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Episode 193: Olivia

Season 14, Episode 9

Olivia
Age: 20
Location:  Bellevue, Washington
Addiction: Heroin, meth
What’s memorable:  What a tremendous amount of guilt and shame she carries with her everyday, mostly due it seems to her beloved grandmother facing her own imminent death from cancer head-on while Olivia escapes with drugs and avoids seeing her.  I wonder how much that heavy shame started with the multiple instances of sexual abuse she suffered when she was a child, once by a chaplain at her church.  She even feels the need to say “I didn’t do anything to lead him on” as if she’s had to convince herself of that. It’s all very sad, and she’s such a sweet and caring person, so full of love that the drugs are stopping her from expressing. It was such a relief to see her sober and doing well in treatment.

Official Synopsis: Olivia’s life was changed forever when she was repeatedly molested by a relative at age 11. Successive traumas into adulthood have led her to mask her emotional pain by injecting a dangerous combination of heroin and meth. Meanwhile, her grandmother is ill with stage 4 cancer–and the family worries they’ll lose both their loved ones.

Original Air Date: July 2015
Interventionist: Candy

Episode 203: Kayne

Season 14, Episode 14

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Kayne
Age:  27
Location: Aberdeen, Ohio
Addiction: Heroin, Xanax

Official Synopsis: After his mother died, Kayne turned to drugs to cope, which eventually cost him his marriage and the custody of his children. This drove him further into his addition and now he spends each day getting high on a deadly combination of heroin and Xanax.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 203: Justin

Season 14, Episode 14

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Justin
Age: 32
Location: Bryan, Texas
Addiction: Heroin, Methadone

Official Synopsis: The black sheep of a successful family, Justin got hooked in prescription opiates after he was run over by a truck. Now he begs, borrows, and steals from family and friends to maintain his methadone and heroin habit.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist: Candy

Epsidoe 202: Carrie

Season 14, Episode 13

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Carrie
Age: 20
Location: Arlington, Washington
Addiction: Heroin

What’s Memorable: The room she squats in, how she started doing drugs because she lost a boxing match.

Official Synopsis: Carrie was a yong boxer with a shot at going pro, but losing an important fight triggered the trauma of being deserted by her father and she turned to drugs to cope. Now Carrie’s boxing career is on hold, she’s living on the streets and hustling for her next fix.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 202: Erin

Season 14, Episode 12

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Erin
Age: 36
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Addiction: Dilaudid

Official Synopsis: Erin spent her teens and 20’s as an A-list rock-n-roll groupie, but a prescription to relieve neck pain got her hooked on Dialudid. Now her mother raises her 5 year old son while Erin prostitutes herself to maintain her habit.  Her family calls on Sylvia Parsons, who was intervened on by Jeff VanVonderen in 2006, and who became the first subject of Intervention to ever make the transition to interventionist.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist: Sylvia

Episode 201: Joshua

Season 14, Episode 12

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Joshua
Age: 28
Location: Rocklin, California
Addiction: Heroin, alcohol

Official Synopsis: At the age of 14, Joshua was badly beaten by his girlfriend’s father – two years later he was molested by the leader of his youth group. He turned to heroin to cope with his traumas.

Update: Joshua Lee Turek passed away on March 23rd, 2017.  It was reported to me that he died of a heroin overdose. Condolences to all the people who loved him, of which there were obviously many.

Note: Joshua commented below that he was not molested by his youth group leader and resents A&E’s inaccurate depiction of him in this episode.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 200: David

Season 14, Episode 11

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David
Age: 26
Location: Roseville, California
Addiction: Meth and alcohol
What’s memorable:  His meth-induced paranoia and psychosis, how much his friend Jessie loves him and would do for him, the bizarre, enfuriating intervention and the awesome followup. Ken was amazing in this one. And by amazing I mean “Good god how does he deal with this relentless abuse and keep his composure?”

Official Synopsis: The sons and nephew of Major League Baseball stars, David struggled not only with being compared to his athletic family, but also with his own sexuality. Acting out turned to alcoholism and meth addiciton, and it wasn’t long before David found himself dumpster diving and sleeping behind stores in his family’s upscale neighborhood.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist: Ken

Episode 194: Amanda

Season 14, Episode 10

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Amanda
Age: 29
Location: Festus, Missouri
Addiction: Heroin
What’s memorable: “I want extreme numbness. I want to get as far away from myself as I possibly can.”

Official Synopsis: Amanda’s world was thrown into a tailspin when her husband went missing for months. When his body was finally found, the victim of a high profile murder, she went off the deep end and found escape in drugs. Now her children are in state custody and she’s shooting heroin to cope.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist: Ken

Episode 194: James

Season 14, Episode 10

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James
Age:
Location: Victoria, Texas
Addiction: Meth
What’s memorable:

Official Synopsis: When James first tried meth, he’d thought he’d found a wonder drug to give him the energy for a demanding job, marraige, and fatherhood. But the resulting addiction and sprial took all of those things away from him. Now his ex-wife is trying to save his life so their sons will have a chance to know their father.

Original Air Date: August 2015
Interventionist:  Candy

Episode 193: Matthew

Season 14, Episode 9

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Matthew
Age: 22
Location: Milford, Ohio
Addiction: Inhalants (keyboard duster)

What’s memorable:  This guy will haunt my dreams, and not even because of the demon-posessed voice and psychotic behavior he exhibits when he takes a hit. It’s the absolute vacancy in his eyes at all times. When he’s high, when he’s being interviewed, when he’s been clean for 90 days. He speaks in eerie monotone and stares at the camera without blinking.  There seems to be no one behind the eyes, but I know that’s not true, there’s always someone in there. I truly hope that the real Matthew appears behind his eyes at some point soon.

Official Synopsis: A difficult relationship with his parents led Matthew to experiment with drugs. But when a drug test came back positive, he lost custody of his son and went from part-time user to full-blown addict. Now, angry and threatening, Matthew huffs 10 cans of computer duster a day. His family fears that every breath of duster he takes could be his last.

Original Air Date: July 2015
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 192: Bryceton

Season 14, Episode 8

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Bryceton

Age: 41
Location: Brandon, Florida
Addiction: Alcohol and spice (I just had to add a new category for this first time in years)

What’s memorable: Well that was quite the ride. Bryceton seems like a pretty fun and interesting person trapped in the life of an addict, treating people like crap and in full denial about how his behavior is affecting the people who love him. I think this episode may have had more bleeps that any other in the history of Intervention. Man is he a scary dude when he’s high. On spice. WTF, SPICE? Is he just doing it instead of actual weed because it doesn’t show up on piss tests?  I loved the follow up, and I will remember this quote forever: “When I look in the mirror I see a loser; a loser trying to convince himself he’s a winner.” That gave me chills for some reason.

Official Synopsis: A talented singer-songwriter, Bryceton’s addicton to alcohol and spice (synthetic marijuana) is completely out of control. His wife struggles to raise their son while coping with Bryceton’s erratic behavior, but she’s fighting a losing battle.

Original Air Date: May 2015
Interventionist: Jeff (JVV!)

Episode 191: Katherine

Season 14, Episode 7

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Katherine
Age: Early 30’s?
Location: Warner Robins, Georgia
Addiction: Meth
What’s memorable: She lost her kids because of the incredibly sketchy living environment they were in. I don’t blame the parents for taking custody at all, seems like they were pretty endangered there. Katie (at least as she was portrayed in the episode) is definitely not a very present as a mother. Watching her hiding in the car smoking meth while her kids were asking where she was, that was brutal. And the whole claiming her friend stole the journal that had her mother’s bank account info in it? No. How awful for that family. I don’t know if Katie really had the perfect childhood with no obvious addiction trigger or if the show’s new format of spending very little time on backstories meant they/we just didn’t find out the ways that her childhood wasn’t so perfect.

Official Synopsis: Katherine got hooked on pain pills after a botched epidural during childbirth. Now she’s addicted to meth and lost her home and custody of her kids.

Original Air Date: May 2015
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 191: Mindie

Season 14, Episode 7

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Mindie
Age: 29
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Addiction: Meth
What’s memorable:  Her parents not understanding how a 3 year old could even be molested, and not doing anything to support her when she finally told them about it. The things she said to her sister in law were awful and insenstive – there’s gotta be some amends to make there. I loved that she met Sam (from the last episode) in treatment and they became fast friends. Having someone there that just went through an intervention (televised!) must be so comforting. I hope they continue to help each other through recovery.

Official Synopsis: Suffering post-traumatic stress after being molested as a child, Mindie developed a drug habit in her teens that gave way to a full-on meth addiction in her 20’s.

Original Air Date: May 2015
Interventionist: Donna

Episode 190: Samantha

Season 14, Episode6

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Samantha
Age: Late 20’s?
Location: Randolph, New York
Addiction:  Heroin, Xanax
What’s memorable: The crazy webs of lies she gets herself into to get money for drugs, the “friend” Rich who is definitely NOT a friend, the horrific rape she suffered as a young teenager, the dad saying “I wish you’d die” and her responding with “me too.”  So glad she made it through treatment, she looked awesome.

Synopsis: When Sam was 6 her life took a drastic turn when her parents divorced and her father moved away. At 14, Sam’s life changed forever when she was sexually assaulted.  She turned to a life of partying, fueled by alcohol and Ecstasy. A fast downward spiral into heroin followed and today Sam is a full blown addict.
Original Air Date: April 2015
Interventionist: Ken

Episode 189: Daniel

Season 14, Episode5

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Daniel
Age: 29
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Addiction:  Alcohol, some meth
What’s memorable: This kid had a rough life, no surprise he drinks too much. But wow does he drink too much. And the way he gets when he’s drunk: self-absorbed, messy, emotional, intimidating, dominant.  I’ve known a lot of people who get like this when they’re drunk and they’re incredibly difficult to be around if you’re not just as drunk as they are. Which brings us to his relationship with his girlfriend Sarrah. He says “I’d give up my whole family for Sarrah” but their connection is probably based more on a shared love of drinking than anything else. (I’ve been in several eerily similar drunken relationships. They were intense and unhealthy and entirely dependent on alcohol to survive. They never ended well).  I don’t recall if they show said she got sober too but I really hope so. I love what Daniel said after he accepted treatment: “How am I gonna turn all these people down? Everyone I love?”  Seems like that’s the reason why a lot of the addicts on this show accept the treatment. Intervention works, dammit!

Synopsis: Daniel could have pursued a career as a songwriter, but a series of personal tragedies culminating in his father’s death led him to abuse a dangerous combination of alcohol and meth. Recently Daneil resumed a romantic relationship with Sarrah, a fellow addict who supplies Daniel with alcohol, and their booze-fuled nights escalate his already serious addiciton to deadly lows.
Original Air Date: April 2015
Interventionist: Candy

Episode 188: Theresa

Season 14, Episode 4

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Theresa
Age: 43
Location: Raceland, Louisiana
Addiction:  Alcohol
What’s memorable: She’s been an alcoholic for 25 years, suffers from cirrhosis, drinks beer from her bed all day long unless she goes to the one bar in town that hasn’t 86’d her yet. The argument with her daughter was hard to watch. I enjoyed her follow up with Candy – she seemed down to earth and realistic but grateful that her health was improving so much and committed to her sobriety.

Synopsis: Theresa swore she wouldn’t end up like her mother who was a raging alcoholic. However, years later after several failed relationships and children, Theresa finds herself drinking uncontrollably–to the point that even cirrhosis of the liver isn’t enough to make her stop. Her daughter says she’s at rock bottom, close to death, and her family knows that an intervention is their last hope.
Original Air Date: April 2015
Interventionist: Candy

Episode 188: Zach

Season 14, Episode 4

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Zach
Age: 2o’s?
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Addiction:  Heroin and cocaine, smoked together
What’s memorable:  This is a tough one. Zach continuously pawns his grandfather’s possessions for drug money (his laptop, guns, vacuum cleaner) and then immediately feels tremendously guilty about it, even admits that he did it as soon as he gets home and then deals with his grandfather’s frustrated rage.  The amount of guilt and shame he carries around is visible on his face and the way he carries himself, but he just can’t stop doing it. The drugs come first, consequences be damned.  And Whitney is an interesting case.  She first makes it sound like she just started doing it within the last few weeks to “get closer” to him, but it seems clear she’s been addicted for a while and probably submitted Zach to the show in hopes of getting help for herself as well. Can’t say I blame her, and I guess it’s not technically against the rules.  The intervention was pretty powerful, with Zach in tears as soon as he walked in.  I’m so glad he’s taking his sobriety seriously and doing what he has to do to get his family back together.

Synopsis: While still a child, Zach’s father was incarcerated, and Zach and his sister were adopted by their loving grandparents. When Zach’s father was released from jail he moved in with the grandparents, hoping for a fresh start. It didn’t take long for his father to fall off the wagon, and in fact, it was Zach’s father who first introduced Zach to heroin. Using, but still functional, Zach met his girlfriend Whitney, and two years ago, she had their son. Today Zach’s cocaine and heroin addiction is out of control. Whitney has turned to Intervention for help.
Original Air Date: April 2015
Interventionist: Jeff

Episode 187: Samantha C.

Season 14, Episode 3

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Samantha C.
Age: 24
Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
Addiction:  Heroin
What’s memorable: The horrifying things she went through as a girl, her not knowing that Hep C is sexually transmitted, and that long and brutal intervention. The fact that Ken actually let her shoot up just so she could sit through the intervention, and then when he got real pissy at her for making them miss 2 flights because of her disruptive behavior.  The follow up was a relief, and very unexpected.

Official Synopsis: The anguished family of a former soccer prodigy hope an intervention is the push this 24-year-old needs to stop using drugs and giving up a dangerous lifestyle that includes prostitution.
Original Air Date: April 2015
Interventionist: Ken

Episode 186: Lauren

Season 14, Episode 2

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Lauren
Age: 35
Location: San Jose, California
Addiction:  Heroin
What’s memorable: Panhandling on the street to get money for gas to get to her daughter’s birthday party, then getting it and spending it on heroin instead and having to come up with $20 more dollars, all while the family waits for her to get there.  That was hard to watch. She looked happy and healthy at the end, so glad she and her boyfriend got and stayed clean.

Official Synopsis: At 14, Lauren was forced to become caretaker to her ill father. By 18, she was a mother herself. Seven years and three kids later, Lauren’s father died and she turned to pills to cope.
Original Air Date: March 2015

Episode 186: Mike

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Mike
Age: 44
Location:  Goshen, Ohio
Addiction:  Heroin
What’s memorable: Snorting heroin (I haven’t seen that before), his constant lies and excuses, the way he treats his wife, leaving rehab early because withdrawal was uncomfortable. I really hope he has managed to stay sober since then, he was incredibly sick.

Official Synopsis: Mike lost his brother to cancer and his sister to suicide. This triggered a tragic downward spiral. Mike’s nightly habit of having a few beers quickly turned into raging alcoholism. Mike agreed to give up drinking. Unfortunately, he replaced alcohol with heroin.
Original Air Date: March 2015

 

Episode 185: Katie Y.

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Katie Y.
Age: 28
Location: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Addiction: Heroin, Crack
What’s memorable:  “I don’t get high, I get un-sick.”  Sitting on the couch doing drugs all day every day, having dentures because the drugs rotted her teeth, 13 failed rehab attempts.  I think I was most struck by the fact that there was no addiction trigger, she apparently just got in with the wrong crowd.  It’s hard to understand how anyone could go so far down this path without a trigger to start the self-medication.

Official Synopsis: A woman who was once an elite Irish dancer resists her family’s efforts to save her from a life of cocaine and heroin addiction. Katie was the star of her family. She was smart, outgoing and traveled the world as an elite Irish dancer. It could have made it her career – but she got derailed into a life of cocaine and heroin addiction.
Original Air Date: March 2015

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