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Robert (intervention Canada)

Season 16, Episode 13

Robert (Robbie)
Age:  28
Location:  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Addiction: GHB, Meth

What’s Memorable: This one is absolutely heartbreaking and it’s one of the most moving and uplifting episodes of Intervention ever. The family dynamics of the 3 adult children here are clearly the fault of neglectful and absent family members. I think that’s what Andrew was getting at during the Intervention – yeah mom was the huge fuck up who did everything exactly wrong but where was everyone else? There were 3 kids here that needed family and no one was there for them. The sisters had to parent their little brother, feel helpless when he wanted to stay with the mom who sold him off, had to see him being horribly abused, and weren’t able do anything about any of it. As adults, with all those guilt issues weighing on them, they are trying to reconnect and do something to help him in his pain. The dinner they all had together -you could feel Robbie’s sense of being out of place, of wanting to be able to talk to his sisters but not having the tools to say anything meaningful, despite how he may have felt about being with them again. The intervention was one of the best I’ve seen. Andrew rocked it, and the followup was amazing. Dammit I love this episode.

Official Synopsis: Sweet, adorable and with a shock of blond hair, young Robbie was doted on by his two older sisters, Cara and Kristy. The trio were inseparable. Even as their home life descended into chaos when their mother turned to drugs and prostitution, the three siblings took care of each other. When the situation got worse and they were sent to foster care, they still stuck together. But eventually 11-year-old Robbie would separate from his sisters, escaping foster care to search for his wayward mother. He found her, only to follow her down a heart-breaking path of destructive drug use. Now 28, Robbie’s sisters unite to see if there’s any chance of saving their little brother and becoming a family again.

Date Aired:  January 2017

Categories: Addicted Parent, Childhood Sexual Abuse, GHB, Intervention Canada Episodes, Meth, Most Uplifting Episodes, Other Addiction Shows


32 Responses to “Robert (intervention Canada)”

  1. This was honestly the most heartbreaking episode for me personally. I felt like he struggled so much with the physical interaction with his family because of the abuse he endured as a child. You could tell he was so worried he’d say the wrong thing or that he’d make someone upset. It was just heartbreaking.. even in recovery he seemed so sad behind the smile it just hurt i want to give him such a huge hug… such an amazing human being and i pray he stays sober

    Posted by JBoogie | October 25, 2017, 12:55 am
  2. I loved this episode. The anguish he must of held inside through his childhood. You can tell he is s good soul and I fell in love with his spirit and soul. I hope he stays clean and should get a follow up. I’d love to know where his story has gone.

    Posted by Cassandra Robertson | December 11, 2017, 8:06 pm
  3. What a great episode! I find it amazing how after all he’s been through he’s still so kind, generous and respectful. I hope this guy is doing well…he deserves it.

    Posted by Martin Garcia | December 16, 2017, 2:29 pm
    • This was absolutely the most touching and heart breaking episodes. Praying for his continued sobriety. Praying for Cara – she deserves the world. Praying for the entire family. God bless! Robbie, we’re all rooting for you! So much love ❤️

      Posted by KMJay | November 30, 2020, 6:29 pm
  4. I cried my ass off at the end , couldnt hold it in ! What a lovely, brave and strong man. YOu are a real inspiration Robbie. xx

    Posted by Becs Smith | January 9, 2018, 2:33 am
  5. I have never wanted to hug someone more. To know just a tiny bit of what he went through and to know he is still so caring is a lesson for us all. Im rooting for you!

    Posted by Allison | January 12, 2018, 8:14 am
  6. Wow, what an incredible episode. My heart ached for this man, he was never given a chance in life and was so intensely hurt so young. At the end of the episode I was ready to be so upset when it says he left after 3 days or whatever like the Canada ones usually do, but I just started SOBBING when i saw that he stayed, and to see him with his sister at the end, with her so overwhelmed with relief and joy…it was absolutely beautiful.

    Posted by Grace | January 19, 2018, 11:55 pm
  7. Robbie we are rooting for you!! I pray that you are still sober and clean. This episode is so heart wrenching because even with all the hurt that you went through he was still able to be kind to others. God bless you Robbie, take it one day at a time.

    Posted by Tina | January 27, 2018, 5:47 am
  8. Can someone tell me what the girlfriend Kathy was doing with the credit card when she was trying to wake him up? I didn’t understand that part

    Posted by Adriana | February 20, 2018, 6:31 am
  9. What an amazing episode. I hope that robbie stayed sober. He seems like such a sweet and kind soul. I don’t think I’ve wanted to hug someone so much!

    Posted by Laura | February 23, 2018, 5:22 am
  10. any updates on him!! what a wonderful person!

    Posted by Stace | April 22, 2018, 6:44 pm
  11. Wow this was such an upsetting episode. He was sexually abused throughout his entire childhood and sold by his mother of all people. I hope he finds happiness in his life because he deserves it.

    They never really talked about the mother. I wonder what ever happened to her. Perhaps I missed it. The maternal grandmother seem so distant and unwilling to accept that her daughter caused so many of these kids problems.

    This is why early intervention in childhood is key. This kid slipped through the cracks.

    Posted by Heather | May 24, 2018, 3:15 pm
  12. You are so amazing. I think about your story daily and would love to talk to Robby in person someday I don’t know if he sees these but it’s worth a shot.

    Posted by Jennifer walsh | June 20, 2018, 5:00 pm
  13. I just watched Robbie’s episode. I cried a river of tears. He is such an amazing, adorable soul. Please, let me know he is doing great. He deserves it.

    Posted by Lucy Silva | September 21, 2018, 3:09 pm
  14. I have never felt my heart go out to someone on this show as much as it went out to Robbie. He was gracious and kind and thought about everyone else before himsef, even after a life full of so much pain and betrayal. I can’t even sleep because I’m so distraught over what he went through… I bawled my eyes out through the whole episode. Thank God Robbie you made it! I want an update! Someone tell us if Robbie is okay! He has a fan club cheering him on and we all see the beautiful soul in him! I am praying for you…Keep fighting the good fight, we love you Robbie! (Also my son’s name). 💗💗💗

    Posted by Amy T | October 5, 2018, 12:47 am
  15. When I saw his transformation at the end of the episode i thought with myself “what a beautiful mannn”. I hope he is fine now.

    Posted by Fer | January 5, 2019, 12:46 pm
  16. I just saw this episode tonight, June 1, 2019 and I’m wondering where Robbie is now and how he is doing. Such a moving story and such a wonderful ending. I hope that this incredible young man is living the life he is meant to live with love and support and that his family is strong and still connected.

    Posted by Sandy | June 1, 2019, 11:53 pm
  17. i have lots of observations from this episode. first, those poor kids. what a hard life. especially robbie. their mother is a MONSTER. how could anyone do that to another person, much less a child, much less YOUR child! i wish they would have said where she is now, if they even know. that is the least close knit family i’ve ever seen in the history of intervention. most of them hadn’t seen each other for 6-10 years. i want to know why the father or grandmother didn’t take all 3 kids from day one instead of them going into foster care? maybe they couldn’t for some reason, who knows, but if one of them could have, they certainly should have. maybe all this could have been avoided. but hindsight is 20/20, as they say.

    the father clearly cared, but he sure was full of excuses. what possible good could have come from him saying that the mother didn’t want the youngest daughter and he had to talk her out of an abortion though??? None. it only resulted in hurt feelings. i can’t believe he said that.

    i wonder what happened to the bag of meth that he had in his hand when he was in the car on the way to his “last interview” aka the intervention? he didn’t get the opportunity to do it and left from there to go to the airport. i guess we’ll never know.

    that’s so incredibly generous of the dentist to fix robbie’s teeth for free. maybe robbie just isn’t used to the new teeth yet but if that’s not the case, and i apologize for saying this, but i don’t think the dentist did a very good job. i hate to knock a good deed, that’s certainly not my intent. surely his teeth are better than what they were before. i know that is a stumbling block for many recovering addicts, the state of their teeth. if only they all could have a dentist so generously help them.

    Posted by Brooke | July 7, 2019, 3:06 pm
  18. I have seen almost every episode of this show and lived through addiction in my daughter’s father. I’ve never, ever felt so moved by anyone- Robbie and his sisters. I pray he’s still on his path of sobriety; he truly deserves it! Also, kudos to Andrew on how he handled this delicate situation, especially with the abortion comment. I love how positive he is and how he seems to CARE!

    Posted by Slew | July 11, 2019, 5:31 pm
  19. I wish I could meet him
    This episode touched my heart so much
    Out of all the episodes I have watched this one well forever break my heart
    How omg how could a mother do that
    I am so sick to my stomach
    Robbie from the bottom of my heart
    I wanted to hug you so bad watching this episode
    Omg I can’t even imagine your pain
    I don’t even know where to begin with my prayers for you
    I’m just so lost for words
    Thinking of you and praying you are ok

    Posted by Lorraine Tipple | September 12, 2019, 1:19 am
  20. I don’t think this is available in the IS. So his mother SOLD him? As in, prostitution? What an abhorrent thing to do! I hope she is rotting in prison somewhere, but I know she’s probably not. God in heaven, what is wrong with people? I hope he is out there, living the best life. Damn, he deserves all the happiness in the world. And god bless all the child protective workers who have to hear about and deal with monsters like her.

    Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2019, 5:39 pm
  21. He did really well to get off G, the withdrawals can kill both physically and mentally. I cannot believe he was going 10mls!! 1ml can put you in a coma and die. I know friends of friends that have died in this stuff!! He’s done so well. What’s crappy distant family he had! Selfish and distant! Thank goodness for his sisters and now his dads back. I hope he’s doing ok still? The family need to talk through with therapy, so they can heal.

    Posted by Maz | October 2, 2019, 5:52 am
  22. Y’all! He looks so good! Sobriety has been treating him very well! So proud of him!


    Posted by kpowell | October 9, 2019, 6:25 pm
  23. Omg, i am so so happy for Robbie. This intervention episode touched me and all i was thinking in the end was how much i just wanted to give him a big hug.
    He was beautiful then and is beautiful now!
    Im really happy for him.

    Posted by Fefe | August 7, 2020, 10:07 pm
  24. Absolutely my favourite episode! someone who has been through so much as a child, abused and unloved by his mother turned out to be so beautifully sweet and caring! He is amazing! And his dad needs to take some responsibility and the grandmother, I mean come on your daughter is a total F*ck up, and you need to take some responsibility!!

    His sister Cara is an absolute angel, to have gone through all of this too and just being so supportive and amazing, I think she needs some love and support too….I love that trio!
    God bless, I hope life gets more and more amazing for the 3 of them!!

    Posted by Ash | August 14, 2020, 5:08 pm
  25. Holy moley, he got super freaking hot when he got clean! Like omg mega hot! WOW! Go Robbie!!

    Posted by Rebecca | August 20, 2020, 3:57 pm
  26. Looked at his facebook and omg he seems to be doing so well!! He’s so handsome! And the “gay for a day” shirts him and his friends had on for whatever rally they were at skskskdfh Robbie said gay rights we LOVE a king!!! <33

    Posted by Elizabeth H | August 21, 2020, 10:32 pm

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