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Episode 2: Vanessa

Season 1, Episode 2

 

Vanessa
Age: 36
Location: Los Angeles, California
Addiction:  Shopping, agoraphobia

(Guest Post by Stefan) What’s Memorable: No other episode of the series has touched on agoraphobia. Also, the fact that she had no family present at the intervention, only friends (Annie, the bulimic dancer from Season 2, is the only other person profiled in the show’s history who can claim this).

Update: Vanessa Marquez was shot and killed by police during a welfare check on August 30, 2018. She was reportedly brandishing a BB gun when she was shot. Here is the news story about the tragic incident.

Official Synopsis:  Vanessa, who was a recurring character on the long-running medical drama ER, is addicted to shopping. She is heading towards bankruptcy.

Date Aired: March 2005
Interventionist: Tara

Episode 24: Gina

Season 2, Episode 11

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Gina
Age: 26
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Addiction: Meth, gambling
What’s memorable: What goes on in the shadows of Las Vegas. The 10-hours a day gambling and the things she’ll do to get money for it. How much she’s lost. The grueling intervention.

Official synopsis:  Gina is bright, fun-loving, and ambitious, but she’s losing a difficult battle with drugs and compulsive gambling. Gina’s family feels an intervention is the only way to save her.

Original Air Date: April 2006
Interventionist: Tara

Episode 22: Annie

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Annie
Age: 21
Location: Texas
Addiction: Anorexia, Bulimia
What’s memorable: Her eating disorder’s name is Eddie. She throws up, starves herself, and chews and spits out her food and she doesn’t even look sick.

Official synopsis:  Annie is anorexic and bulimic. Now her fiancé, Kevin, desperately wants an intervention because he’s afraid that Annie’s eating disorders will kill her.

Original Air Date: March 2006
Interventionist: Tara

Episode 17: Heidi

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Heidi
Age: 46
Location: California
Addicted to: Shopping, plastic surgery
What’s memorable: How happy she is when she’s shopping. “I’m all the ladies of Sex & the City rolled into one”

Official synopsis: Heidi leads a busy social life and takes great pride in maintaining her health and personal appearance. Unfortunatley, she is addicted to plastic surgery and compulsive shopping. She cites that while she was raped at the age of 16, she blames no one for her need to “fill the void.”
Original Air Date: December 2005
Interventionist: Tara

Episode 15: Howard

Season 2, Episode 2

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Howard
Age: 39
Location: California
Addicted to: Alcohol (whiskey)
What’s memorable: How relatively high functioning he is in his career considering his depression and alcoholism.

Official synopsis: Howard, 39, is a driving instructor to celebrities, the CIA, and the FBI, but he drinks when he can’t get high from driving fast. Now, Howard’s doctor has told him his liver is failing, and unless he stops drinking, he will die.
Original Air Date: November 2005
Interventionist: Tara

Episode 9: Cristine

Season 1, Episode 9

Cristine

Christine
Age: 20’s
Age: San Jose, California
Addicted to: Alcohol (beer)
What’s memorable: Cristine seems at first like she’s tough and in denial, but we get glimpses of her crying out for help and realize how vulnerable she is. Also, her tragic history is just chilling.

Official synopsis:  Cristine is a wife and mother who drinks at least 18 beers a day.

Note: Talk about a weak official synopsis!  This is really one of the most unforgettable portrayals of alcohol addiction I’ve seen, on this show or any where else.  This is the first alcoholism episode of Intervention I saw, and it was this that really got me hooked on the show.

Original Air Date: June 2005
Interventionist: Tara

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