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Season 23, Episode 7

Ryan
Age: 26
Location:  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Addiction: Fentanyl

Official Synopsis: Ryan severely injured his ankle at 16 and was prescribed opioids. When his prescription was cut off, Ryan turned to street drugs for his fix. Now 26, he is addicted to fentanyl.

What’s Memorable:  TBD

Interventionist: Maureen

Date Aired: November 29, 2021 (Originally aired as Intervention Canada Season 5 Episode 2 in April 2019)

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  1. Mr B

    I was only joking last week when I wondered if the next episode in the California Fentanyl series would be from Canada…

    Ryan’s mom frustrated me so much. Not sure I’ve seen a worse enabler. I mean, how much money did she give Ryan just during the filming of this show? And she does this just to get him out of her hair?! His dad was no better… A weak presence, and ineffective at connecting with him in any way. yeah, shoot some nerf things at him, that went real well.

    I don’t think Ryanhas a bad family, they love him… But they sure as heck don’t know how to help him. And Bianca… She needs every bit as much help, too, so sad.

    And I’m sorry, but Maureen has a terrible record on the show for success. And then he bails on rehab and comes back home to the same situation. So sad. I hope they can all get help and break the cycle.

    I liked cousin Erin though, she was really sweet. 🥰

    1. A

      The nerf gun scene was incredibly weird and uncomfortable to watch.

      1. Stefan

        OMG I cracked up at that out of sheer unease.

  2. apricotsummer

    Weird season- back in Canada again, eh?I don’t dig the inconsistency with the seasons- especially if there’s a theme. Otherwise don’t package and present it as such. Early seasons didn’t commit to particular locations or focus on a type of addiction. As a Californian, I have been looking forward to this season’s Fentanyl exposé here; have noticed how my city is pretty devastated by it.
    Maureen is my least favorite interventionist. She seems kind of clueless, lacking understanding/ empathy for the addict. Why pair someone who has zero experience as an addict with someone with the worst kind of addiction? I can picture her as an assistant to an interventionist (who has personal knowledge and understanding of the addict psyche), providing help with family support, especially for the parents (that is something she understands and is in her wheelhouse).
    I was surprised and sad that Maureen didn’t get some sort of help for Ryan’s enabling family (they needed it!) The update didn’t come as a surprise. No bottom lines held, apparently no one learned or changed anything. Can’t believe after all that Ryan’s back with his parents. What are the odds they’re back in their dysfunctional roles and toxic relationships? To think they may be again enabling and funding his addiction is frustrating, sad and so disappointing.

    1. Sudie

      What is Maureen’s success rate, anyway? She does seem out of it. I think she’s a nice person who cares and could be helpful to families but the addicts themselves don’t seem to take her seriously or something. I just don’t get it. There seem to be others (like Andrew Galloway and others) that do seem to make more of an impact. Am I being too hard on her? I wish I knew.

  3. A.

    Oh boy, this episode made me so frustrated! I had a very hard time sympathising with anyone. I think that if they would stick to their bottom lines, Ryan would go back to rehab because it seemed like that homelessness was something he was afraid of and he eventually said yes.
    But now he is going to bully everyone for money and use in the house until he dies and then everyone will just probably say “well, we did everything”. It makes me angry.
    Maureen was not the right fit for him. She is way too mellow and sweet for a hardcore fentanyl addict like Ryan. I think they should have chosen Andrew.

    1. Mr B

      I have a man crush on Andrew. He’s just great, and I wish he could help everyone, every time.

      1. Stefan

        Him and Jesse are my dream team!!!

      2. Natalie S.

        Jesse Hanson is the most strikingly handsome man I’ve ever seen in my entire life. His personality only adds to that.

  4. Kat

    I don’t know if it’s because fentanyl just turns its users into zombies, but Ryan was probably the least sympathetic and likable addict I’ve seen in a long, long time. His “whatever” response to everything at the Intervention really showed how petulant he is & I was unsurprised he couldn’t cut it in rehab.

    1. Alex

      Agreed. Him getting on the phone was so disrespectful. I thought Andrew would’ve been a better choice as an interventionist. Guess he can’t do them all.

      1. Mr B

        IKR? The way he was just waiting for him mom to put up $500 (or whatever) for the ball of fentanyl — which he used right away — was just a disaster. Him wanting it, and then him getting it.

      2. Nora

        Ryan’s cousin was mid-sentence reading her letter when Maureen got Ryan to put down the phone, then immediately moved onto the next family member. She’s such a useless wet sock of an interventionist, and this was one huge wet fart of an Intervention. I hope next week’s is better.

    2. Nicky

      I so agree with you. I usually feel empathetic towards anyone struggling with addiction, but Ryan was just so incredibly unlikeable. To be fair though, so were both of his parents so perhaps it’s not surprising.

  5. NT

    This was such a frustrating episode. Just exasperated all the way around. This season has so far been pretty consistent in showcasing addicts who have dealt with pretty serious adversity/trauma and the people in their lives trying their best to save them but this episode…everyone seemed so ambivalent. The parents just seemed resigned to burying their kid and the dynamic between the parent and kid was wild–dear god, what was happening with the nerf gun?! I was shocked that they weren’t given any kind of treatment, given how sick they both are and how little they understand the disease of addiction. I was also surprised that they didn’t offer treatment to his “girlfriend” too. As far as Ryan himself, I’ll always be rooting for addicts to get sober but he was hard to sympathize with. If he ever makes it to sobriety, he’ll have to do a lot of growing up to do.

    1. Natty

      So agree with you about his parents! I’ve watched just about every episode of Intervention & can’t recall any parent being so accepting of their addict child’s death while they were still alive. Also, I believe treatment was offered to Bianca & she declined. Such a sad & frustrating episode.

    2. Mr B

      Re: Nerf… Watching this was so indicative of how the parents interact with their son. Just a total disaster, and FFS, that’s not how you get someone to wake up to the destruction of fentanyl.

      Also, how about that BBQ scene? Painful AF. Again, I think cousin Erin was the shining star in this family. She was so sweet. I hope she is okay. 🥰

      1. Stefan

        She was the only one who had any awareness at all regarding the situation.

  6. Dahlia

    I think I join virtually everyone in saying that this episode was so frustrating and awful to watch. The father shooting him with a nerf gun while he was high was honestly so disturbing to me. This is also my first Maureen episode and wow is she bad at this. It really does go to show that you truly need to have been an addict in order to understand addiction at all. So clueless and no self-awareness at all. Reminds me of every bad high school counselor.

    1. Stefan

      That’s a great analogy about Maureen, and yes she usually is pretty insufferable.

    2. Maz

      I agree she is useless. You really need to have been an addict to understand. I cannot imagine her trying to intervene on more difficult cases at all. She gives zero support to the family, I cringe watching it.

  7. Mr B

    One more from me, then I’m done… I’ve watched every episode of this show over so many years… This was one of the worst. God, please help this family!!!

  8. April S.

    As soon as I saw Maureen was the interventionist (if you can call her that), I literally said out loud “Oh, no…this kid doesn’t stand a chance at help.” And I was right.

  9. Gigi

    This was by far the most ineffective intervention I have seen to date. I heard a lot of catch phrases but there were NO breakthroughs whatsoever. The enabling of the parents was not addressed in any meaningful way and the fact that it didn’t stick comes as no surprise

  10. Janel

    The parents were so odd, in so many different ways.

    1. Gigi

      Yes…there were some long established patterns of avoidance. It sounded like Ryan was exhibiting some signs of ADHD in school and they were having a hard time managing him and moms solution was to “home school” him rather than address any underlying issues

  11. Ann

    It was pretty clear that he stood almost no chance of recovery given how comfortable his mom made him at home. I also found the Nerf scene disturbing, as well as his dad saying “If Ryan doesn’t get help, he will be dead. And I’m okay with that.” Huh? You’re okay with your son dying from an addiction? Then why do an intervention? What a weird and inappropriate thing to say.

    1. Maz

      Useless parents. If I was the interventionist I’d have rang the police on them. They might as well put a gun to his head. Maureen is neither use nor ornament tbh……

  12. Wendi

    He has his mom transferring money to his account for the Fentanyl then has his dad bring him to go and pick it up. I was like wow! Just to get him out of their hair, however I am sure there is a lot that the cameras did not show us as to how big of a fit he threw until he got his way. But then the comments made by mom and dad “he is going to overdose and die but at least it will be over” “he is going to die and I am okay with that” what parent much less both parents say that about their child (addict or not)

  13. Wendi

    I just pray that Ryan and his girlfriend will decide on their own to be done with that lifestyle and own their own decide to get help and go to a detox clinic followed by a long term inpatient rehab get clean and stay clean. With the help of out patient treatment once inpatient treatment has been completed successfully.

  14. Todd

    I have a new sympathy for this guy after watching the HULU miniseries “Dopesick”. Prescribed opioids for pain, he got hooked. Then he has a Mother who, I don’t know what she is doing. Other than the obvious, enabling Ryan to kill himself. The Father, to me, was a bum. He came back to live there probably because he had nowhere else to go. I don’t think he really cared about his son. Strange parents indeed. Strange episode – other than the final results, I did not expect him to stay clean and he didn’t. Just hope he doesn’t kill himself.

  15. Scott Lacroix

    What pissed me off more than anything is the dad. First of all this guy had no clue even how long Ryan was using. Show how much interest he had in his son… Two the gun thing ya that pissed me off but, what makes me mad more than anything and I’m sorry to say this but the way these parents are you can count that kid good as dead because my number three and this is quote what the dad saids ” if Ryan don’t stop he is gonna DIE and, I’m good with that!” Like WTF someone need to slap that guy really I used herion for 10 year and if I can get clean anyone can my parents were total opposite Ryan ima say this now get help fast buddy I’m pray for you my friend

    1. J

      i got a vibe of resentment from his father. i feel like the mom enabled Ryan even when he was young – yoinking him out of school when he was having issues instead of trying to deal with the root – and the dad became resigned and embittered. he just goes along with it and probably views his son as a lost cause. it’s very sad.