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Episode 92: Nikki

Season 6 Episode 6

Nikki
Age: late 30’s?
Location: New York City
Addiction: Methadone with anti-anxieties (benzos)
What’s memorable: How attached Nikki’s younger daughter is to her despite never really having a good relationship with her, the boyfriend who certainly cares but also seems to need her to be messed up in order to feel needed.

Official Synopsis: When she was young, Nikki’s mother and grandmother worked hard to give her a good life. Nikki excelled in school, but she was devastated when her grandmother died. She began hanging out with a rebellious crowd, skipping school, and using crack. Nikki eventually had two daughters, but has remained addicted to drugs. Her daughters desperately want to have a relationship with Nikki, and know that an intervention is their only hope of saving their mother’s life.

Original Air Date: July 2009
Interventionist: Ken

Episode 60: Dan

Season 4, Episode 13

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Dan
Age: 40
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Addiction: Alcohol
What’s Memorable: How creepy and violent he gets when drunk, the falling down, the awesome wife.

Official synopsis: To the outside world, his life may seem ideal. Dan, 40, is married and has a beautiful daughter, Ava. He loves music and works as a first mate for a snorkeling and whale-watching boat company on a stunning Hawaiian Island. But everything is not what it seems. Dan is an alcoholic. An adolescence filled with physical violence and verbal abuse left Dan with deep emotional pain. Dan’s family desperately hopes that an intervention will turn his life around.
Original Air Date: June 2008

Interventionist: Ken

Episode 131: Darick

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Darick
Age:  34
Location: LaFollette, Tennessee
Addicted to: Meth, OxyContin
What’s Memorable: Darick’s story is so sad and he seems like a really cool, likable guy off the drugs. “I could care less about myself. I’m just a worthless redneck meth-cookin nobody” – Darick.

Official synopsis:  Once a football player with a bright future, Darick dropped out of school to get married when his girlfriend got pregnant. Darick loved being a father, but when his marriage ended, Darick learned his daughter was not his biological child, and he was denied all contact with her. Devastated, Darick turned to drugs. Having already lost one family member to addiction, Darick’s close-knit family is enabling his habit. They fear that if they don’t, they’ll bury Darick, too.

Original Air Date: December 2010
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 136: Jamie

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Jamie
Age: 27
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Addiction: Alcohol, Ketamine

What’s Memorable: The death of Jamie’s twin sister, the really messed up ways that her family thinks they’re helping her, the weird intervention. (“Since I arrived here, none of this has been about Jamie” – Candy)

Official synopsis: At a teen, Jamie did drugs and abused alcohol to deal with her traumatic upbringing. At 21, she turned to the church and got sober, but then the fatal overdose of her twin sister triggered a relapse. Now Jamie suffers from alcohol-induced pancreatitis and has suicidal tendencies. As Jamie’s family struggles with their own loss, Jamie feels alone in her fight against addiction. Can an intervention bring the family together?

Original Air Date: March 2011

Episode 43: Ashley

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Ashley
Age: 20
Location: Seattle, Washington
Addiction: Meth

What’s Memorable: This is another cautionary tale, like Gabe and Tamela, about what happens when religion gets in the way of truly being able to see a person. Ashley’s father (just like Gabe’s and Tamela’s)is especially incapable of connecting with her on any meaningful level. His response to her addiction is “this is about your relationship to God” and “if you died right now you’d go to hell” kind of thing. You can see Ashley’s pain at hearing “God loves you” instead of “I love you.”

Official synopsis: Growing up, Ashley, 20, was always considered the wild child. While her younger sister was quick to follow the rules and be active in the church, Ashley tended to reject her parents’ strong Christian values. The more her parents tried to guide her, the more she pulled away. By her teenage years, Ashley became a chronic runaway and drug addict. Her family sees an intervention as her only hope. But will Ashley take their efforts as a sign of love or another chance to run away?

Original Air Date: June 2007

Episode 38: Anthony

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Anthony
Age: 21
Location: Jersey shore
Addiction: Cocaine

Official synopsis: Anthony has been working at the pizzerias owned by his family since he was a kid. A good athlete, colleges offered him baseball scholarships. But at 14, everything changed. His sister died of a heroin overdose and his mother fell into an emotional black hole. Anthony found comfort in cocaine, and today he needs methadone to get him through the day until he can shoot coke at night. His family is not ready to let him hit rock bottom, but Anthony won’t get better until his entire family embraces change.
Original Air Date: April 2007

Episode 98: Gloria

Season 6 Episode 13

Gloria
Age: 53
Location: Bay Area, California
Addiction: Alcohol
What’s Memorable: Given the number of years Gloria has been an alcoholic, and her denial of having a problem, it was absolutely shocking that she agreed to treatment and then actually got sober. Probably the most surprising “yes, I’ll go” that I’ve seen.

Official synopsis: At 53, Gloria prides herself on being a good cook and an independent, fun-loving woman. But Gloria uses her cooking and charm to manipulate her family into letting her drink as much as she wants. Gloria had difficulty raising her children, and was married to an abusive man. At 42, Gloria got breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation but did not stop drinking. Now Gloria drinks and drives, misses work, and spends all her money on alcohol. Gloria’s family has had enough of her selfishness, and they’re ready for an intervention.

Original Air Date: August 2009
Interventionist:  Candy

Episode 150: Jeff

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Jeff
Age: 30’s
Location: Arkansas
Addiction: Alcohol (beer)
What’s memorable: How lost he is without his wife, how much he needs his beer. Every 15 minutes, all day long. This is a very sad story.

Update: Jeffrey Karl James passed away on November 17th, 2016. Here is his obituary.

Official synopsis:  A college graduate who now works as a genealogist, Jeff can’t give up his 30-cans-of-beer-per-day habit even though his health is failing, he recently lost his wife, and his children are struggling to cope with the loss of their mother. Now Jeff faces a choice–his life or his beer. Can an intervention bring him to his senses?
Original Air Date: September 2011

Episode 151: Jeanna

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Jeanna
Age: 24
Location: Madras, Oregon
Addiction: Meth
What’s memorable: The brutal event that triggered the addiction and the way she’s responded to the trauma. Just awful all the way around. By far one of the most tragic episodes of this show.

Official synopsis:  Jeanna conquered generations of addiction until the murder of her four-year-old son sent her spiraling into a $100-a-day meth addiction. An intervention is the only way to help Jeanna start to heal her troubled soul.
Original Air Date: September 2011

Episode 21: Antwahn

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Antwahn
Age: 39
Location: Los Angeles, California
Addiction: Crack
What’s memorable: Man, Antwahn has just about every possible addiction trigger out there. He had a really rough life. Also he seems like a super decent guy (other than doing things like stealing his daughter’s birthday presents to buy crack with) and you really root for him to get his shit together.

Official synopsis: Antwahn played professional basketball for the Los Angeles Clippers and in Europe for over a decade, but when a serious knee injury ended his career he began to binge on crack-cocaine and ended up on skid row.
Original Air Date: March 2006
Interventionist: Ken

Episode 19: Kristen

Season 2, Episode 6

Kristen
Age: 24
Location: Wisconsin
Addiction: Heroin, alcohol
What’s memorable: She gets fired from her job as a prostitute because of the Intervention cameras. Her boyfriend beats her up. The long, excruciating intervention.

Official synopsis: A young mother, addicted to alcohol and heroin, is in the midst of losing custody of her 5-year-old daughter Sadie, who recently told her “mom, you are a loser.” Kristen has now reached the point of no return. Her family has reached out to Intervention as a last hope of saving Kristen.

Original Air Date: January 2006
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 18: Troy

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Troy
Age: 20’s
Location: Los Angeles, California
Addiction: Meth, sex
What’s memorable: Sex with 20 men in one night. His understanding that gay meth users don’t ask about condoms.

Official synopsis: After relocating to Los Angeles, Troy had a promising future until his recreational crystal methamphetamine usage escalated into a full-blown addiction. While high Troy reports to having had, “hundreds of homosexual encounters.” Now homeless and unemployed, he sells methamphetamine and claims that injecting crystal meth helps him stay alert, and survive on the streets. Long time friends sought Intervention’s help.

Original Air Date: January 2006
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 18: Salina

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Salina
Age: 24
Location: Texas
Addiction: Bulimia
What’s memorable: Throwing up into plastic bags, using a toothbrush. Eating until she physically can’t anymore at all-you-can-eat buffets. The relief after the intervention about not having to worry about hiding her disease anymore.

Official synopsis: For the past eleven years Salina has been suffering from severe bulimia. She also struggles with a shopping addiction and recently began battling a new urge, self-mutilation. Her family is desperate to help her break this cycle and is hoping she will take this lifeline.

Original Air Date: January 2006
Interventionist: Candy

Episode 17: Michelle

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Michelle
Age: 18
Location: New Mexico
Addicted to: Meth
What’s memorable: How she’s so young but very self-aware. The dangerous people that are after her. The follow-up.

Official synopsis: Suffering the loss of her father and sexual molestation at the hand of her cousin at a young age, once bright student Michelle turned to drug use. Michelle has admitted to trading sex for drugs and uses methamphetamine intravenously. Her mother is afraid that at any moment Michelle will shoot up for the last time.
Original Air Date: December 2005
Interventionist: Candy

Episode 88 – Andrea

Season 6 Episode 8

Andrea
Age: 29
Location: Milwaukee
Addicted to: Alcohol (Rum)
What’s Memorable: Everything she’s given up in order to just hang out on the couch and drink, how dependent she is on her mother.

Official synopsis:  While Andrea was growing up, she yearned for a relationship with her mostly absent alcoholic father. During high school, she sought solace with her boyfriend, moved out and started a family at 19. Andrea soon became overwhelmed with parenting duties and turned to alcohol. As her drinking escalated she turned to the only person she felt would understand–her father. Four years ago, Andrea’s father passed away and her drinking has since spiraled out of control. Now, she is unable to raise her children and spends her days on her mother’s couch drinking.

Original Air Date: July 2009
Interventionist: Candy

Episode 129: Austin

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Austin
Age: 23
Location: Colorado
Addicted to: Alcohol

Update: Austin died of a heroin overdose in December 2011.

Official synopsis:  When Austin’s stepfather died from alcoholism, he turned to alcohol himself to numb the pain. His girlfriend is now pregnant, and he’s doing as much partying as he can before his child is born. Austin needs an intervention to become a sober dad and break his family’s cycle of alcoholism.
Original Air Date: December 2010

 

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