Season 22 Episode 5
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Addiction: Xanax, heroin
Official Synopsis: Born in Las Vegas, Erika overcame a heroin addiction due to childhood trauma, but now anxiety from the COVID-19 pandemic has caused her to relapse, placing her life and her dream in jeopardy.
What’s Memorable: The sweet siblings, the photo shoot, the crazy dangerous drug mixing, “doing bars”, the compulsive smiling, the mom who told her if she had obeyed the house rules she wouldn’t have gotten herself raped, the fact that no one else in the family even knows that happened (I wonder if she told them before the show aired?), and the Covid-ness of the whole situation. It made me think a lot about how this pandemic is going to be the “and then Covid happened” part of so many peoples’ addiction stories, and for so many different reasons.
Date Aired: April 12, 2021
Interventionist: Vance Johnson – Great article about Vance’s story and his appreciation of Intervention here on ESPN.com