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Season 22, Episode 10 (Intervention Canada)

Elizabeth
Age: 29
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Addiction: Fentanyl with Cocaine

Official Synopsis: Elizabeth’s single mother suffered from depression and alcoholism, and completed suicide when she was 8. She was shuffled in and out of foster homes before her father decided to try and raise her. In high school, she turned to alcohol to cope with her feelings of abandonment and isolation. Eventually Elizabeth began dating a drug dealer and replaced alcohol with opioids. Now 22 and hooked on a deadly combination of fentanyl and cocaine, Elizabeth sells drugs to fund her nearly $400/day addiction. Her father and half-sister are hoping an intervention will save Elizabeth from following her mother’s path to an early grave.

What’s Memorable: [Guest Post by Stefan] Elizabeth truly had the cards stacked against her early on both in nature and nurture. Honestly it would be surprising if someone who went through what she did ended up not becoming an addict. The craziness that took place during the day of the intervention was truly bonkers, and thankfully they were able to still have the intervention (spoiler: they always do even when they tease that it may not happen, as the show wouldn’t air if it didn’t happen). I commend Elizabeth for keeping her word and returning to treatment after leaving the first time, and I have hope that she will return again after her legal issues are straightened out.

Interventionist: Geri (who handled it like a BOSS)
Date Aired: May 10 2021  (Aired as Intervention Canada Season 5 Episode 3, on April 15, 2019)

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  1. Sudie

    I like Geri’s style re: how she runs interventions. She’s Canada’s version of Seth here in the US.

    1. Gigi

      I like Geri also but Seth is my all time favorite…he’s a master!

      1. K Ay

        Yeah. Seth is a legend

    2. Xlio

      I like her style a lot too! And yeah, Seth is amazing, he really does not mince words but has a lot of heart and cares about what he’s doing. I bought Release on a whim from Prime and was delighted to see him 🙂

  2. Miranda Grim

    When her best friend says that Elizabeth is going to see right through it. That’s REAL. I also saw those exact same sentiments mirrored in the eyes of her Dad, Uncle & Godfather. And when the interventionist said to her best friend, when she said she wants to be there when it’s bad or even at the end, the interventionist said “So you want to be an accessory to that?” What? That’s not the right direction to go in. Healing does not have to mean that you lose every true person you’ve ever known. When the Godfather said she asked him to come over and make sure she was still BREATHING and the interventionist told him to stop doing it, he didn’t answer her. Because he knew he could never do that and I’m right there with him. I am so proud this family stuck to their guns in their love for her, because she will watch this some day and she won’t see a room of people just ready to give her right up. And we finally make it to the intervention and guess what? It’s HEAVY on the zero tolerance for contact/“you can’t live in my home” tip. I’m not sure about this interventionist at ALL. She doesn’t seem to have anything constructive to offer…she has told this entire room that she can’t be saved unless everyone says they’ll leave her. Which is exactly the opposite of what she needs. Hey this kid felt deserted all her life LET’S SCARE HER WITH THIS THAT SHOULD WORK. Well let’s see…it didn’t. She kept running home to check on Dad. I don’t have to wonder why. This style of intervention is not the best fit for a lot of people and because of the PTSD people suffer when they feel deserted as a child, they should not ever do this. I used to always agree with how they do it, but these past few years I find myself wanting to scream at the facilitators. Some of these interventions anymore are aggressive, unbalanced, two dimensional and hasty. The producers busting into her house before daylight…saying we have to go to our interview it will just take 2 minutes…uh, really? If you didn’t think she knew it was an intervention before, then she certainly knows now!! Terrible job on this one, guys.

    1. Jazz

      I’m curious about what you believe a more appropriate direction would be to go in? The intention of an intervention is to manufacture a bottom. It’s not to remove people entirely. That’s the whole point, to use the value of these meaningful relationships as leverage to get the person to consider what their options really are without their best friends, family, and other key players coming in to rescue them. If these folks keep doing things as they are, then there is literally no motivation for the addict to change a thing. As they say, nothing changes if nothing changes. The conditions have to change to see the recovery happen.

      I like this interventionist’s direct and firm way of guiding the process. It may not sound palatable to be asked, “do you want to be an accessory?” Maybe it’s nothing palatable because the answer is always, “no.” Good. Let’s go with that, then, because otherwise, she’s dying and you’re helping her. That’s the definition of an accessory.

      1. Jazz

        *edit typo: maybe it’s not palatable because…

  3. Elizabeth

    Is the rest of the season going to be Canada episodes? I miss the whole Las Vegas thing :/

    1. Dizzy

      Yeah, hard to know until the episode airs, A&E is notoriously stingy and unreliable with its episode information, but I’m betting the Vegas thing is over now and any remaining episodes will be Canada. I did see a promo that the show would be returning in early June, so it sounds like it won’t be on again for a week or two then who knows how many more episodes there will be. I miss the Vegas thing too! I thought that was great. Fortunately the Canada episodes they’re airing have been pretty good ones too so I’m still overall really pleased with this season, but I do wish the Vegas theme had gone on longer. I could be wrong though, maybe they’ll be back after this hiatus.

  4. Pang

    I was surprised no one called her out on how she blamed everyone else for her problems- she seemed really manipulative the way she interacted with her sister and her dad.