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Episode 241: Courtney

Season 21, Episode 5

Age: 25
Location: Kenora, Ontario, Canada
Addiction: Hydromorphone and other opiates, meth

Official Synopsis:  An adventurous child with a love for animals, Courtney dreamed of growing up to be a veterinarian. Tragically, when she was just seven years old, her best friend died in a drowning accident and Courtney was never the same. The loss left her closed off and moody. In her teenage years, that moodiness turned to rebellion and she began to experiment with drugs. Today, Courtney no longer cares about her health or safety. Her alarming re-use of dirty needles has taken her to the brink of death. If Courtney doesn’t accept treatment, her life is surely at risk.

What’s Memorable:  Another painful dinner scene. So many painful dinner scenes in this show! The well-intentioned and but egregiously enabling mother. How badly ravaged her body is from the drugs, with flesh eating disease and open sores all over her face. This girl is only 25 years old, it’s tragic how much irreversible damage she has already done to herself.  That intervention was a good one, so disappointing that it didn’t take.

Date Aired: August 17, 2020 in US, aired as Intervention Canada Season 4 in October 2018.

Interventionist: Geri Bermister (She’s pretty good. I like this line: “Remember that you’re not turning you back on her, you’re turning your back on her addiction”).

Categories: Addicted Parent, Death of Loved One, Intervention Canada Episodes, Meth, Pain Meds, Season 21, Traumatic Incident


40 Responses to “Episode 241: Courtney”

  1. Are there any recent updates on courtney almost 2 years after her intervention? I was really rooting for her the whole episode <3

    Posted by Chelsea | August 19, 2020, 5:39 am
    • Her last Instagram post is from January, she looks a lot better/healthier. I’m not sure when the episode was filmed though..Because even in her posts from 2013 she looks better than on the show. (it’s really her, can’t be anyone else)

      (copied half my other comment in case you missed that one)

      Posted by AK | August 19, 2020, 8:57 am
    • My baby’s dad (who is in the problem) just told me that he’s seen her around Winnipeg and knows for a fact that she’s currently an active user.
      Very heartbreaking that she didn’t take advantage of the opportunity that was given to her.

      Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2020, 9:45 pm
  2. I’ve seen all Intervention throughout the years, but this was the first episode where I had to pause several times because I was so angry.
    The whole family is just the worst enablers I’ve ever seen on this show and Courtney is the most manipulative addict. It was incredibly frustrating to see her family walk on eggshells around her and her mom literally giving her everything except real help that she needed.
    I couldn’t believe that they supported her after her leg was nearly lost and after her mom was watching her shoot up in that motel room more than once. Just unbelievable.
    I was a 100% sure she’ll leave treatment and she did.

    Her last Instagram post is from January, she looks a lot better/healthier. I’m not sure when the episode was filmed though..Because even in her posts from 2013 she looks better than on the show.

    Posted by AK | August 19, 2020, 8:56 am
    • What’s her name on Instagram?

      Posted by Ami | August 19, 2020, 12:15 pm
    • I agree. Her Mom was so weak and harmed her daughter by giving in. The show was hard to watch because this young beautiful girl was in such bad shape it was disgusting the way she was living. I have a feeling she was going to leave treatment also in fact it seems since the new season aired practically every person has left treatment so far.

      Posted by Marie Hollingshead | August 25, 2020, 12:37 pm
  3. This was a hard episode to watch. Picking always makes me cringe and what happened to her leg was awful. I hope Courtney is now doing better as her Instagram profile seems to suggest. I agree that Geri is a great interventionist, dare I say the Candy of Intervention Canada.

    Posted by Stefan | August 19, 2020, 12:05 pm
    • I agree! I didn’t think I was going to like Geri but right after she spoke a few sentences I was like yeah she’s cool LOL. I love her demeanor and the way she talks, she says really good stuff that I haven’t heard before, so huge fan! Definitely Candy energy

      Posted by Elizabeth | August 19, 2020, 3:29 pm
  4. Why do you think so far this season has only been Canadian episodes? I don’t mind at all, I love the Canadian accents, just wondering why there hasn’t been an american episode yet.
    Also, I was SO disappointed to see that she left treatment, she is such a beautiful girl even ravaged as she was, and I was excited to see her all healthy at the end.
    I also can’t believe the guy she was with for four years. To terminate a pregnancy with that man and then he had a baby with someone else a FEW MONTHS later??? That is devastating, my jaw dropped. I hope Courtney is healing and is doing better these days!! If anyone could share her instagram/give updates that would be appreciated!

    Posted by Elizabeth | August 19, 2020, 3:27 pm
  5. Okay uh from her instagram, after the show she seemed to move in with an older man, possibly her father took her in? And honestly, from the vibe of her instagram and her last post being back in January, idk, I don’t think she’s doing that good 🙁 not sure if I’m allowed to say what exactly her instagram is but i found it by googling “courtney intervention canada instagram” lol

    Posted by Elizabeth | August 19, 2020, 3:42 pm
    • I take it back. I was thinking about the other Courtney.

      Posted by Ami | August 19, 2020, 4:23 pm
    • I am not saying she is doing good, but she is not dead, which is kind of a surprise, we all saw how she looked like in the episode.
      She gained weight and looks healthier in general. It doesn’t mean she has a super fantastic life all of a sudden. I highly doubt that.
      But I’m glad if her family sticks to the bottom lines, because her mom had no life on her own anymore.

      Posted by AK | August 20, 2020, 1:00 pm
      • Yeah thats true, I too was shocked she still is alive, as bad as that is to even say. She looked as bad as Katie almost! She does look a tad healthier in her photos, but of course, instagram is not a good indication on how anyone is doing, good or bad. I agree! I hope the mom is at least living her own life, so stressful to watch.

        Posted by Elizabeth | August 21, 2020, 9:10 pm
        • who’s katie?

          Posted by Alice Schmid | August 22, 2020, 7:52 am
        • Katie is the one whose addiction has messed up her veins so badly that she had to take heroin anally. Yup, you read that right.

          Katie’s face was picked so bad that the scars around her mouth affected her speech. They had to use subtitles even when she wasn’t under the influence because her speech was so garbled. She was a gorgeous woman before all this happened, and I was shocked.

          Posted by Sudie | September 28, 2020, 9:42 am
  6. I don’t think that’s her. It doesn’t look like her.

    Posted by Ami | August 19, 2020, 4:22 pm
  7. More Geri, please! Immediately after watching this ep I scoured YouTube for more Geri vids. Her voice and overall affect are so soothing – she would be great at ASMR!

    Posted by Annette | August 19, 2020, 11:57 pm
  8. One part of this episode irked me: when Courtney is heading to the airport after the Intervention and tells Geri that she’d “never really thought of” doing anything just for her (or something along those lines). She didn’t strike me as a selfless person once during the episode.

    Posted by Rob | August 22, 2020, 3:12 pm
    • Agreed. Everything she did was self-serving. That’s the issue with intervention, not every addict is ready and she wasn’t. Her social media accounts still show her partying and living that lifestyle. Addiction is sad.

      Posted by Alex | August 22, 2020, 6:31 pm
      • Yeah, I just had a look at her Instagram and it’s terrifying. Shortly after her episode aired in Canada, she was cozying up to a man probably 35-40 years older than her and in terrible shape.

        Posted by Rob | August 26, 2020, 12:13 am
        • That’s sad to hear. I predict she will soon be joining the “addicts who have died” page sooner rather than later.

          Posted by Stefan | August 26, 2020, 1:20 am
      • We only know 45 mins of this girls life & it was during her active addiction. To say that she was self serving is an assumption & imo a wrong one. Her addiction & disease is self serving but I think the real Courtney is absolutely selfless. Described by her family as saving all animals she came across, loving others before herself. You gotta look deeper than the active addiction.

        Posted by Tara | September 17, 2020, 3:13 am
  9. I can’t remember another addict that looked as physically sick as this.

    Posted by MadiR | August 23, 2020, 8:13 pm
  10. Is there anyway to watch this without cable. I no longer have cable:(

    Posted by Mrs. Emily | September 9, 2020, 12:05 pm
  11. This has to be by Far the worse addict they’ve aired. So freaking heart breaking.

    Posted by Brand | September 9, 2020, 4:31 pm

    Posted by Cliff lanc Davis | September 14, 2020, 1:40 pm
  13. It was so hard to watch this sweet beautiful young lady. I felt so bad for the mom. That’s her baby . I’m the mom of an angel addict. I found my son Tony deceased. He died from fentanyl poisoning. I went through his addiction with him for over 8 years. He had been clean for 8 months. Addiction is a disease and it affects the whole family. I pray she is doing better.

    Posted by Tammy | September 14, 2020, 1:46 pm
  14. I was an addict for years & had a few relapses after I first got clean, I’ve been completely clean for 4 yrs now. This episode even made me cringe, seeing her leg & face it just shattered my heart because I know that behind that addiction there’s a beautiful, kind girl. I really hope that she can find a shred of hope & grab it because it’s literally life & death. I have seen a lot of addicts in my life but I don’t think I have ever seen someone so terminally ill in addiction as Courtney. I hope she can choose life & not death. I’m glad her mom got help because she was addicted to Courtney & her disease as Courtney was to drugs.

    Posted by Tara | September 17, 2020, 3:25 am
  15. I really like Geri (the interventionist). She’s compassionate and no-nonsense, and I believe she has a better approach than Maureen does. It seems like Maureen repeats what the loved ones say to her, and Maureen tends to condescend. I’m sure she does what she does out of love and caring, but to me, it really grates.

    I really hope Courtney is OK and continues to be OK. She deserves good things.

    Posted by Sudie | September 27, 2020, 10:49 pm

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