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Episode 128: Jason

Season 8 Episode 9

Jason Intervention Season 8Jason
Age: 23
Location: Palm Beach Country, Florida
Addiction: Heroin, Xanax

What’s Memorable: He was a difficult child with ADHD that couldn’t handle it when his mom had twins and he felt left out. His screaming at his elderly grandmother “WE NEED TO GO RIGHT NOW” so that he can go get sticks.  He behaves like a spoiled, petulant child but seems capable of so much more.

Official synopsis: When Jason’s mother and stepfather had twins, Jason felt abandoned. He dropped out of school and turned to drugs. Now he lives with his grandmother in a retirement community and takes up to 30 mgs. of Xanax and shoots heroin up to five times a day. After an overdose, Jason had multiple hospitalizations and four grand mal seizures. Worn out from the drama, his family is frustrated with their inability to get Jason to stop using drugs and into treatment.

Original Air Date: August 2011
Interventionist: John Southworth

Categories: Benzodiazepines, Heroin, John, Mental Problems, Season 8

Discussion

14 Responses to “Episode 128: Jason”

  1. he has one of those faces that are familar. this episode sticks in my head, i feel for this kid. i know for this life should have never happened to him. i think he will pull through it .

    Posted by jon | August 21, 2012, 9:47 am
  2. i cant stop thinking about this poor guy. im wondering if hes ok, i would like to know his last name to look him up and see how he is

    Posted by kelle | February 5, 2013, 10:41 pm
  3. i know and love someone who experienced things like him it just makes me really sad. i feel for him. I myself can relate to him. i really feel bad for jason i hope he got better because i think that he deserves it

    Posted by kelle | February 5, 2013, 10:47 pm
  4. One of the cutest guys on any episode.

    Posted by Aaron | August 7, 2014, 8:14 am
    • I know, right? He looked so damn gorgeous in the show. Such a babe. He’s lost his looks since then, but ahh well. It happens.

      He was one of the only hot guys that have been on Intervention, except for Ryan (the guy who shot up Oxycontin) I thought he was cute too.

      Posted by Michelle | March 19, 2017, 4:32 am
  5. Jason’s mother, oh dear. What a piece of work she is! Calling him a pain in the ass and saying she favored the twins because they were easier to deal with? No wonder Jason became an addict. I felt bad for him. He seemed like a really nice person, and I hope he found happiness.

    Posted by Clare | April 24, 2015, 1:30 pm
  6. He looks really happy and healthy now. Keep up the good work, Jason!

    https://www.facebook.com/jason.levy.54?ref=br_rs

    Posted by mikey | July 10, 2016, 9:09 pm
  7. I use this episode in my exploratory health class when I teach about drugs and alcohol. I was so happy to see that Jason has had success in his life since this aired. Watching this episode is hard for me, it reminds me of my brother (who is in prison for drug use) and I’s childhood and the pain of wanting a parent to love us.

    Posted by Amy | September 21, 2016, 7:41 am
  8. Hope you are well Jason!

    Posted by Melanie P. | December 11, 2016, 3:52 am
  9. As a Mom with a 6 yr old who has very severe ADHD I look at this episode and the episode with Vinny and wonder what can I do as a mom now to make sure my child never goes down this path. He was diagnosed with high functioning autism which in his case is the term for Aspergers and severe ADHD. He was diagnosed two and a half with the autism, and we started suspecting the severe nature of the ADHD at 3 years old. My son has OT, speech, aides and is in a school within our district that is working with him at a young age to see how and where he learns best. He is VERY smart, as I suspect Jason and Vinnie ar too, but I’m worried it will take a back seat because of a focus on him being “socially acceptable”. I just want him to be happy and healthy. That’s it, happy and healthy. Any suggestions from kids or parents who are farther down the road in a similar situation?

    It’s eye opening, my husband and I both realized our own undiagnosed ADHD and social anxieties and I’m getting help. But the difference is when we grew up there wasn’t as much pressure to perform… standardized tests, social activities, mommy social engineering and just no freedom because they can’t roam the way we did. I lived under a lot of pressure for other reasons and when I got to college I definitely blew off steam with alcohol and am lucky I could stop. But these are different times and I want to do anything now to keep my son feeling his best. Thanks in advance for any helpful comments!

    Posted by CC | January 12, 2017, 7:27 am
  10. I’ll always remember this one as the kid who was intervened on by Walter Matthau 😀

    Posted by Janelle | May 25, 2017, 10:59 am
  11. This is one of only a handful of episodes where I really didn’t care what happened to the person. The way he treated everyone, especially his grandma just really turned my stomach. He was a jealous, spoiled little brat that showed his butt when he didn’t get what he wanted. And to top it off, he tried to be this “hard” addict and he looked so phony. After re-watching this episode, I actually dislike him more. I feel bad for Ryan though. Poor guy. He struggled and lost his fight.

    Posted by Jennifer | September 4, 2017, 10:16 pm
  12. Lord, 🙏🏻 Be With Jason. This Kid Has A Good, Sweet, Heart. That’s Why He Needs So Much Love & Caring. Please Help Him Heal.

    Posted by Sandy | September 24, 2018, 9:32 pm

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