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Season 22, Episode 15 (Intervention Canada)

Nicholette
Age: 25
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Addiction: Crack

Official Synopsis: The youngest of three siblings, Nicholette was a bright, creative child. Growing up, she developed a very close relationship with her father, despite the fact that he was a binge drinker who would disappear for days at a time. Nicholette’s mother kept the family functioning, but when she was diagnosed with cancer, she separated from Nicholette’s father to beat her illness. Nicholette started dating, partying and dabbling with drugs. Now 27, Nicholette’s addiction is out of control, and her family fears that without a successful intervention they will lose her to drugs forever.

What’s Memorable:  The ‘psychosis’ diagnosis that was apparently 100% a result of the drugs and not a standalone mental illness. Wacky dad Bernie trying desperately to be her best friend and drinking buddy so that she’d feel comfortable telling him about her problems (and probably because he needed someone to be sick with too). I understand the impulse to pretend you’re ok with someone’s addiction so that they don’t shut you out, but man is that hella unhealthy.  I was shocked in the end that Bernie refused treatment but actually did quit drinking that day – when does that ever happen on this show?  So great to see Nicholette at treatment healthy and happy. She seems like a genuinely kind and lovely person, really hope things work out for her and she’s able to start really living again, without the belief that she’s a “lost cause” and mentally ill.

Interventionist: Maureen Brine
Date Aired: June 21 2021  (Aired as Intervention Canada Season 4 Episode 10, on Nov 10, 2018)

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  1. April S.

    I’m really hoping all the Internet sleuths here can find some current info on Nicholette and Bernie. I hope she’s doing well; she seems like such a sweet girl with so much potential. And her Dad, goodness gracious…the whole show I kept thinking, “He’s acting like this is all a big joke,” even at the Intervention, snickering and laughing. I commend him on (successfully??) quitting drinking on his own; that’s tough to do.

    1. Ashley

      I’m hoping so too- I can’t find anything yet.

  2. Gigi

    Dizzy I thought it said Bernie did end up going to treatment?

    1. Dizzy

      Yeah you’re right now that I think about it. He went to a local outpatient treatment on his own, he just didn’t take them up what they offered him at the intervention. I guess that should count as going to treatment though.

      1. Stefan

        I thought technically that doesn’t count as it wasn’t what was offered to him. I’m going by the qualifications for the “who didn’t go to treatment” section. Alissa is included in there even though she did attend a local gambling recovery outpatient program.

  3. Gregory D Moore

    Well, that was…a strange one. The whole thing left me…weirdly dispassionate about the participants. When the father appeared at the intervention, I thought, “Are you KIDDING?” I guess, in a way, it had the desired effect of getting both of them into recovery, but isn’t that a pretty large risk to take, with a loose-cannon like the father? What if Nicholette had said, “If he’s not going, I’m not either.” One of the strangest INTERVENTION episodes in quite some time. I didn’t much care for the interventionist, either.

    1. Kitty Katt

      There is an episode similar to this one about the dad being an alcoholic and his daughter being the addict. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s the one under Tiffany, the heroin addict.

    2. Gigi

      I think part of the dispassion you perceived was probably largely due to the nature of Nicholette’s addiction…it’s hard to connect with someone who is disconnected from reality. And even when he was sober her father really CHOSE to be disconnected from reality so there wasn’t a lot to relate to until the end.

  4. Just me

    She looks good!!

    I think she’s clean.

    https://www.facebook.com/nikki.claudette.395

    1. Kitty Katt

      I wonder if that’s her child.

  5. Alice Schmid

    weird episode. You don’t have psychosis, you aren’t full of psychosis. You are psychotic which simply means delusional. These people were annoying.

  6. Todd

    I checked Nicholette’s Facebook and it certainly looks like she is clean – although you can never tell for sure by pictures. I hope she is clean because I liked her. The one I found irritating was the Father. I couldn’t figure him out. Did he really think it was in Nicholette’s best interest to drink with her? Was he just a drunk? Was he trying to be a Dad to her? Was he just a moron? I couldn’t tell what he was all about or trying to do.

    1. Gigi

      Nicholette’s father was an infant…I don’t know how else to put it.

  7. los angela

    There is something very suspect about Bernie and his behavior towards his daughter.

    1. Truth

      I came here to see if anyone felt the same. Their relationship came across as so cringe. It was as if he was just some old dude trying to woo a younger woman. And she acted like he was an actual sugar daddy, not her father. I have never been so creeped out by an episode.

  8. Elizabeth

    I wonder what happened during those two weeks she went missing with those 10 guys in high school. You don’t just go to a party and then go missing for a week? And the sister to just pull up next to her and ask her where she’s been? Idk, it felt like so blown over. I would’ve dragged her into my vehicle if she was my sister haha. So strange. And then to start hearing voices after that, and just got so much worse, really makes you wonder what happened