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Episode 243: Shandon

Season 21, Episode 6

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

Categories: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Death of Loved One, Fentanyl, Intervention Canada Episodes, Season 21


21 Responses to “Episode 243: Shandon”

  1. Yah that withdrawal scene was terrifying to say the least.

    Posted by Stefan | September 1, 2020, 10:28 pm
  2. 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.

    Posted by Rob | September 2, 2020, 12:44 am
  3. The bullying that this girl endured broke my heart.

    Posted by Billy | September 2, 2020, 5:15 am
  4. 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…..

    Posted by Alice Schmid | September 2, 2020, 7:46 pm
  5. Is the dad wearing a terrible wig? Why?

    Posted by Alice Schmid | September 2, 2020, 7:52 pm
  6. Her sister made this post about the episode:


    Posted by Sam | September 3, 2020, 5:13 am
  7. 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.”

    Posted by Sam | September 3, 2020, 5:17 am
    • 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.

      Posted by Kitty Katt | November 16, 2020, 6:02 pm
  8. 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

    Posted by Kelly L gray | September 4, 2020, 3:36 am
    • 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.

      Posted by Yvonne | September 5, 2020, 4:03 am
      • 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

        Posted by Lynne dalton | September 14, 2020, 12:56 pm
        • 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.

          Posted by Kitty Katt | November 16, 2020, 5:38 pm
  9. 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..

    Posted by AK | September 7, 2020, 4:54 am
  10. 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!!

    Posted by Jeremy | September 10, 2020, 2:33 pm

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