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Season 23, Episode 6

Age: 27
Location:  Las Vegas
Addiction: Heroin

Official Synopsis: Elliot overcame a traumatic childhood and moved to Las Vegas to pursue his dream of becoming a chef on the Vegas Strip, but the rampant drug culture in restaurant kitchens along with the sudden death of his brother sent Elliot reeling, and now he’s homeless and addicted to heroin.

What’s Memorable:  This was a sweet episode and Elliot was easy to root for but his mother sure was difficult to listen to, always having to have the last word and everything always having to be about her.  She reminded me so much of Susan’s mom Dawn from last season.  Also I would like to know why in the world would the city of Las Vegas install sharp metal cactuses in their medians and then not remove them after they were responsible for the death of at least one person? Baffling.

Interventionist: Ken

Date Aired: November 22, 2021

All comments.

  1. Dizzy

    And where did this long lost Vegas episode come from anyway? Why did it not air with last season as it clearly should have?  Does this mean the California fentanyl part of the current season is over? Are the Canada episodes arriving soon?

    1. April S.

      The only correlation between the California fentanyl episodes and Elliot’s episode is that they mentioned he was born in Bakersfield, CA and that he OD’d on a batch of heroin laced with fentanyl. Other than that, I was confused too! Also, it’s been awhile since an episode has made me cry. My husband is a biker and when I heard about how Elliot’s brother died it broke my heart. And that Mother of his…sheesh. I wanted to slap the s*** out of her.

    2. Mr B

      Dizzy — IKR?! When I saw the Vegas introduction fire up, I was wondering what was going on…

      I haven’t enjoyed the California fentanyl theme. Episodes are fine, but it’s been kind of a weak theme. OTOH, I’m always ready for more Canada episodes — Andrew Galloway is the best!

    3. Big Al

      Looks like the Canadian episodes arrived this week.

  2. Dahlia

    What the hell with the metal cactuses. Thats just some evil stuff keeping those up.

    1. Dahlia

      Also wow was Mom frustrating to watch. Too bad she didnt ultimately get the help she needed.

  3. Abigail

    Tonia should never have been in the pre-intervention for her son, Elliot. If she has those mental illnesses without being treated, then what’s the point of getting Elliot the sufficient support not excluding his father and siblings.

  4. Martin

    Was glad to see him disc golfing at the end of the show. I’m a disc golfer. It’s a great sport for staying in shape, meeting new people, and it helps you clear your mind, for a while, so you’re not just stewing on all of your problems all day. If he really gets into it, it will give him something positive to look forward to doing. Hope he sticks with it, and hope he’s still doing well now.

  5. Matthew

    Man, I love Ken. This is no slight to the other interventionists, but I don’t think anyone else would have stood a chance with this case. Because of all of the traumatic family history and the decades of resentment and hurt caused by Tonia’s mental illness (and severe, highly defended lack insight about it), the whole thing really hinged on her. Ken’s ability to tell her some very difficult truths while also managing to gain her trust — at least enough to participate in some way, long enough not to blow the whole thing up — required the kind of careful, nonjudgmental, gentle touch that puts him in a different league of clinical skills, IMO. It was like a master class of wise, compassionate human engagement, and it’s the only reason Elliot had a fighting chance.

    1. Michelle

      Matthew, how you described Ken and his approach was worded perfectly and I could not agree with you more. You could see how frustrating this woman must have been and the level of restraint and professionalism Ken showed was admirable. I don’t know that I could have kept my mouth shut but Ken was able to focus on the larger picture at hand which was always Elliot. I am so impressed with the interventionists that A&E uses. I feel like I learn communication skills from them every time I watch. I truly hope Elliot’s mother reconsiders and if she doesn’t, I hope each of her kids seeks some type of therapy to help them cope and thrive.

  6. Morgan B.

    The mom seemed so abusive!! Gaslighting Elaina, arguing with the rest of her children and Ken, taking everything her they had to say about her as a personal attack, not accepting the reality of her mental health and blaming it all on depression, etc. On the positive side though, I’m sooo glad Elliott stayed sober!!! He looked way better in the update and I hope he maintains his sobriety

  7. Jenny

    Jeez. This episode was so emotional for me. What a sweet and loving family, other than the mom. It’s so clear how they all love Elliot and Bryce and each other. Elliot is a seriously beautiful, kind soul.

    I have a good feeling he’ll do well. Not at all surprised about his mother.

    1. Morgan B.

      exactly my thoughts

  8. Gigi

    The visual of these babies walking along the Interstate in the desert heat really breaks my heart. The children have turned out to be amazingly loving and supportive in spite of everything they have had to overcome. I’m so proud of Elliot

    1. Stefan

      Agreed. They really reminded me of Robert and his siblings.