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Season 22, Episode 17 (Intervention Canada)

Travis
Age: 48
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Addiction: Crack

Official Synopsis:  An entrepreneur from a young age, Travis turned a modest lawn-mowing business into a multi-million-dollar landscaping company. To get it done, he worked long hours and dabbled with stimulants. When his beloved sister tragically succumbed to cancer, Travis was devastated. Rather than fulfill the promise he made to her to take care of her children, Travis escalated his cocaine use massively to help him cope with the grief. Within a few short years, everything he’d worked so hard to build–including his marriage–had crumbled amidst the chaos of his now daily use of lethal amounts of crack cocaine. With his business near bankruptcy and his family at a breaking point, can Travis turn it all around before tragedy strikes his clan a second time?

What’s Memorable:  How he left his large landscaping company to his wife to take care of on her own so that he can smoke crack with randos in his sister’s hours and then gets angry about her business decisions – honestly I was feeling really bad for Travis until I saw the way he treats her. Yikes. His anger towards her is pretty terrifying. He seems just so miserable here, really glad to see that he was still clean at the end.

Interventionist: Maureen Brine
Date Aired: July 5, 2021  (Aired as Intervention Canada Season 4 Episode 18, on July 22, 2019)

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  1. AMA

    I just finished this episode, and I am really struck by the two different sides of Travis. There’s the grief-stricken, heartbroken man consumed with guilt…and then there’s the explosively angry addict whose self-loathing is so toxic it’s basically coming out of his pores. Travis’ rage at discovering the “documentary” was actually an intervention wasn’t new; quite a few addicts have had that same reaction, but to the best of my knowledge he’s the first to be so angry he refuses the follow-up interview!

    1. Gigi

      I know…it was incredibly frustrating to not get a follow up!

      1. Stefan

        I was honestly surprised that he didn’t bail on going to treatment as he went on the plane alone.

    2. Kitty Katt

      I’ve known a lot of people who were the same way Travis. Sweet as can be when they were straight and evil as can be when drunk or high.

  2. StinkWhistle

    I would be shocked if Travis were still sober. Hope he is, but… does anyone know?

    1. Becky

      Travis passed July 7th 2021

      1. Melissity

        That’s sad to hear. Has it been published anywhere for conformation?

      2. Todd

        To Becky – did Travis really pass? That’s awful if he did but I must say – I wouldn’t be surprised.

      3. Kitty Katt

        How do you know he passed? Do you have a link to his obituary?

  3. mariamartinez

    It looks like he’s been arrested several times since this episode was made, most recently in March 2021 for drug related offenses. I think we can be sure he did not stay sober for very long. I hope Tiffany has moved on and stopped feeling so guilty.

    1. Kitty Katt

      What’s his last name? Do you have a link to the arrests?

      1. Todd

        Yep, that’s him. Too many coincidences for it not to be. I didn’t think he would stay clean. Looks like I was right. Thanks to KCB for the link.

      2. Todd

        I’m still wondering if he died. A poster here said he passed this month (July). I still haven’t seen that verified. I noticed the crime occurred in April so it is possible he did die in July. I sure would like to know what happened.

      3. Todd

        Correction – The crime Travis likely committed occurred in March, not April, of this year.

      4. Todd

        I just checked around and the poster that said Travis was arrested several times is correct. This is the most salient of his arrests…..

        https://www.chch.com/100k-in-drugs-and-105k-in-cash-seized-in-drug-trafficking-investigation/

      5. Todd

        Hey Kitty Katt – yeah I saw that one, too. The guy is a mess. What a shame.

  4. Todd

    A couple of things bothered me about this episode. First of all, Travis himself. This guy is literally a walking advertisement to never use substances. He’s erratic, volatile, half out of his mind. I don’t think he’ll ever clean up his act. The guy is just too crazy. I do hope though that he proves me wrong. The other thing that bothered me is how could a so called mulitmillion dollar business go down the tubes so quickly? It would make sense if an untrustworthy (or just plain stupid) individual took over. This is not the case – his wife was not stupid. Even with him going bananas she had the good sense to keep money out of his hands. She was sober headed and clear thinking – not one to make the erratic mistakes I’m sure Travis did. It would seem to me that business would even improve under her watch. So, I don’t get how TNT (if in fact it really was a massively successful multimillion dollar operation) could hit the skids so quickly. Maybe it wasn’t all that successful to begin with.

    1. Chris

      Travis is a human being like all of us, with his own talents and struggles. You must not know any people who run their own small business, because a business can suffer quickly and seriously when the proprietor becomes unstable and can’t be depended on. His wife wasn’t a distant third party who could just step in and take the wheel – she was in it with him, that’s her husband. That sort of situation brings an incredible amount of stress, and I can imagine she might not have been dancing into work everyday to handle things efficiently when her entire life was crumbling behind the scenes.

      I hope Travis and his family and friends have found health and happiness, I’m certainly rooting for all of them.

      1. Todd

        Actually Chris I do (I know people who run their own small business’s). But I don’t consider what was advertised as a multimillion dollar business as a small business. I didn’t get the impression his wife was not up to the task of taking over for him. She’s clear headed and stable. I would think she made good decisions that Travis argued about because he’s on drugs and isn’t thinking right. In other words the stress you are talking about came from him and not her. I don’t think it would have mattered if Warren Buffet took over – Travis still would have yelled and screamed. The guy was a mess.

      2. Kitty Katt

        Absolutely right! It’s kind of like the saying “the wife is the last one to know” except this is about a business and not a marital affair.
        A lot can happen before the other spouse (business partner) finally realizes what’s going on. By then, it’s almost too late to recoup. It’s easier to hide shit from a business partner who’s your husband/wife then it is from someone who is not your spouse. When it’s a 3rd party, they stay on top of things and are equally aware of how the business is doing and what profit they have invested into the business.

    2. julia

      err.. to be honest, i don’t think the business itself matters and deserves so much thinking and analysing here

    3. Kitty Katt

      A business such as theirs can fold over pretty quickly without the other party (wife or husband) knowing until it’s too late. I think that’s what happened here. She took over a little too late. He obviously owed more than what they had. It’s why she mentions about taking the machinery because she knew he would sell them for drugs and they would owe even more. It’s really not that hard to lose everything, especially if your business partner is fooled into thinking everything is coming up roses. In this case, I think she realized a little too late as to what was really going on because I think he put up a good act and probably made the books look good to when in fact he was smoking up all the profits.

      1. Todd

        That makes perfect sense Kitty Katt. By the time the wife took over, it was already too late. And I was probably right in what I said in that in fact, it wasn’t a multi-million dollar operation. What it probably really was is like that guy that drives around a 40000 car and acts like a big shot. Then you find out he owes 39500 on the car. Or the person that acts like they have a great house – yet in fact are holding a mortgage larger than what the house is worth. I’ve seen it over and over in my life. I believe Travis had some big contracts, but I also believe he owed more on the business than it was worth. Therefore it was not a multi-million dollar business. And again , what you say about the wife is probably what happened – by the time she stepped in the entire business was nothing but a debt filled mess.

  5. Andrea Bennett

    Has anyone been able to confirm if Travis passed?

    1. Kitty Katt

      Maybe I missed something…..what makes you think he passed away?

  6. Chrissy

    I don’t think that Maureen was the right interventionist for him.

    1. Kitty Katt

      To be honest, I don’t think Maureen is the right one for anyone. JMO
      I only recently found out that she was never an addict/alcoholic which I always thought you had to be in order to have the skills to go for an interventionist. She claims her son was an addict and has plenty of knowledge in researching it but I still don’t feel it’s the same thing as being one. You literally have to be in an addicts shoes to really understand what it’s like to be an addict. Unfortunately, she comes up short each time for me. I just don’t care for her.

      1. AMA

        I agree with you. Maureen is just hard to watch. She reminds me of a therapist I had who thought combining tough love and over sharing/projection made for an effective therapeutic approach. The emotional output of that therapist never felt warm. It came across as condescending and out of touch simultaneously. And that’s exactly how Maureen comes across to me.

  7. Kitty Katt

    How did Travis end up living in his sister’s house when she had a husband and kids? Why would anyone allow him to live in there anyway? Why was he also allowed to trash the place and have different addicts, men and women who he barely knew stay with him?

  8. Tori

    Just here for an update – I saw a few comments saying that he passed away and that he got arrested for drug charges, does anyone have the link receipts for either?