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Episode 239: Chelan

Season 21, Episode 3

Age: 29
Location: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Addiction: Heroin

Official Synopsis: Chelan was a devoted wife and mother until the breakup of her marriage sent her spiraling into the world of prescription opioid abuse. Three short years later, Chelan is homeless, supporting a full-blown heroin addiction by working as a prostitute.

What’s Memorable: Has there ever been a more uncomfortable nodding-off scene than this one, right in the middle of a family dinner, everyone just eating their meals having to listen to her slur and watch her repeatedly nod off mid-sentence? Excruciating. For everyone involved.

Date Aired: August 3, 2020 in US, aired as Intervention Canada Season 3 in 2018.

Interventionist Maureen

Categories: Heroin, Intervention Canada Episodes, Season 21

Discussion

24 Responses to “Episode 239: Chelan”

  1. As I was watching this episode, I literally thought omg I hope Dizzy puts this dinner as what’s memorable! I was watching my screen and said, ugh I cannot watch this (of course still did lol). So sad, and her dad crying 🙁 I could not believe how messed up she was. I hope Chelan is still doing well I’m rooting for her!

    Posted by Elizabeth | August 4, 2020, 11:20 pm
  2. I was really shocked at her young age. Rough living really aged her. I hope she’s still doing well, she looked better after some treatment.

    Posted by Xlio | August 4, 2020, 11:26 pm
  3. she went to rehab in the winter, presumably 7-8 months ago. How is she doing now?

    Posted by Alice Schmid | August 17, 2020, 10:11 am
  4. Did anyone else get major Sam vibes from Chelan? From the purple, bobbed hair to the heroin addiction mixed with father issues?

    Posted by Rinna | August 17, 2020, 11:38 am
  5. WHOA…I haven’t even gotten to the dinner part of the episode yet. I’m watching now and I can’t remember seeing a more f*cked up immediate reaction from drug use as what happened to her in the bathroom. That was terrifying to watch; I can’t imagine what it was like to be in the room when it happened. It just kept going and going…

    This show makes me never, ever want to touch drugs again.

    Posted by Rob | August 21, 2020, 3:30 am
  6. Something tells me she won’t make it.She was way too into the hussle in active addiction.

    Posted by Marie | August 26, 2020, 3:41 pm
  7. I wish i could say Chelan was still clean today, its not the case. We no longer and much contact with her, just know that she is alive. She is living on and off the streets

    Posted by Tasha Buckman | August 27, 2020, 7:13 am
  8. Another thing that really shook me during this episode: when Chelan is with those 2 really young addicts in the alley, all of them using, and she casually mentions that she has children. You can see the young female, for one split second, think to herself “is this the direction my life is really heading?”

    And then, the thought is gone 🙁

    Posted by Rob | September 9, 2020, 1:52 am
    • That moment stocks with me too! She looked so young and shocked.

      Posted by Courtney | September 10, 2020, 2:49 pm
    • This stuck with me too! I’m glad they showed her reaction, you could see her actually process the words and think about the prospect of that becoming her life, but then she just shrugged it off.

      Posted by Elle | September 11, 2020, 10:59 pm
    • Dude yes exactly that moment. It was so… strange? to see her with those young kids and then she said that and like you said that girls face, being so shocked and probably thinking damn is this about to be me? And then it was gone. It was such an unsettling feeling for me because I’ve been that young kid around someone way older than me and doing drugs (aka just smoking weed and some 26 year old is w us high schoolers lol) and thinking oh god is this going to be me? THANK GOD it is not lol hopefully those kids get their lives together before they become like Chelan 🙁 so sad to see such young teens doing hard drugs in some sketchy area 🙁 and hopefully Chelan, who is still young too, gets her shit together also!! Sad all around.

      Posted by Elizabeth | September 18, 2020, 2:48 am

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