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Shandon-Intervention

 

Season 21, Episode 7

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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  1. Stefan

    Yah that withdrawal scene was terrifying to say the least.

  2. Rob

    Every time I think that Intervention can’t shock me anymore, I see something like that 10 gallon barrel of sharps in a bedroom. That was a rough episode.

  3. Billy

    The bullying that this girl endured broke my heart.

  4. Alice Schmid

    Jesus, this girl is like a walking greek tragedy.

    Her parents divorced when she was a baby, she and hersister live with their dad, while her mom moves to Arizona from Canada. Shandon is molested/raped at the age of 6 on the playground by an older kid. She is taken to the police to report and press charges, and that experience traumatized her even more. Her dad gets remarried, and she doesn’t get along with the step-mother; a new baby pushes her out to the furthest possible periphery of the family.

    She is always the weird kid in school, ostracized, bullied. Her own sister participates in it. She is repeatedly humiliated. Never able to socialize. Goes to live with her mother at age 16, only to find her dying of lung cancer. Comes home to live with her dad, and enters her full blown addiction.

    It is all horrible. I just want to fix it all for her….. her family has so much to account for…..

    1. Stefan

      Like Megan, the poor girl never had a chance sadly

    2. Karlita

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Extremely traumatic to say the least.

  5. Alice Schmid

    Is the dad wearing a terrible wig? Why?

    1. Stefan

      LOL yah his hair was a huge distraction.

      1. Xlio

        He must’ve been on a Motley Crue fan. Very Nikki Sixx.

    2. Stephanie

      Looks like Shandon is alive and well. Although I don’t know how well she looks better. Here’s her FB page:

      https://www.facebook.com/shandon.carpenter

    3. Kitty Katt

      If you thought it looked bad then, take a look at his hair now:

      https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009199268670

      1. April

        I think he looks great. For his age to have hair like that, kudos!

  6. Sam

    From her sister’s Facebook page commenting about the episode:

    “Weirdly they missed and didn’t air a lot of stuff. They focused primarily on her prostitution, and my mom leaving, my dad ect… but missed all the screaming, slamming doors so hard they almost broke off the hinges.Or all her mental health issues… the fact she was taking drugs for illnesses she didn’t even have. How she’s bipolar.That everyone in our family abandoned her.Or the fact on my honeymoon I had to call Shandon multiple times a day trying to convince her to stay. So much. But other than that it was well done. Very hard to watch. I bawled like a baby. Shandon now is part of a medical program, and is doing so well. This show changed my families life.”

    1. Kitty Katt

      I don’t agree with her sister.

      If anything, she’s the one who brought attention to the fact that their father basically lied to them as children about their mother “abandoning” them when in fact she wanted to fight for custody but he’s the one who had the good job and money that led to why he was awarded custody and not the mom.

  7. Kelly L gray

    Her sister was kind of snobby,and I believe always embarrassed by her little sister she should feel horrible about not sticking up for her and letting the bulling continue.Not many family members seemed to understand this girl.I hope she does get help she is worth saving and living a good life

    1. Yvonne

      Yeah. Even as an adult her sister seemed selfish but at least the family admitted to partaking in bullying Shandon themselves. Still horrible how the sister acts as if Shandon should just drop the drugs at her house when she’s already aware of the heavy potential withdrawal Shandon goes through.

      1. Lynne dalton

        I felt the same way how on earth can you be ashamed of your beautiful little sister who suffered rape at the age of 6 finally had a chance she always dreamed reconnecting with her mother than a fatal news she was dying from lung cancer her health her looks deteriorating right in front of her 😥 her sister should been there for her a shoulder to cry on and to stand up for her against the bullying…. my little sister was Bullied in school I confronted the bully she wasn’t bullied after that day this was the saddest intervention I ever watch I pray she finds healing and the willing to live God please wrap her in your son arms and surround her with angels

      2. Kitty Katt

        I gave the sister a little slack because as an adult, she admits how guilty she feels about how she acted as a child/teenager.

        I have an older sister (6 years apart). When I was a very young teenager and she was an older teenager, we couldn’t stand each other at one point. As adults, we are best friends and I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have her in my life.

  8. AK

    It was hard for me to finish this one because I see myself in her. I got bullied the way she did, for 8 years, and it was just absolute hell. I developed an eating disorder and got addicted to food and pills and drank a lot.
    I spent years in therapy to be able to live a life that is not surrounded by addiction and unhealthy coping mechanisms.
    But I still think I am ugly and I often feel worthless. The kids who bullied me don’t even remember it. I went to one class reunion and they acted like we were good friends.

    I wish people would realise that bullying truly destroys whole lives. You can get better and live a healthy life but it never just goes away.

    I hope she is doing better now and she completed treatment. It was so sad to see everyone ignoring her. They were just looking away, hoping it’ll go away one day… “Please don’t overdose in my house” was a very f-ed up sentence from her sister..

    1. Stefan

      I’ve noticed the same thing when I encounter former bullies, and it enrages me to no end.

    2. Tammy

      I am sorry that you were bullied. Please know that you are worth more than how people treated you.

  9. Jeremy

    Great episode. I can relate to her in many ways.

    I sure get her character – very, very likable person, who, I believe, with the proper opportunities, would do very well – she’d thrive, and everyone around her would love her.

    We’re pulling for you, Shandon!!

  10. Julia

    I cant believe i missed all these recent ones! Does anybody know where i can watch this?

    1. Xlio

      You can purchase on amazon prime

  11. Tyler

    I honestly could not continue watching this one. Of all the awful traumas and setbacks she had to endure, for some reason the sleepover “prank“ hit me in the deepest pit of my gut. Something about the casual cruelty of kids at that age (in middle school when you really become cognizant of, and jockeying for, social status) is just so sharply devastating. I’m an adult male so I never really had to experience the dynamics of tween girl cliques, but I do remember the sort of raw and emotional vulnerability, which at that point she definitely had a lot of. God I hope she’s okay

    1. Stefan

      Indeed. I’m 33 and if I see a group of tweens coming towards me I will cross the street.

  12. Alyssa Wells

    The dopesick scene/not being able to find a vein is terrifying but thank GOD they are showing it. Yes we get the part about nodding off and overdosing but they don’t show enough to educate people on withdrawals.

    Anyone know where to get updates on intervention cast members?

  13. Pang

    Her dad really seems like a piece of work. What an asshole. I feel so much for her.

  14. Nivey

    Ugh this episode was one of the most graphic! My heart breaks for Shandon, she was dealt such a shitty hand in life! I would love and pray to see her recover and live a healthy and happy life. She’s so so young and has her entire life ahead of her! I definitely don’t think the Dad deserves any Dad of the year awards but he was left alone to raise two small daughters. Which I’m sure was hard. As far as the episode goes he was a total enabler and looked totally lost as to what to do for her now, but you could see his pain. The older sister annoyed me most! How dare she not stick up for Shandon being bullied!? Awful. At least she admitted it and hopefully she can ask for forgiveness. The other sister admitted that Shandon was invisible to the family! Omg, terrible! Poor Shandon. I pray she rises above this all and finds her way. She deserves it. <3

  15. Chrissy

    Jesus, her dad… Is he for real?? He thanked her drug dealer for coming over. He acts like he has no idea how life threatening this is for his daughter. He’s playing dumb, acting as though he doesn’t quite understand. He’s creepy as hell.

    1. BJ

      Shandon is one of the worst cases I have seen on this show. It is truly heartbreaking.
      I was surprised to see that she left treatment and started using again.
      I am surprised that this young woman is still alive. I wish her the absolute best and hope she will again go through rehab and this time be successful and live a happy, healthy, life.
      Bless you, Shandon.

  16. Gigi

    This girl hurts my heart…she’s so beautiful but so uncomfortable in her skin. I truly hope she can find a way to love herself.