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Season 22, Episode 16 (Intervention Canada)

Age: 27
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Addiction: Crack

Official Synopsis: An adopted child whose parents divorced when she was a teenager, Caitlin hid from her attachment wounds by overachieving in school and sports. Her focus and drive led her to a promising career in nursing, but she would regularly binge drink alcohol on weekends. At 24, she tried crack cocaine at a party and was instantly hooked on the numbing effects it provided. Before long she’d lost her job, blown $60,000 in savings and racked up a substantial criminal record. Later that year, when a close friend overdosed and died, Caitlin’s descent into addiction became unstoppable. Now 26, Caitlin continues to bury her grief with crack cocaine, as her parents and friends attempt to intervene and save her life.

What’s Memorable: How quickly her addiction became full blown once she started, meeting her birth mother at the grocery store, smoking crack in front of her upset parents like it’s no big, her cruel behavior at the intervention. Was anyone else surprised to find out that Maureen was never an addict? I guess I’ve always felt like there was something different about her, not quite at the same level as the other interventionists, but I’m shocked that someone without their own history of addiction (other than co-dependency) would make it that far in the intervention industry. And I have to say, yes Caitlin did go to treatment, but I wonder how much more effective the intervention process would have been in terms of staying sober if Seth or Michael Gonzales had been running the show. I feel like she needed a different approach than what Maureen could offer.

Interventionist: Maureen Brine
Date Aired: July 5, 2021  (Aired as Intervention Canada Season 4 Episode 17, on July 8, 2019)

All comments.

  1. Lauren

    Any updates on her? Just watched her episode. Sad to see she relapsed but I hate to say I saw it coming.

    1. Gigi

      I’m curious why you saw a relapse coming? Caitlin is definitely a tough one…I feel like she minimized the impact that a lot of things had on her.

      1. Stefan

        I saw it coming as soon as it was revealed that she returned home.

      2. Beth White

        I saw it coming when I saw her downcast eyes and sad face (shot provided by producers, obviously to aid in storytelling) right before they segued to the update screen.

    2. Todd

      I did too. It’s the first thing I said to myself when they were showing Caitlin in treatment – “This girl will never stay clean”. I felt she had too big of an ego, was too obstinate and way to combative to conform to the ideals of recovery. As a matter of fact, I predict the only thing that will stop her from using is death. She’s just too full of herself. For someone to quit, IMO anyway, they have to look in the mirror and make a firm declaration “Hey, I’m doing something wrong, I need to change but I can’t do it on my own, I need some help, and I’m going to listen”. Mark my words – Caitlin will never make that declaration.

  2. Doobie Miles

    Is it just me or is this interventionist the worst of all time? This is two episodes in a row she chased the addict herself when almost every other interventionist picks someone close as the chaser. She’s pretty bad at getting people to say yes quickly.

    1. Dizzy

      I agree, at the very least I don’t think she’s very well suited for dealing with combative subjects or runners.

      1. Gigi

        I have really tried to give Maureen the benefit of the doubt but I think this intervention definitely shined a light on her limitations. I think an emotional connection to the interventionist could have made a big difference for Caitlin.

      2. Kitty Katt

        Honestly, I think she just sucks…period.

    2. Jay

      Not just you, I was just sitting here thinking, “Where did they find this moron?” Hell, after seeing this episode, I thought, “I don’t even use, but this woman makes me want to smoke crack.” Can’t help but wonder if Caitlin’s biological mother could make a huge difference for Caitlin.

    3. Rob

      I totally agree. Maureen can be downright combative as soon as the addict walks into the door. Not everyone needs that kind of approach; sometimes I feel like she needs to win, more than she wants to help. It was revealed in this episode (and maybe before that) that she’s never been an addict herself – maybe that’s why she has trouble putting herself into the shoes of an addict. I can’t imagine the emotional turmoil of walking into that BIG REVEAL, especially after several sleepless nights of binge using.

    4. Beth White

      I just saw the one on Clayton last night and the interventionist told the family that if he leaves the intervention, that HE would be the one to go after him; that’s the way it’s done. I was surprised as well because in the episodes I’ve seen over the years the interventionist usually nods to or pre-arranges with a family member to go after them should they get up and leave.

  3. Todd

    Agreed with Gigi on Maureen. She isn’t all that good as an Interventionist. The one I see coming along nicely is Jesse – maybe he’ll get more airtime. Anyway onto Caitlin. OMG she is terrible. I was getting serious Katie Y vibes on her. I felt so sorry for her adopted Mother who obviously sincerely loves the girl. Caitlin has a bad attitude and is completely full of herself. No regard for anyone on the planet but herself (just like Katie Y). In her brief interview from treatment I said to myself “There is no way this girl stays clean”. Sure enough I was right.

    1. Restless soul

      When you say katie y is that the one with older religious parents? Yea, i could never imagine just smoking in front of them like that. Shes obviously seeking attention with it. One thing thst stands out to me in the canadian ones is how nice the family usually is. They put up with a lot, but dont make scenes about others use. I respect that in a way. Its like they have empathy and dont judge ya know? Id kill for some family ñike that.

      1. Stefan

        Canadians are generally just better, more compassionate people I’ve found.

      2. Todd

        You should take a look at Katie Y’s episode and I believe you will see what I mean. The personas are very similar. Both of them selfish beyond belief – thinking the entire world revolves around them. Not taking a second to consider anyone else. As far as older religious parents for Katie Y no that is not the case. Katie also had a supportive family but her Mother and one of her Sisters have given up on her (understandable given Katie’s 13 rehab failures). However, Katie’s Father and one of her Sisters still stand behind her. Caitlin has two parents that love her very much. So, I suppose there is some similarity there as well.

      3. Gigi

        I think you’re thinking of Katherine from Syracuse

      4. Kitty Katt

        Katherine C is the one with the older parents.

      5. Kitty Katt

        That was Katherine C wit the older religious parents. Katie Y is a totally different episode.

  4. April S

    I’m not sure having her ex-party buddies there was much help. It really irked me when her “friend” Michael said, “She became the Debbie-Downer” in regards to her cleaning her act up and going to nursing school. Like, dude, she’s not out partying with ya’ll anymore and is trying to better her life and you think she’s a Debbie-Downer? What a d*bag.

    1. Kitty Katt

      He annoyed me from the minute he first came on and all the way to the end.

      1. Stefan

        It’s nice to know I wasn’t the only one lol

  5. Xlio

    This takes the cake for unabashed use. Smoking in her mother’s car and basically hot boxing her poor mom with those fumes. I hope she gets help and her family does as well.

    1. Xlio

      Also, this episode made me like Maureen a whole lot more. I like when she got tough with her.

      1. Stefan

        Yah I was surprised by that. A huge change from when we first saw her as Meghan’s interventionist and she simply said, “okay, go” when she left the intervention.

  6. AMA

    Caitlin’s episode is so emotionally draining to watch. Most of the time, I can get through these episodes finding at least something redeeming about the subject—even if it’s just gaining an understanding of the trauma that delivered them into their addiction in the first place. It was so much harder with Caitlin’s episode. Even the loss of her best friend did little to humanize her. She seemed so incredibly volatile and angry at everyone and seemingly without any comprehension of why. I don’t mean to suggest her life was perfect, because even her father said she has a lot of trauma. But it felt like so much was left unsaid in this episode, and as is often said in recovery circles, secrets keep us sick. So I wasn’t surprised that she relapsed. I hope she can turn her life around..

    1. Chris

      I felt the same way you did watching this episode, it was exhausting to watch her abuse everyone in her presence. Like others here, I did not have a good feeling about her maintaining sobriety, as I believe drug addiction is the tip of the iceberg of her issues. She appears to be struggling with serious physiological mental illness, as well as a variety of personality disorders. It is an overwhelming, tangled mess when you look at it all at once, but with time and dedication she CAN learn to manage one day at a time and live a healthy life. I am sending sincere wishes for the health and happiness of Caitlin and her family.

  7. Kitty Katt

    To be honest, I never liked Maureen. Just something about her made me feel that way. Now I know why. She never was an addict herself which I think speaks volumes when you are dealing with an addict, one on one. Yes, you can know an addict, live with an addict, love an addict, but it really takes an addict to know an addict…imo. I now know why, to me, she just never really fit in with the other interventionists. It makes sense now. I just don’t think she has anything really solid going for her when dealing with addicts especially the hard core, stubborn and run away ones that are usually the case. JMO

    1. Rob

      I just said the exact same thing in another comment! Having addiction in the family is very different than being an addict yourself. I don’t think Maureen is cut out to be an interventionist – her education and experience should be used in a different part of the field.

  8. alice schmid

    think how different his would have been with Ken, or jeff?

    1. April

      Ken or Candy would have knocked this one out of the park! I really don’t think Maureen is fit to be an Interventionist, maybe ana Counselor at best.

      1. Xlio

        Candy is ALWAYS the best choice but maybe I’m biased as she is my favorite. I just think she’s equipped to handle almost any addict

  9. alice schmid

    this interventionist ha obvously had a lot of facial plastic surgery which makes me wonder about her mindset in terms of facing head on, truth and honesty.

  10. Kitty Katt

    I was disgusted with Caitlin when she took out her crack pipe in the car and blew the smoke in her mother’s face, asking her if she got high over it. I didn’t care for her to begin with but when I saw that, she just made me sick. WTF?

    1. Todd

      100% agreed. And also you are correct Kitty Katt. Katie Y is from Wilkes Barre, PA. She’s the former Irish dancer. She’s a lot like Caitlin in her selfishness and total disregard of other people. As far as Katherine C, I don’t even know who that is.

      1. Kitty Katt

        Hey Todd, Katherine C is a great episode to watch. It’s mind boggling as the parents are so religious and Katherine does drugs all day long in their house, right in their face. Her parents are extreme enablers as you will see at the end on what happens. Good episode to watch.

  11. IggysFinest05

    Anyone else think the show made way too little out of how damn violent she clearly can be? Like multiple assault and assault with deadly weapons charge….she’s like bad bad news.

  12. Melissity

    I may have missed it…. Why did her bio mom not participate in the documentary? Her adoptive mom said that she had “washed her hands of her” but did the documentary make any statement about why or when Caitlin and her bio mom were no longer in contact? I would assume it was the addiction.

    1. Elizabeth

      Yeah she said she doesn’t have a relationship with her birth mom because of “her choices”, that being her addiction

  13. julia

    i’m far from having a specific opinion about interventions and how interventionists are supposed to be, but i’m very ”hmmm..” about maureen. very distant and unrelatable, very harsh in the wrong way. since she left for treatment i wasnt hopeful, but i’m wishing her, her family and friends the best.

  14. Elizabeth

    Came here just to see if anyone was as freaked out by the fleas as I was lol. The fleas all over her feet oh my god, it was SO gross to me, and I understand that feeling since one time my dog got fleas and getting rid of them was a nightmare. UGH. After I watched those scenes I just felt like my skin was crawling for hours lol I don’t want to be mean in case she ever reads this (not your fault fleas were everywhere) but it was SO GROSS haha ah

  15. MsDiaz

    I grew up with her and I was a good friend I was sure sad to see her get involved with the wrong crow and not being able to help. She had such a bright future and she can still achieve that. She just needs the right support of friends.

  16. Mr B

    My thoughts as I watched the episode:
    * Kind of a boring episode
    * Fleas?! Yuck!
    * A gorgeous young lady!
    * I actually liked how she talked back to Maureen.
    * Dammit she relapsed, that’s so sad!
    * I wish Andrew Galloway had been her interventionist. I think he might have connected better with her.

  17. Dana

    Does anyone else think she looks super high in the scene with her mom in the kitchen, when her mom is hugging her, after she gets back from rehab?

    1. Rowen

      She could of been. I thought she looked exceptionally uncomfortable with her mother holding her from behind like that and talking to her as if she was a small child. That would have made me uncomfortable too, especially given the complex attachment trauma that she experienced. I could tell in that moment by the look on her face that she would likely relapse. I hope she finds peace.

    2. Amanda

      I thought the same thing and also agree with Rowan. She looked extremely uncomfortable with her mom holding her like that. I was cringing.

  18. Shakes studios

    This girl is the worst. I actually pray for everyone on this show,I absolutely hate seeing people doing so much better just to go relapse when getting back home. But I had a bad feeling about this girt,her damn ego is so out of control. She’s never going to get better if she doesn’t get a handle on it. She really should have went to sober living, in another city so she could actually work at a life of sobriety. The way she treats her parents absolutely makes me sick. Also I agree with everyone on Maureen, this is a matter of life and death and she really doesn’t understand addiction as she’s never been through it. They should really rethink having her as an interventionist. She definitely doesn’t have what it takes to get through these people, it’s really a shame. I pray she can pull it together, but I don’t think it will happen any time soon. I definitely pray for her parents who are going through this hell. So sad.

  19. Albert

    I’m not sure why everyone is bagging on Maureen. She did get her to accept and go to treatment. Would have Candy or Ken as the interventionist made her less likely to relapse. I doubt it.

    Sending her home instead of to sober living and a new city was a big mistake. Correct me if I wrong but It seems the participants who are most successful stay away from their old stomping grounds.

    1. Kitty Katt

      People are talking about Maureen in general as an interventionist as well. Most of the opinions here are from watching all her other episodes as well as this one. Also, she’s the only interventionist on here who never had an addiction so doesn’t fully understand what it’s like to be an addict. That in itself bothers people too. But, it’s just an opinion that people are giving which we are all entitled to….good or bad.