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Episode 1: Alyson

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Alyson
Age: 27
Location: Can’t tell
Addicted to: Morphine, crack, marijuana
What is most memorable about this episode: Alyson stealing morphine from her dying father from a safe in his bedroom as he sleeps.

Official synopsis: Alyson was a White House intern and an award-winning student. She met a boy in college who showed her the world of drugs and she became an addict. Alyson now lives at home with her parents and is a heavy user of morphine and crack. She works hard to alienate herself from the people who love her. Alyson also takes painkillers from her dying father.
Original Air Date: March 2005

Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 3: Jerrie

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Jerrie
Age: 29
Location: Portland, Oregon
Addicted to: Vicodin
What’s memorable: How crazy she gets when the package with her Vicodin doesn’t arrive in the mail. Also, the stealing from the terminally ill boyfriend and the insane amount of debt.

Official synopsis: Jerrie’s family calls interventionist Jeff Van Vonderen to help their 29-year-old daughter, who is addicted to Vicodin. Jerrie is so addicted that she has been forging physician signatures to get the prescriptions that she thinks she needs. She also walks around the waterfront to find drug dealers so she can get high.
Original Air Date: March 2005

Episode 3: Tamela

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Tamela
Age: Early 20’s?
Location: Arizona
Addicted to: Self-injury – Cutting
Addiction Trigger: Childhood sexual abuse and a religious family that ignored it and just prayed.
What is most memorable about this episode: The incredibly graphic episodes of cutting.

Official synopsis: Tamela, a 24-year-old artist, cuts herself with razor blades. As a child, she was molested and has a hard time getting over what happened. Her family hopes she will go into treatment.
Original Air DateMarch 2005

Episode 4: Alissa

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Alissa
Age: 24
Location: Michigan
Addicted to: Gambling
Addiction Trigger: Accident caused facial disfigurement.
What’s memorable: Lives off of her boyfriend, doesn’t work, just loses at gambling day after day in hopes of hitting a jackpot.

Official synopsis: Alissa’s parents and friends try to save her from her gambling addiction. She has lost over $30,000 on 25-cent slots. Her boyfriend has three jobs and makes all of the money, while Alissa gambles it away.
Original Air Date: March 2005

Episode 4: Brian

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Brian
Age: 24
Location: Arizona
Addicted to: Sex, Meth
What is most memorable about this episode: Multiple middle of the night sex-line hookups, addiction to porn shop, sweet family in Vermont.

Update: Brian J. Bellamore passed away on November 29th, 2016 due to a medical error in treating an infection. His death was not related to his addiction.

Official synopsis: Brian has a bad crystal meth habit. He is also a sex addict. Brian roams around the streets to find new partners every night.
Original Air Date: March 2005

Interventionist: Candy

Episode 5: Sara

 

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Sara
Age: 24
Location: Minnesota
Addicted to: Meth
What’s memorable: How badly she wants to quit, but just can’t.  The follow-up.

Official synopsis: She had everything she ever wanted out of life, including a wonderful husband and family. In fact, she almost had a perfect life until it all ended in divorce. Not knowing how to handle the divorce, she turned to crystal meth. Sara is now a junkie and has lost everything in her life, including her daughter. She lives at home with her parents and continues using drugs. Her family hopes she will get help to get her life back.

Original Air Date: April 2005

Interventionist: Candy

Episode 6: Travis

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Travis
Age: 20’s
Location: Los Angeles
Addicted to: Meth
What’s memorable: The scenes of getting him to go to treatment.

Official synopsis: An addiction to crystal meth threatens the life of Travis, a former rock ‘n’ roll star. Can his girlfriend and family get him into treatment before it’s too late?
Original Air Date: April 2005

Interventionist: Candy

Episode 6: Matt

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Matt
Age: 19
Location: New England
Addicted to: Crack
What’s memorable: What an otherwise decent guy he is.

Official synopsis: Matt, who comes from an upper-middle class home, is addicted to crack-cocaine and has stolen from his family and friends to support his habit. Desperate, his parents turn to an interventionist to save Matt from himself.
Original Air Date: April 2005

Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 7: Peter

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Peter
Age: 20’s
Location: New Jersey
Addicted to: Video Games
What’s memorable: The insane amount of time he spends playing, and his poor little brother that just wants to hang out with him.

Official synopsis: Peter is so addicted to video games that he identifies himself as the characters in the games he plays and refers to other characters as people he hangs out with.
Original Air Date: May 2005

Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 7: Renee

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Renee
Age: 20’s
Location: Georgia
Addicted to: Bulimia
What’s memorable: How much she eats in a day, and how sad she is about it.

Official synopsis: Renee’s eating disorder has become so dangerous that it is threatening her health, marriage, finances, and even the custody of her two small children.
Original Air Date: May 2005

Intervention: Candy

Episode 8: Tina

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Tina
Age: 30’s
Location:  Columbus, Ohio
Addicted to:  Gambling, Vicodin
What’s memorable: The immediate regret after gambling and buying pills, betting at the horse trackswith her toddler son following her around.

Official synopsis: Once a valedictorian, Tina is now a real-life desperate housewife. This mother of a three-year-old spends her days gambling her house and car payments while stoned on prescription pills. With most of her jewelry in pawn shops, and forced to take paycheck advances, Tina now writes insurance policies from home and spends her days at horse tracks and in Bingo halls. With her marriage, health and finances in complete crisis her husband Harley says that “this show may be the only thing left that can save our lives.”
Original Air Date: May 2005

Interventionist:  Candy

Episode 9: Kelly P.

Season 1 Episode 9

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Kelly
Age: 20’s
Location: Florida
Addiction: Anorexia

What’s Memorable: Kelly really helped me understand the thought processes of an anorexic. She’s very articulate about her disease, and she seems like a wonderful person.

Official synopsis:  Kelly is an anorexic who weighs 93 pounds and whose young daughter is following in her footsteps, often picking at her food or refusing to eat altogether. Her friends are seeking help not just to save Kelly, but her daughter as well.

Original Air Date: June 2005
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 9: Cristine

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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

Episode 10: Kelly F.

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Kelly
Age: 20’s
Location: California
Addiction: Alcohol (beer)
What’s Memorable: Your standard West Coast stinky street kid, self-righteous spare-changer who constantly drinks 40’s of malt liquor, hates his parents, and is convinced that he’s totally happy with his life and has no problems. He reminds me way too much of my little brother, maybe that’s why I got so angry at him when I watched. I really hope that eventually he got some help.

Official synopsis:  Kelly, a man with a 160 IQ who lives on the streets and survives on beer and other people’s spare change
Original Air Date: June 2005

Interventionist: Candy

Episode 10: Mark

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Mark
Age: 49
Location: Texas
Addiction: Morphine
What’s Memorable: The dying wife, only 2 people at the intervention.

Official synopsis:  Mark, who’s so addicted to painkillers that he’s had a morphine pump surgically implanted in his abdomen.
Original Air Date: June 2005

Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 11: Rachel

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Rachel
Age: 26
Location: Baltimore
Addicted to: Heroin
What’s Memorable: Rachel falling asleep & being unable to talk in a meeting with her lawyer. Just completely out of it.

Official synopsis:  Rachel, once a beautiful child in an upper-middle class family has turned to heroin and prostitution.
Original Air Date: June 2005

Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 11: Tommy

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Tommy
Age: late 30’s?
Location: Big city in the South
Addicted to: Cocaine
What’s Memorable: This was a weird one. We find out very very little about Tommy’s history. We don’t see pictures of his life before he became a homeless coke addict. At no point in the episode does Tommy do drugs. We never see him trying to get it or after he’s gotten high. All we know is what he says things used to be like, and all we see is the apparent consequences of his addiction – a storage unit with only a few things left, sleeping on the roofs of his friends’ condos, taking advantage of free hotel breakfasts, riding around on his bike.

Official synopsis:  Tommy, who quit his executive job and sold his Lexus, retirement plan, and million-dollar condo to sustain his cocaine habit.
Original Air Date: June 2005

Interventionist: Candy

Episode 12: Michael M. & Randi

I’ve found references to this episode, but it is not listed on the Intervention Episode Guide and is not available on Netflix.  And as far as I know, it has not been re-run since it originally aired in July of 2005.  If anyone knows where I can find it, please let me know.

Synopsis (via tv.com): A wealthy family is in crisis and desperate to help Michael, a rage addict with a long history of violent behavior who has punched 24 holes in the walls of his father’s house in the past year. And a woman seeks help for her sister, a bulimic and crystal meth addict who was sexually abused as a child by her babysitter.

 

Episode 13: Michael

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Michael
Age: 20’s
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Addicted to: Alcohol, Cocaine, Marijuana, Benzos, Opioids
What’s Memorable: Doing lines off the toilet in the restaurant bathroom.

Official synopsis:  A former top high school athlete gets hooked on pills and beer, after suffering an emotionally devastating incident – he was not put into a big game against a rival school.
Original Air Date: July 2005

Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 13: Brooks

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Brooks
Age: 20’s
Location: South
Addiction: Cocaine, marijuana, and more
What’s Memorable: What a sweet guy he is, in such unfortunate circumstances despite being a millionaire, his equally messed up brother.

Official synopsis:  A mother fears for the life of her son, a former wrestling star who turned to drugs after an accident left him wheelchair-bound.
Original Air Date: July 2005

Interventionist: Candy


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