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Episode 143: Shantel

Season 10, Episode 7

Age: 18
Location: Dunnville, Ontario
Addiction: Oxycontin
What’s memorable: I wonder how many kids with ADHD and get put on Ritalin end up being drug addicts.  There’s been a couple of them on this show. I’ll bet it happens a lot as a way to calm their brains. Anyway, Shantel. So young, so on the wrong path. Too bad the intervention didn’t take, she had potential.

Official Synopsis: Shantel uses OxyContin to cope with learning and mood disorders and to find friends in the drug culture. An overprotective mother provides her with money, and now Shantel, who faces potential jail time for a robbery, spends her days feeding her addiction in a motel.

Original Air Date: August 2011
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Jeff, Mental Problems, OxyContin, Season 10


15 Responses to “Episode 143: Shantel”

  1. The boyfriend of this woman’s mother is either a masochist–or a saint. I can’t imagine stepping into this family’s chaos by choice!

    Posted by Gregory Moore | September 26, 2014, 7:20 pm
  2. i dont know how many adhd kids who are treated with ritalin end up addicts,

    but im an adhd single mom with 3 adhd kids,(grown now) one of whom ended up addicted to various substances(doing well now thank god)

    and my BIGGEST regret in life is not educating myself about adhd, and not medicating my son.

    had he been treated with meds and therapy i think his schooling, social skills/life, and self-esteem would have been much better and possibly he would not have felt the need to self-medicate and develop addictions.

    however i cannot absolutely know that is true, but my advice is educate yourself, find a therapist who treats adhd clients, and find a medication that works for your kid.

    Posted by jamie | April 17, 2015, 3:55 pm
    • It’s actually far less likely that some one medicated for ADHD will end up an addict. I left a comment below talking about it but I highly recommend reading the book “healing ADD – the breakthrough program that allows you to see and heal the 7 types of ADD” by Daniel Amen.

      Posted by Nicole | August 4, 2015, 3:01 pm
  3. I have ADHD and have done a lot of research on the subject. Daniel Amen, one of the worlds top brain experts has identified 7 different types of ADHD by looking at brain scans. Certain types of ADHD need more than just Ritalin (or adderall, vyvanse, etc) to have positive effects and certain types are worse with just Ritalin. There have also been studies done and it’s far more likely for a child with ADHD to become an addict if they are medicated on the right meds. Therapy helps as well. If you or a loved one have ADHD I recommend reading the book “healing ADD – the breakthrough program that allows you to see and heal the 7 types of add” by Daniel Amen. Chantel provably has type 4/ temporal lobe ADHD from what they explained due to her violent and angry nature when unmedicated. That type of ADHD usually requires more than just a stimulant like Ritalin to heal.

    Posted by Nicole | August 4, 2015, 2:55 pm
  4. She has a kid now and looks to be clean. I’m not sure though. I found her facebook. It doesn’t have much.

    Posted by Ali M | April 6, 2016, 11:03 am
  5. She has a kid now and looks to be clean. I’m not sure though. I found her facebook.She also seems to be talking to her family

    Posted by Ali M | April 6, 2016, 11:04 am
  6. In response to the many comments I have read on this forum about ADHD drugs leading to addiction,that is not true. Especially when your addiction is to something that makes you sleepy. Just another excuse.

    Posted by Kim | December 20, 2017, 7:44 pm
    • I have read this directory for every episode of Intervention through this one yet this is my first comment. Just in case someone finds themselves reading the comment I’m replying to, it’s important to understand that substance use disorder is not limited by a given drugs effect (‘sleepy’, for example). Some in recovery are able to abstain from their drug of choice, but find themselves using something else in the same, destructive way.

      Although there are far too many reasons to get into for the purpose of this reply, it’s important to note that, just like an alcoholic or addict that is abstaining from their drug of choice, untreated ADHD sufferers experience a sense of irritability, discontentment, etc. Those diagnosed with ADHD experience the symptoms they do because of a lack of dopamine and serotonin. Those not only affect focus but also mood, and so the reasoning that ADHD sufferers are more prone to substance abuse / addiction is very sound. There are more and more stuides looking into this correlation. Of course everyone is different, and not all of those with ADHD will become addicts, but the connection is still there.

      Additionally, consuming psychoactive, mood/mind-altering substances like ADHD drugs can certainly lead to addiction. If this weren’t the case, acquiring a prescription for one wouldn’t require the level of scrutiny it does, filling a prescription wouldn’t involve special procedures every month to do so, etc. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory but still worth mentioning.

      Adderall and other ADHD medications have the ability to destroy people’s lives just like other substances, so I would hate for someone to see that comment and get it in their head that it’s okay to use/abuse depending on their specific circumstances and addiction history.

      Posted by Cody | June 24, 2018, 4:33 am
  7. Anyone have an update on Shantel?

    Posted by Susie | July 26, 2018, 9:57 am
  8. I think people who are dependent on drugs now would be in the same boat, if not worse off from being untreated as children. It’s far more likely that people take drugs because they have a biological disorder — then and now. In this case, they are diagnosed and prescribed medication as children because their lack of brain chemicals (mostly dopamine). When they get older, either their brain no longer needs the help or it does and they are untreated. As an older child and adult, most of us gain access to illegal and harmful drugs, which work for them and become a temporary solution. I do not believe ADHD medications bring about addiction later in life. Rather, they happen in parallel.

    I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult six years ago during my Master’s degree program in Social Work, and I have wondered and read about this topic a lot. My father was an alcoholic, and my brother is, too, now and has recently been addicted to stimulants. While they share the genes, they also share the same gender, household, history, family members, and experiences. I think it’s far more likely that addicts have a similar lack of neurotransmitters in the brain and unknowingly seek out ways to increase them, especially dopamine. I know because I have the same problem. Alcohol does that, as do many drugs, high-risk activities, staying up late, exorcising, eating, medication, etc. Some of us also have been taught to think about ourselves as inferior and less worthy than others. Many of us have been hurt, humiliated, and violated.

    The experiences we’ve had leave us unable to tolerate our feelings, stress, pressure and disappointments. We have trouble and need help coping, or we escape it altogether from a sense of helplessness. The outside sources of brain chemicals I listed, like what we see on Invervention, help people deal with life and pain — albeit, very ineffectively and by harming them/ourselves.

    Posted by Stacie H | January 31, 2019, 2:21 pm
  9. all i have to say is that poooooor, poor sister. so sad.

    Posted by Brooke | June 27, 2019, 2:12 am
  10. i’m pretty sure this is her, but i could be wrong. her and her sister (stephanie walker, she’s commented on some of her pics) look different now, but if you scroll through both of their pics, you can see the resemblance. and they’re from dunnville (one of stephanie’s pictures mentions dunnville, on)


    Posted by Brooke | June 27, 2019, 2:41 am

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