention, Melanie will lose custody of her son, or worse, lose her life.

Date Aired: July 20, 2020 in US, originally aired as in Intervention Canada episode on October 20, 2018 on CBC Documentary Channel

Interventionist: Andrew

Categories: Crack, Death of Loved One, Intervention Canada Episodes, Season 21, Traumatic Incident

Discussion

28 Responses to “Episode 257: Melanie”

  1. Yay so happy it’s back to the old style of intervention episodes! Also im currently watching and I’m wondering if anyone caught on to where this episode was located? She mentioned something about the one dealer she got from was the cheapest in Sudbury.

    Posted by Kimbo | July 20, 2020, 7:26 pm
  2. I am THRILLED! I saw the promo for the new season a week ago and thought “how do I get in touch with Dizzy?!?!?” They’ve seriously UNDER-promoted it, which is a shame as its quality television. Hopefully it’s a good, long season (and not comprised of “previously unseen” episodes of Intervention Canada).

    Posted by Rob | July 20, 2020, 11:19 pm
  3. I’m so glad the they are back with more episodes. This show made me want to go to rehab, so glad I did.

    Posted by Stormie | July 21, 2020, 7:09 pm
  4. I was so excited at the end of the episode, it looked like Melanie would be, as the counselor said, a “success story”. She looked great. But then, boom, it said she quit rehab and relapsed. It was so disappointing. I feel so bad for her son…it looked like he loved his mother so much, but his mother loved the crack pipe more. Sad he has to be a part of that.

    Posted by Seth | July 22, 2020, 4:00 pm
  5. I really truly enjoyed Andrew as the interventionist. I hope Melanie eventually finds it in her to change for Kaleb, her family, and most importantly herself.

    Posted by Alaina | July 26, 2020, 4:52 pm
  6. I don’t think she has a rock bottom. Reading that news article about what happened to her almost made me cry. There is nothing deeper than that.

    I believe this is her last chance. If she will mess it up again, she’ll either die from crack or someone will end her life. This whole thing is absolutely tragic.

    Posted by AK | July 28, 2020, 4:04 am
  7. I am not much better than most ppl on this show except for the fact u don’t a use my loved ones to make them drive into to high crime areas to get drugs and use in fro t of them.in some states the vehiles can be seized because it was used in the commission of a crime. It doesn’t matter if its her moms car who’s not using drugs just helping her daughter to get medicine.
    Then theses parents say they would do anything in the world for their kid (after they get high) but won’t even pay the kid any attention before they get dope first. If I had kids I’m sure I’d be the same way.
    But I actually want to talk about the real star of the show,her friend ashley. She is beautiful beyond belief, like the vision that first set fire to the stars. On top of being how beautiful she is she has a heart of gold for helping her friend.if IF I wasn’t married to a beautiful girl like Ashley I would have to search for her.

    Posted by jube | July 28, 2020, 4:28 am
  8. This episode was heartbreaking! As someone who found sobriety 10 years ago I can say that it truly is 1 day at a time. In the beginning I pushed back on support meetings, now I go to meetings because I TRULY enjoy them. I have never left a meeting feeling it was a waste of time, I leave always feeling such gratitude that by the grace of my higher power I am still walking a clean & sober path. My heart has such sadness that Melanie couldn’t hold onto her sobriety. I, along with all addicts I’m sure, completely understand the control that drugs or alcohol have over us. I will keep Melanie along with all those who are suffering with their sobriety in my prayers. If you are struggling, find a meeting! You don’t have to say 1 word, just listen with an open heart & mind. You could not be in a safer environment where you are not judged, you are supported. 1 second, 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day take it slow. Give yourself a break and realize that you are worth saving!

    Posted by Rit | July 28, 2020, 5:49 pm
  9. 😞 Just read the article below. Really hoping she doesn’t take this release for granted. Her son deserves better. Sad to hear she’s endured even more trauma

    https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/runaway-train-bound-to-crash/amp

    “ The court had heard that Beskorowany had been “branded” by one of her human traffickers on the right ankle, producing a serious infection, and that following her bail release early in 2020, she was viciously sexually assaulted, producing internal damage that will require surgery to correct. Beskorowany was also moved around the province by the human traffickers, which resulted in charges in the other four cities, and was involved in a brothel in Barrie…”

    Posted by Britty | July 28, 2020, 11:11 pm
  10. *Reposting my comment because I think I put the wrong email and made typos in the previous one LOL I am watching the episode and typing at the same time my b*
    A lot was upsetting about this episode but at one specific point I was getting upset WITH Melanie and it was when she was panicking and having bad anxiety at her sons birthday party and her friend kept trying to touch her and get close to her space and just KEPT touching her even after Melanie repeatedly said to stop. And then her friend was crying to her mom like “she won’t let me touch her!!” And I get it’s hard but like, when I get bad anxiety I don’t like being touched either. I don’t like people close to my face ESPECIALLY after I tell them to stop, so Melanie was completely valid in reacting how she was! A lot people during anxiety attacks DO NOT want to be touched and crowded. I know the friend meant well, but you have to listen when people having anxiety tell you to stop touching them. Also, I’m a recovering cocaine addict (almost a year clean) and whenever I did too much I would get bad anxiety just like that, and the LAST thing I wanted was to be touched by anyone, it’s like overwhelming and terrible. So yeah that’s my opinion on that lol

    Posted by Elizabeth | July 29, 2020, 9:16 pm

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