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Oregon Fires

Hi all, just wanted to let you know that I have limited access right now. My town in Southern Oregon was one of the small towns that was devastated by the fires (Almeda Fire) last week. I was very fortunate- my pets and I were evacuated just in time and the fire missed my house by a few blocks – but it destroyed thousands of homes and businesses around me and has left my town in ruins. I am heartbroken. The devastation to my community is almost too much to bear, but I have also seen my friends and neighbors come together like never before to help one another, and that gives me hope that we will rebuild and survive.

Anyway, I won’t be able to return home until electricity, water, and internet services are back up and I’m not sure when that will be. So please cut me some slack if it takes a while for your comment to get posted or for tonight’s Season Finale episode to go up. Thanks for understanding.

If you are in the position to help and would like to do so, please consider donating the the Rogue Valley Fire Relief fund, which goes to support the most vulnerable families immediately and over the difficult coming months.

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Episode 243: Shandon

Season 21, Episode 6

Shandon
Age:
25
Location:  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Addiction: Fentanyl

Official Synopsis:  Shandon’s early life was disrupted at three years old when her parents divorced and her mother moved out of the country. Growing up without a maternal figure, Shandon felt abandoned and became very introverted. In high school, Shandon was badly bullied and she turned to drugs. She began acting out and resisting authority, so her father sent her to live and reconnect with her mother. Shortly after arriving, her mother was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and died within a year. Sixteen-year-old Shandon returned to live with her father and hid her grief by abusing even harder drugs – heroin, opioids and eventually fentanyl. Now in her mid-twenties and saddled with a $200 a day intravenous habit, she prostitutes herself in order to feed her addiction. Her family is at its wits end and is desperately hoping an intervention will save her life

What’s Memorable:  Yet another scary shooting-up-in-the-bathroom-during-a-tense-family-dinner scene. And an even more harrowing withdrawal desperation scene. Man this girl is SICK, so close to dying. I hope she’s able to find her way back.

Date Aired: August 31, 2020 in US, aired as Intervention Canada Season 4 in September 2018.

Interventionist: Maureen Brine

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Episode 242: Coleman

Season 21, Episode 5

Coleman
Age:
 26 or so
Location:  Mission, British Columbia, Canada
Addiction: Fentanyl and Heroin

Official Synopsis:  Coleman grew up with the stigma of having a father in prison. His mother did her best to raise seven children but, as the middle child, Coleman got lost in the mix. Today, Coleman is hopelessly addicted to fentanyl, stealing to support his habit with the help of his opioid-addicted girlfriend, Nikki. The longer his addiction endures, the less chance Coleman has of ever seeing his daughter again, and his family worries his addiction may kill him first.

What’s Memorable:  Shoplifting cheese and steak and selling it to single moms in SUVs. Violently fighting over their haul in the middle of the street. The deep family history of trauma and death. Nikki talking about being shot up by adult men at age 11. (What the hell kind of person shoots up an 11 year old with heroin? So disturbing.). Coleman dropping his needle behind at the intervention and feeling super guilty about it. The very heartwarming followup on both of them. I know that in retrospect they both saw their relationship as very ‘partners in crime’ and highly codependent, which is clearly true, but there were also moments – like when Nikki first sat down at the intervention and Coleman immediately took off his jacket and gave it to her to wear – that gave me the impression that these two have more than just an addiction that bonded them. They seemed to truly care about and love one another despite the ugliness and desperation of their situation. I hope that they were able to remain friends and support one another as they rebuilt their relationships with their children, or if not, that they’ll reconnect some day in the future when they’re both solid in their sobriety.

Date Aired: August 24, 2020 in US, aired as Intervention Canada Season 4 in September 2018.

Interventionist: Maureen Brine

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Best Episode of Intervention for Newbies – Nominations

Hey y’all, a friend who hasn’t ever seen Intervention asked me to tell her what the ‘best’ episode was so she could watch it and decide if the show would be something she could get into or not. That’s a really hard question to answer, isn’t it? It made me think a lot about what being the ‘best’ episode would entail. Would it be the most disturbing or important or moving? The most tragic, or the most uplifting? The most memorable for me personally, or the most sensational and talked about? What would I want someone to get from this one episode, as in what would I want them to feel and understand after watching it? Is my goal to get them to watch more episodes, and if so, why do I want that? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

Anyway I did narrow it down to a short list of episodes but I wanted to know what you think. If you had to pick one single episode that you think is a great representation of the show and the one a newbie should watch first, which one would it be and why?


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Episode 240: Nathan

Season 21, Episode 4

Nathan
Age: 31
Location:  Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Addiction: Hydromorphone

Official Synopsis:  An outstanding athlete, Nathan excelled at sports at an early age. It was obvious to all around him that he was professional material. His status as the town’s star hockey player made him a popular kid with a bright looking future. But when he was 19, a fight at a local bar left him with a ruptured ACL, a painful injury that left him with an addiction to prescription opioids. Fortunately, Nathan was able to get clean after a wake-up call from the law. He moved to a new town and got a good job. All was going well until an explosion at a St. Patrick’s day riot left Nathan with third and fourth degree burns. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and Nathan, again, became addicted to painkillers. He’s been spiraling ever since. Now, the only thing Nathan lives for is his next fix. His family is afraid that without an intervention, Nathan will soon meet an unfortunate end.

What’s Memorable:  I mean it sounds like Nathan was a decent person before the drugs, but man almighty had this guy become an absolute nightmare to be around. Unreasonably combative, deceitful, manipulative, obsessed with getting money. All fairly standard behavior for addicts at his level, but there was something about the way he treated his family that really unnerved me. It was such a pleasant surprise to see his emotional reaction to his family’s words at the intervention. You could see his true self, vulnerable and unguarded, come out as he listened and accepted the treatment. When that 3 Months Later came up on the screen and I heard hockey sounds, yeah I straight up lost it and started sobbing. I guess I needed a good cathartic cry, life is weird right now. Anyway, good for you Nathan, that’s awesome. 

Date Aired: August 10, 2020 in US, aired as Intervention Canada Season 4 in July 2018.

Interventionist: Geri Bemister. She’s nailing these interventions. 

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Episode 241: Courtney

Season 21, Episode 5

Courtney
Age: 25
Location: Kenora, Ontario, Canada
Addiction: Hydromorphone and other opiates, meth

Official Synopsis:  An adventurous child with a love for animals, Courtney dreamed of growing up to be a veterinarian. Tragically, when she was just seven years old, her best friend died in a drowning accident and Courtney was never the same. The loss left her closed off and moody. In her teenage years, that moodiness turned to rebellion and she began to experiment with drugs. Today, Courtney no longer cares about her health or safety. Her alarming re-use of dirty needles has taken her to the brink of death. If Courtney doesn’t accept treatment, her life is surely at risk.

What’s Memorable:  Another painful dinner scene. So many painful dinner scenes in this show! The well-intentioned and but egregiously enabling mother. How badly ravaged her body is from the drugs, with flesh eating disease and open sores all over her face. This girl is only 25 years old, it’s tragic how much irreversible damage she has already done to herself.  That intervention was a good one, so disappointing that it didn’t take.

Date Aired: August 17, 2020 in US, aired as Intervention Canada Season 4 in October 2018.

Interventionist: Geri Bermister (She’s pretty good. I like this line: “Remember that you’re not turning you back on her, you’re turning your back on her addiction”).

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Episode 239: Chelan

Season 21, Episode 3

Age: 29
Location: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Addiction: Heroin

Official Synopsis: Chelan was a devoted wife and mother until the breakup of her marriage sent her spiraling into the world of prescription opioid abuse. Three short years later, Chelan is homeless, supporting a full-blown heroin addiction by working as a prostitute.

What’s Memorable: Has there ever been a more uncomfortable nodding-off scene than this one, right in the middle of a family dinner, everyone just eating their meals having to listen to her slur and watch her repeatedly nod off mid-sentence? Excruciating. For everyone involved.

Date Aired: August 3, 2020 in US, aired as Intervention Canada Season 3 in 2018.

Interventionist Maureen

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Episode 258: Robin

Season 21, Episode 2


Robin

Age: 42
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Addiction: Alcohol

Official Synopsis: From sports to academics, Robin was the apple of his parents’ eyes. He did everything to impress them, even forgoing his childhood dream of becoming a pilot. Once in college, Robin soon learned the pressure to be perfect could be washed away with a few nice drinks. And he soon found he needed alcohol to get through the day. After hearing incessantly about his desire to become a pilot, Robin’s best friend took the initiative and enrolled him in flight school hoping that this may pull him out of his funk. Robin stopped drinking and became a successful pilot, eventually moving up to flying big commercial jets. But the stress of being away from his wife and children drove him back to booze and it didn’t take long before Robin’s problem was back on the radar, ultimately destroying his career and family. Robin’s parents and brothers believe the brilliant pilot is still in there somewhere, but without an intervention, they’re fearful that Robin may spiral to a horrible death.

Date Aired: July 27, 2020 in US

Interventionist: Andrew

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Episode 257: Melanie

Season 21, Episode 1

Melanie
Age: 25
Location: Sudbury, Ontario
Addiction: Crack

Official Synopsis:Melanie was just eight months old when her dad committed suicide. Her mother’s subsequent trauma went untreated, and she struggled raising her three kids. Melanie, the youngest, suffered the most. She began acting out and getting in trouble to gain attention. When she was nine, she was diagnosed and medicated for ADHD. Then, at 14, Melanie was introduced to crack cocaine by an older boyfriend. She was instantly hooked and ended up in rehab at 15. Melanie got clean and turned things around, going back to school and becoming a Personal Support Worker – a vocation that she loved. At 19, shortly after a breakup, Melanie found out she was pregnant and her ex-boyfriend wanted no part of being a father. She loved her son and was a good mother but, four months after giving birth, she became depressed and starting using crack cocaine again. Now, five years later, Melanie is saddled with a severe addiction. Without an intervention, Melanie will lose custody of her son, or worse, lose her life.

Date Aired: July 20, 2020 in US, originally aired as in Intervention Canada episode on October 20, 2018 on CBC Documentary Channel

Interventionist: Andrew

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Courtney

Very sad to announce that Courtney Ball passed away on May 12, 2020. Here is a notice of her memorial.

Courtney’s 2012 Intervention episode was one of the most memorable and controversial episodes of the show. According to her sister Kim, who commented here in February, Courtney had been struggling with her addiction and drug-induced psychosis and was really not well, but her family had not given up on her and still had hope she would make it out the other side. She was obviously adored by her loved ones and will be dearly missed. Rest in peace sweet girl.