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Episode 67: Derek

Season 5, Episode 1

Derek

Derek
Age: 35
Location: Ontario, Canada
Addiction: Alcohol

What’s memorable: Memorable to me as the only episode of Intervention that I turned off halfway through out of sheer annoyance and still can’t watch the whole thing. I don’t actually even know what happened to Derek in the end. Did he go to treatment? No idea. Why? Because Derek is portrayed here as one of the most insecure, selfish, inconsiderate, shallow people I’ve ever seen in my life. Maybe he’s not that bad in real life, I don’t know.

Update: Derek Muzyka was killed in a car accident on December 30, 2016.  Obituary

Official Synopsis: He was once a championship bodybuilder and successful property owner. But when he turned 30, Derek felt he was over the hill and became severely depressed. He started drinking to cope with the pressures of marriage and the responsibilities of getting older. His beautiful wife left, and now Derek’s days are all the same–he sits in his dark basement, smoking and drinking and bemoaning the loss of his wife. He narrowly survived one suicide attempt and his family is worried he’ll try again. An intervention is their last hope.

Original Air Date: August 2008
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Alcohol, Athletic/Competition Career End, Candy, Season 5

Discussion

25 Responses to “Episode 67: Derek”

  1. I agree with the webmaster that this is a truly gross episode. At one point he *chews* and swallows a cigarette butt in a bizarre attempt to get a friend of his(family member?) to go buy him alcohol. Afterwards his reaction is half blacked-out as if he doesn’t remember… and half indignant about how important he is and how much he wants booze. The manipulative qualities he possessed turned my stomach as well as the sheer depths of depravity depicted.

    Posted by King Cobe | September 15, 2014, 11:27 pm
  2. All I see on display here is a person of very poor self-insight and character. Without sobriety, this man doesn’t have a prayer. Candy’s diagnosis was dead-on: Derek’s problems are not just from booze. That was the babbling of a desperately mentally-ill person—or was it? At times, he seemed to be putting on an act for the camera that I, too, found really hard to take. Though it was only touched upon, his terrible, aggressive behavior seemed–to me–to be the actions of a steroid abuser. I would think that steroids would certainly be a large part of his problem . He seemed to come from a solid foundation…and his family and friends seem devoted to him, despite the fact that his whole demeanor is so loathsome.

    BTW, the final wrap-up notes said he was thrown out of rehab for bringing booze into the treatment center…moved back home and finally got sober in 2008. That was 6 years ago…wonder what happened after that? Speaking of Candy, she was especially great in this intervention…as usual!

    Posted by Gregory Moore | November 23, 2014, 4:39 pm
    • He died yesterday from drinking and driving & he was so mentally ill he was abused so bad by his dad and it was mental & physical . His best friend died this past summer in a horrible accident and he didn’t recover he spiraled out of control . The accident was 2 mins from his parents house

      Posted by Kelly king | December 31, 2016, 12:38 pm
    • Derek was sober for quite a while now and Friday December 30 2016 was killed in a head on collision. My condolences goes out to the entire family. He is finally at peace, sleep well BRO

      Posted by jeff lounsbury | December 31, 2016, 5:36 pm
      • Who knows if this was a suicide that was successful, or an ‘accident’ – even then, it wouldn’t be an accident since he was drunk behind the wheel – and hit TWO vehicles – and KILLED another man. I do feel for the family, I do – but I had to search HARD to find out the he was only one of TWO killed in the crash – and in one of THREE vehicles. My condolences go out to the other man’s family. I was travelling on the roads this same day with my family, as were many thousands of others in southern Ontario and NO ONE should be afraid to drive on the roads at ANY time for fear of drunk drivers – especially as I teach my two teen-aged sons to drive on our roads.
        I think that a GREAT and helpful update – would be to use this as a lesson as to what can REALLY happen when one drinks and drives, whether they have been drunk often – or only driven their first time EVER after drinking.
        http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/7043890-two-killed-in-grimsby-crash-police/

        Posted by Lynn | January 4, 2017, 7:09 pm
  3. Wow this guy is the epitome of a difficult drunk. The only episode I couldn’t watch for a 2nd time.

    Posted by kristy | January 4, 2016, 6:46 pm
  4. Actually he did not grow up in a great house. They made it seem that way but the father was abusive to both brothers and the mother. The brother drinks also and a lot so does the father. He and his brother were and still are successful in property rentals. The brother takes care of most of it though now. He has tried several times to get sober and has been successfully a few times but falls off again after a variation of time. As far as I know he has not tried suicide again. He has been in the hospital a bunch of times for the drinking. From what I know now he is back to working out sorta but it’s like one addiction replaced another. He appeared to be faking it in the episode but honestly he was not. He has some serious mental illness to deal with. He truly at heart is a nice guy. Before drinking he would do anything for anyone. He seemed to be craving attention in the episode but it’s all in how they spin it. He had his license yanked so he couldn’t drive so he would have to act out to get some one to get him booze and believe me he could down a 26er no problem straight from the bottle. I’ve known him many years and he is lonely, mental ill, needs serious help, yes he craves attention but it’s really a cry for help. He has never been violent in his life. He honestly would give you the shirt off his back.

    Posted by Cathy | April 25, 2016, 4:51 pm
  5. Cathy can u email me plz questions for you 🙂

    Posted by Aaron | July 9, 2016, 6:56 pm
  6. Like the rest of you, I cant even watch the rest of this episode…I wish him all the best, but unless his mental health issues are addressed, he will never get well.

    Posted by Gina | August 15, 2016, 2:57 pm
  7. Man I hope hes gotten better since then. I have to say him and Mark from season 2 are the only episodes that I couldn’t watch a 2nd time. If I can remember correctly Derek was threatening to eat a ciggerettte if someone didn’t give him booze or something like that. What a mess.

    Posted by Kristy | August 15, 2016, 5:15 pm
  8. This episode was clearly fake. I don’t mean that the Intervention crew was in on it, but this loser and his family were definitely putting on a show for the cameras.
    In every scene Derek was just saying and doing things he thought looked and sounded cool or tough. Bragging about his “attempted suicides” and eating the end of his cigarette like some comic book villain?
    Even in the end when he’s discussing his sobriety with the therapist in front of the cameras and he gives a brief proud re-cap of the previous violent, self-mutiliation he performed while in therapy?
    He was bragging in front of the cameras like he was the cool, tough kid in grade school who lights ants on fire with a giant magnifying glass.
    Then of course he washes out of therapy in spectacular fashion to give the “perfect ending” to this saga of a tortured soul.
    Every minute of this episode was clearly just a poor performance by a bunch of bad actors.

    Posted by Sean | November 20, 2016, 7:15 pm
    • Not fake at all and Derek died on the 30 th of dec 2016 still fighting his drinking , he was sober for a long time & than his best friend was killed & he slipped again . It’s so sad he wrecked his car & killed Himself & another guy driving impaired hit him head on

      Posted by kelly | January 2, 2017, 12:23 pm
    • You didn’t know this family and your misjudgemnet is completely based on what the cameras permitted you to see. Sadly, just a few days ago Derek was killed in a tragic accident. I remember Derek, knew him and his brother from grade 5 til we graduated high school. His mother helped my family when my father was dying, small town where people still helped their neighbors. So go ahead and judge him based on the few minutes you seen on TV. But know this, you didn’t know him and now you never will. My prayers go out to his family, and hope that the tortured soul your spitefulness spews about has found his happiness. Test in Peace Derek…

      Posted by Kay | January 2, 2017, 6:16 pm
  9. So sad The demons finally got to Derek and he was killed in ahead on collision , because of his drinking , this wasn’t fake he despartely needed help . But refused to accept it and now he took his own life & another as well . Derek .., DK YOU HAD YOUR LIFE AHEAD OF YOU ????

    Posted by Kelly king | December 31, 2016, 10:28 am
  10. Man, not to sound cruel, but I am more upset about the person he murdered in the drunk driving accident. I do feel awful for his family, but I don’t have very much sympathy for him unfortunately. He had a once in a lifetime opportunity, that many people would be so unspeakably grateful for, myself included. So many peoples lives have been crushed because of his actions. One of that saddest outcomes I have seen come of an intervention episode.

    Posted by Chris M | January 4, 2017, 6:46 am
    • Agreed…His self centered focus on only his pain has ruined another family and group of friends lives by taking their loved one in an avoidable accident. Imagine the pain he’s inflicted on completely undeserving recipients.

      Posted by CC | January 7, 2017, 8:47 am
    • You are not being insensitive. People need to remember that an innocent sober person was just living their normal life and had the misfortune of being killed by being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Of course I feel for Derek’s innocent family, but I’m more concerned for the victim and his family. That could be any one of us, or our loved ones on the road that day. May the true victim Rest In Peace, and I hope Derek has finally found peace. In the end, looks, money, and all superficial things don’t matter.

      Posted by Stacy D. | May 23, 2018, 9:14 pm
  11. Heartbreaking conclusion. No offense but he was a really creepy guy. Sorry he took someone else’s life

    Posted by Dewey | January 5, 2017, 4:14 pm
  12. Addiction and mental health issues can be very misunderstood. I understand that many of you don’t have insight in this area. Its easy to pass judgement through one’s own assupmtions. I was always happy to see Derek. He was a good hearted, kind man who was always willing to lend a hand. He had many challenges. But, he had the courage to continue to search for serenity through recovery.

    Posted by Dover Tom | January 11, 2017, 10:47 pm
  13. This man has no worries now, he passed away from a car accident, took a anothers life too.

    http://www.chch.com/niagara-police-release-details-deadly-grimsby-crash/

    very sad times in Grimsby for the innocent 62 yr old volunteering his services at the time and is now dead too.

    Posted by D.K. | February 8, 2017, 1:16 pm
  14. I really don’t think people on this thread would be passing such negative judgment on Derek if he hadn’t killed another person while driving drunk. That’s sad, but completely understandable. Two too many lives were lost in this instance, and let’s just hope others can learn from his story and value not only their own life, but other lives as well.

    Posted by TM | February 13, 2017, 6:10 pm
  15. i am sorry Derek passed away. I am just wondering if his best friend that passed away a few months before Derek, was the man who was featured on his episode.

    Posted by Sara | February 17, 2017, 8:05 pm
  16. This episode was so depressing to watch. It reminds me of where my husband currently is. He is 38 years old and has cirrhosis. He supposedly hasn’t had a drink in 4 months. He is occasionally eating marijuana edibles. I wish with my entire being my husband had the opportunity to go away to rehab for at least 90 days. Without help he will surely die sooner rather than later. He says he hasn’t had alcohol but I find it hard to believe sometimes.

    Posted by Sad | September 4, 2017, 1:25 pm

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