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Season 22, Episode 18 (Intervention Canada)

Age: 35
Location: Lake Cowichan, British Columbia, Canada
Addiction: Heroin

Official Synopsis:  Clayton, once a devoted family man, swore he would give his child the love and attention that he himself never received. When Clayton was just ten years old, his father’s gender dysphoria led to a breakdown of the family. Caught in the middle between his warring parents, Clayton turned to drugs and alcohol to escape. Now a full-blown heroin addict, Clayton has lost his right to be a father to his 8-year-old daughter. With nothing left to live for, Clayton’s family is terrified that he will not survive without a successful intervention.

What’s Memorable:  The family dynamics in this one are so messed up.  Of course there is always more than the story than what we see, but it does seem like Clayton and his mother are deeply angered by Lisa’s transition and haven’t been able to accept it whatsoever to the point of treating her pretty badly. Lisa has a lot anger and resentment too, and I can understand why. It was nice to see them cooperating and on the same page for the Intervention though, I hope that they’re able to continue on that path. The brother who died alone in the woods must have also contributed to the current dysfunction too, that’ll mess a family up.  I believe this episode is the only one in Intervention history where the producers administered a Narcan-type drug to revive Clayton during an overdose. So they’re literally saving lives in real time now too.

Interventionist: Jesse! Really love his style.
Date Aired: July 12, 2021  (Aired as Intervention Canada Season 5 Episode 4, on April 22, 2019)

All comments.

  1. April S.

    I said it once and I’ll say it again, Jesse is amazing! The calming, smooth way he speaks to people has such an astounding way of getting through to them.
    I felt so badly for Clayton and his up-bringing; and his poor brother, sheesh. This episode was a doozy for sure; I had to pause it a few times and wrap my head around what just happened.

  2. Gregory D Moore

    As a viewer of nearly every episode since the show began (U.S. version), this intervention stands out for me as one of the most masterful I’ve seen. I know these INTERVENTION CANADA episodes are a few years old, so it seems strange to have interventionist, Jesse Hanson seem like a “discovery,” but his cool-headed, common-sense, gentle guidance is truly impressive. The way he juggled the extremely fraught dynamics of this mortally wounded family was really something to behold. He continues to impress with each newly-released (in the U.S.) episode to date. I couldn’t believe how “on-board” he was able to get everyone. I sure didn’t see a happy ending for this one. Bravo to all, and a sincere “Welcome back to the world!” to Clayton. I hope he continues to embrace his sobriety. This entire family deserves their share of a little bit of peace and happiness!

    1. Gigi

      I wholeheartedly agree about Jesse…he was truly masterful here. He established such a connection that Clayton said that seeing him was like seeing a family member…very touching indeed. On a more personal note this episode was VERY relatable to me…as a kid I lived in a tiny town in Northern Ca and was blissfully ignorant until coming home from school one day and being told that my parents were divorcing because my father was gay. Then just several weeks later I meet the boyfriend and am expected to pretend it’s business as usual. It’s literally like a bomb going off in the family. That said..I don’t think Claytons mom necessarily handled it well but I do think her instincts to protect her children were coming from the right place. I’m really glad this family was able to come together.

  3. Natalie

    I cried when the parents hugged. It just made me hopeful for Clay.

    1. Natalie

      And when Clay said “thank you” at the end. Cried some more.

  4. Xlio

    This was by far for one of the most interesting Interventions as far as family dynamics. Jesse really won me over with this one, I admit his gentle nature got on nerves the first few times I’ve seen him, but WOW he handled this amazingly. The nut that is the Lisa-Debbie-kids being stuck in the middle was a hard one to crack and he did it!

    It made me so happy to see that he stayed clean. I hope we get an update that he’s still doing well. I was definitely near tears. I think if they had picked any other Canadian Interventionist it wouldn’t have been as successful if at all.

  5. alice schmid

    When he was hugging Avery, and she was comforting him, it was one of the most real, sweet and loving moments I have evr seen on film.

  6. Stefan

    Dizzy please remove this comment as it’s bigoted and offensive.

  7. Kat

    I’m only partway through this episode, but Lisa’s part of this is breaking my heart. For her kids to keep misgendering her, and not being able to accept her, even though she struggled in silence for them, that’s so hard.

  8. Kristy

    I am so hopeful for Clayton. His story is so close to home, and good grief Jesse is amazing. Life is short. Make the best of it.

  9. Kim

    Inexcusable to refer to Lisa as “Clayton’s Dad” and the ongoing misgendering of her throughout the show leaves me disappointed and angry. This show should be better and set a proper example to demonstrate basic affirmation.