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Oregon Fires

Hi all, just wanted to let you know that I have limited access right now. My town in Southern Oregon was one of the small towns that was devastated by the fires (Almeda Fire) last week. I was very fortunate- my pets and I were evacuated just in time and the fire missed my house by a few blocks – but it destroyed thousands of homes and businesses around me and has left my town in ruins. I am heartbroken. The devastation to my community is almost too much to bear, but I have also seen my friends and neighbors come together like never before to help one another, and that gives me hope that we will rebuild and survive.

Anyway, I won’t be able to return home until electricity, water, and internet services are back up and I’m not sure when that will be. So please cut me some slack if it takes a while for your comment to get posted or for tonight’s Season Finale episode to go up. Thanks for understanding.

If you are in the position to help and would like to do so, please consider donating the the Rogue Valley Fire Relief fund, which goes to support the most vulnerable families immediately and over the difficult coming months.


Very sad to announce that Courtney Ball passed away on May 12, 2020. Here is a notice of her memorial.

Courtney’s 2012 Intervention episode was one of the most memorable and controversial episodes of the show. According to her sister Kim, who commented here in February, Courtney had been struggling with her addiction and drug-induced psychosis and was really not well, but her family had not given up on her and still had hope she would make it out the other side. She was obviously adored by her loved ones and will be dearly missed. Rest in peace sweet girl.


POLL: What Did You Think of The Heroin Hub?

When I ran a poll about Season 18, The Heroin Triangle, almost half of you said you liked it ok but you wouldn’t want another season right away. I was one of those people. Well, we got another one right away and I can’t say I’m upset about it. I have some ideas about why I personally liked this season more than the last community-centric season, but I thought I’d ask you all and see what you thought. Should be interesting to see what y’all think was different about this season.

Why do you think The Heroin Hub better than The Heroin Triangle?

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Also, what grade would you give The Heroin Hub?

What did you think of Season 20 The Heroin Hub?

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Well, who knows when the next season will be out, or even if there will be another season, but I can say that if they’re trying to bump up the ratings and they decide to keep going with this format and not go back to the regular style of episodes, I think I’d be ok with it, as long as they continue to be as powerful and educational as this season was.

In the meantime, if you all have any thoughts or suggestions on things I can do on this site during the hiatus, please let me know.  Discussion posts on certain topics related to the show or addiction? Polls? Stats? You can always send me a private email too, I’m at dizzy.buzzkill at gmail.com


Update June 20, 2019

A couple of commenters (thanks William and Flamingo!) have let me know that Intervention is returning in August with a new season. Yay!

Looks like they’re doing another ‘Heroin Triangle’ type thing, this time in Philadelphia.  I know a lot of people weren’t fond of that season, but there’s always the possibility that they improved on the format a bit and this time it’ll be better.  (FYI, here’s a poll that I took after that season was over)

And here’s a link with more info and a trailer.

See y’all in August!

Update May 7, 2019

Today’s the day! A new episode, but not a new season. It looks like there will be 3 new episodes to close out season 19 (the last episode in the season was almost a year ago) and apparently they’re on a theme – Addicted Moms, Young and Addicted, and Family of Addicts.

Tonight is Addicted Moms featuring Sandra and Mallory. I won’t be able to watch the episode until tomorrow but I’ve published the posts in case y’all wanna talk about them before I get to it.

It’s good to be back, even if it’s just for 3 weeks.

Update April 2019

Hey fans, looks like Intervention is coming back on April 30th! Yay! Here’s a link to the trailer. Looks like they’ll be regular ol US episodes given that the Interventionists that make an appearance in the trailer are Ken and Donna. One interesting thing – the description says “On April 30th at 8PM Intervention is back with new special episodes.” Not sure what to make of the ‘special episodes’ thing and that they’re not saying it’s a ‘New Season’ – so maybe there are just a few episodes and they’ll be a continuation of Season 19? No idea. A&E is still all over the place with this show, but hey that’s ok because we’re getting some new episodes finally!

In sad news, for those of you who haven’t heard, Corinne from Season 2 passed away on March 19th.  It seems based on her sister’s FB posts and a friend’s fundraising page that heroin was the cause of death, but I don’t have details on that. I don’t know about you all but Corinne’s episode always really stuck with me, her battle with her addiction was particularly memorable and painful to watch. Maybe it was how young and good-natured she was, how much she adored her grandma, how physically sick she was, and how much potential she had to have an amazing life.  From what I’ve read she did a lot in the last 14 years to help other addicts, so good for her for creating something good from her experience. It’s just so sad to me that her struggle with heroin ended the way it did. Rest in peace Corinne. Much love.

See y’all back around here in a few weeks.


RIP Rocky

A bit of sad news to share. Rocky Lockridge died today from complications suffered after a stroke.  He had been in hospice care in the days prior to his passing.

His son’s statement:

“It is with great pain but a whole heart that I tell you family and friends that my father Ricky Lockridge aka Rocky Lockridge has passed away. All he wanted was to be in the comfort of his home with friends/ family. God has called him to walk through the gates of heaven.”

Rest in Peace, Rocky. And condolences to his family, who we know loved him like crazy.

News articles:


Old Episodes on YouTube

Hey if you haven’t been paying attention to the comments here, a friend of Intervention has a YouTube channel with a TON of Intervention episodes, including several that aren’t available anywhere else.  Get on over there!  https://www.youtube.com/user/Ramoin/videos


Update September 11, 2018

I have no idea what’s going on with this season, I just wanted to update you on some sad Intervention news.

Vanessa from Season 1 was shot by police after aiming a BB gun at the officers during a routine welfare check.  The incident made national news, you can read more about it here.

Joe from Season 8 died after suffering from an infection that led to a convulsive episode in the hospital, which resulted in a brain injury that he succumbed to. It’s unclear how his addiction was related to his death, but his father’s very sad Facebook post suggests that his history with heroin and self-asphyxiation had taken its toll on his health.

Betsy from Season 2 apparently passed away in early August.  I do not know details about the cause of death, but with help from Stefan we have pieced together bits of information that appear to confirm that she died. If anyone out there has more information and can more definitively verify, I would appreciate any information. Here is her obituary.  It’s been confirmed that she died of breast cancer. Here is a different obit with more information.

The absolute worst part of doing this website is finding out that the people that I related to, cried with, and rooted for have lost their lives. I know that the fans of the show who read this site feel  these deaths the same way. Intervention asks us to emotionally invest in their lives, to care about them and hope and pray that they thrive in sobriety. And we do, sometimes passionately. When we find out that sobriety didn’t take or that their health was so compromised by the addiction or mental illness that they didn’t survive, it’s hard to take. I never want to add another person to this horrible and tragic list. It’s too long as it is. Way, way too long. Take care of yourselves my friends, I will do the same.

Update April 27, 2018

Hello Interventionites! Interventionarians?

Apparently Intervention will be returning on June 5th with a new regular-format season. I haven’t been able to track down the promo or any official info from A&E online but it’s been reported that ads were run on the channel. Those ads are notoriously unreliable, A&E changes its mind a lot when it comes to scheduling, but at least we know that new episodes have definitely been produced and will be aired at some point. Which is fantastic news! We get to delay the heartbreak a while longer. (I’m seriously dreading having to go through the emotional toll of Intervention’s 2nd cancellation).

I’ve been trying to put together stats about the show and I’m stoked to almost be done with data entry.  However, I’m missing a few important pieces of information and I need your help. As you probably know, not all of the episodes are still available to view online. Sometimes because the addict has since passed away, sometimes for other mysterious reasons.  I recently went back and added the Interventionist to every episodes’ page (that wasn’t something I was originally recording when I started the site), but I wasn’t able to get that info on all of them because the episode is now inaccessible for whatever reason. So here is the list of interventions where I don’t know who the interventionist was. Do you know?

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

In other news, I started a Patreon in case anyone is interested in helping me cover my new higher-security hosting costs AND I’ve now been sober for 5 months. Feels like a dang miracle. Thanks for all your support everyone.

Happy Spring!

Who didn’t go to treatment?

I’m finishing up on entering all the data I need in order to start crunching numbers and finding statistics and patterns, which I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I want to verify who ended up not going to treatment at all and I thought you might be able to help, instead of me having to go back and re-watch episodes.

Here are all the addicts I know of who did NOT attend treatment. If they didn’t attend treatment right after the intervention but the followup said they eventually went, they shouldn’t be on this list. These are only the folks who, at the end of the episode, still had not agreed to treatment and never went as far as we know.







Am I missing anyone?



Update January 19, 2018

Happy 2018! Just a couple of quick things…

  1. You may have noticed that there’s a delay in your browser when you try to access this site. Sorry about that. It’s because I’m under DDOS attack for some reason and so I have to route traffic through a service called Cloudflare in order to filter out the attack bots. I once tried to lower the filter a little bit to see if the attack was still happening, and it was. My hosting company immediately told me that if that level of traffic happens again they will kick me off of the server.  So I’m kind of a pickle.  I can’t take the filter down because I’ll get in trouble which means I can’t find out if the attack is still happening or not or figure out what to do about it. I don’t even know if the bots are coming for the actual domain name or the DNS, so I don’t know whether moving to another hosting company will work or not. Do any of you know enough about this stuff to give me some advice or help me work through it? Any suggestions welcome. My email is dizzy.buzzkill at gmail
  2. Today I am 49 days sober. 1 month 2 weeks 5 days without drinking. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to do this again, but here I am and I feel good. Thought you’d want to know. 🙂



New Season of Intervention January 2nd

Good news! Intervention comes back on January 2nd, as per this FB post.  I know there was a lot of talk about the previous season possibly being its last, but it’ll be around for at least another 8 episodes. It looks like this season will be a departure from the show’s basic formula, instead exploring the effects of the current opioid epidemic specifically. Not sure if that means there won’t be the standard end-of-episode interventions or what, and I’m curious about how the “interconnected stories of addicts” will play out. Maybe the whole season takes place in 1 location and the addicts are all part of the same community? That could be really interesting.

We were just talking about how Intervention needed to shake things up a little bit because the formula was getting tired, and a few commenters even mentioned the opioid crisis as a reason to keep the show going. Are the producers are reading Intervention Directory or what?



Update September 20th 2017

Hello Intervention Fans! It looks like this season has come to a close, or it will after next week or maybe the week after that, no one is quite sure. Not even the people at A&E! (See previous update and comments). I wonder if the network actually knows exactly what’s going on but the folks running the website and social media are out of the loop? Or understaffed by interns? No idea but yeah, what’s happening with Intervention right now and in the future is a real mystery.

During the upcoming off-season I’d love to do some improvements and random cool stuff on this site. I’m developing a FAQ page about the show and the site, questions that come up a lot in the comments. I’m working on getting better info on older episodes that I posted sort of haphazardly back in the day when I was just starting. I want to flesh out the Interventionist category so that all episodes can be indexed by the Interventionist (currently only about 60% of posts have the Interventionist listed). And I’m cross referencing older episodes with the A&E site to make sure the episode number and season is consistent with what A&E has. I need to finish up watching older Intervention Canada episodes.

I also wanna do some new polls, and here’s where you my beloved readers come in. Any polls you would like to see? Commenter Galusha had a good idea for Best Episode by Interventionist (i.e. Candy’s Best Intervention). I like that. Any other ideas?

And if you have suggestions about any other features I could incorporate, please let me know.  I am not willing to add a new category and then go back and watch 227+ episodes to see if they fit in that category, so maybe don’t suggest that. I mean there are some categories I wish that I had added at the beginning, but at this point it’s too hard to go back. But I could add some more “Mosts” maybe?

Anyway if you’ve ever had a burning desire to tell me something you wish Intervention Directory had, now is the time to do it.  WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Also you’ll notice I put a ‘Donate’ button over there on the right.  I considered allowing limited ads in order to cover the costs of hosting/domain registration, and to see if I might be able to get some revenue going since the traffic is pretty high, but I decided you guys would probably hate seeing random ads on here (and so would I) and it wasn’t worth pissing y’all off.  So instead I will just hope that the nice folks who come here will have the willingness and resources to help me out with this thing a little bit. No pressure though, no guilt tripping. Even if donations don’t even cover hosting I still plan on making improvements and keeping this site up as long as the internet exists. Donations would just make that easier on my wallet and give me some extra motivation to hunker down and get shit done here.

Big shout out to Richard who saw the button and donated before I even published this post today. You are most kind sir, thank you.

And thanks to everyone else who comes here regularly.  You give me life.  🙂



Weirdest Season EVER

Well THAT was odd. Intervention’s Facebook page announced that last night’s episodes were the season finale.


The ‘all new season’ started on July 31st.  That’s 6 weeks.


What’s especially crazy is that there were only 3 U.S. episodes in Season 17.  Katherine, Tanisha, and Joshua.  All other episodes were Intervention Canada Season 3, which airs on the CBC Documentary Channel. The 6 episodes we saw either already aired on CBC or are scheduled to air in the near future. This is a partial listing of Intervention Canada Season 3 episodes:


I’m grateful to be getting episodes and all, but come on, this is nuts. Pull it together A&E!

I’ll be posting on the 2 Canada eps from last night later today I hope, and then I guess that’s it for this season.  Although you never know, they could come back in a month with ALL NEW EPISODES.

See ya!

Update August 29th 2017

Ok ok I give up you guys. I’m gonna start covering Intervention Canada episodes.

A very kind and helpful reader has made it possible for me to watch episodes available on the Intervention site. I’m stoked. What this means is that I can watch old episodes that I never posted about for whatever reason (Olivia, Phillip) and I can watch the current episodes the day after they air. Yay! Thank you, you know who you are, you gave me a wonderful gift and I am forever grateful.

Because the current episodes are incorporating Intervention Canada episodes into the season lineup, as has been happening for a few seasons now, I’m just gonna cover them. Now that I have access, what the hell, might as well.  I may have issues with the way A&E is pretending they have full new seasons when in fact they’re supplementing with episodes from another country’s version of the show, but the fact is that Intervention Canada episodes aren’t substantially different enough from the US show for me to justify refusing to cover them.  The interventionists may be different and it may “feel” different for a few reasons, but it’s still the exact same format and it’s still a powerful portrait of addiction and how an addict’s loved ones deal with it. So I’ll definitely post on whatever episodes air during the current season and as time allows, I’ll go back and watch older seasons.

I feel like in my last update I was a bit too negative toward the Intervention fans that comment here. I stand by everything I said, but I want you to know that I appreciate you all immensely. When this site was taken down by my hosting company, you all brought it back to life. YOU did that. It wouldn’t exist right now if you hadn’t helped me.

Also, my posts have become just a minor element of this site. They’re basically just the beginning of a conversation. What matters here now is the comments. The fact that there are so many comments from fans is the reason why the people that were on the show find this site and update us. Traffic and comments are a huge part of how a site ranks in a Google search. Intervention Directory is on the first page, if not #1 result, for pretty much all searches related to Intervention episodes. Wikipedia uses this site as a primary source. When people from the show Google themselves, they find us. This isn’t just because I make the posts, it’s because of your pageviews, your comments, your conversations.

So thank you readers. Thank you for coming here and commenting, for telling your own stories, for saving my ass when I needed help, and for being the reason this site is the place where Intervention addicts and their loved ones come to update the world on how they’re doing. I never imagined this is what would happen when I started the site. I’m so happy and humbled that it’s become what it is. Thank you SO MUCH.

Ok, enough with the schmaltz and the verbose updates. Let’s get back to talking about the show. Onward!

Update August 23rd 2017

The most important and saddest updates first. Since March of 2017, three of the people profiled in Intervention have passed away.  Karissa was killed in a hit-and-run when she pulled over and got out of her car on a highway on Florida. She was sober at the time.  Joshua and Eric both died of heroin* overdoses.  All of these people were clearly very loved and supported by many people around them and died way, way too young.  My deepest condolences to the friends and families that we met on the show and to all of those we didn’t. A lot of us out here know what it feels like to lose someone to addiction and also what it’s like to lose someone that seemed to have their whole life ahead of them after finally getting clean. Please know that fans of Intervention are with you, thinking about you, hoping you come out on the other side of this tragedy. And that is the word for it, in all these cases. Tragic.

Feels weird to move on to site-specific stuff after that, but here I go.  You may have noticed that your recent comment was not published. There’s a reason for it. It was likely a little bit too mean, too insulting, too confrontational. As you should know, I’m not big on this site being a place to hash out whether someone’s mom was a “selfish bitch” or if a girlfriend was too ugly. I hate that stuff. Addicts, friends and family members Google themselves and their loved ones and end up here. I have no interest in insulting and chastising people whose lives we only saw minutes of. Please read the comment policy.  If your only point in a comment is that someone sucks, stop writing. Seriously. Think of something more interesting to say.

Also I don’t really like it when you guys pick fights with each other and I’m starting to get more aggro about it. I’m not gonna let nasty comment fights happen just because you’re feeling anonymously combative on a Tuesday. This isn’t Reddit, it’s not IMDB, it’s a freaking Intervention fan site. Chill the fuck out. I mean yeah fine go ahead and argue about whether Donna is a good interventionist or whether Nichole’s mom was justified in taking her side over her sister’s, but please, don’t call anyone else names, don’t accuse them of not understanding addiction, don’t tell them they don’t understand something you have no idea if they understand or not. In other words, DON’T BE A DICK.  Consider that Rule #1 for commenting here.

Last thing. I don’t have cable so when A&E announces a new episode I have to wait 2 days to watch it. I know I know, not ideal. What I can’t tell from promos is whether or not the episode is Intervention Canada (i.e. Clint)  A&E likes to pretend they’re all new even when they’re not, but they don’t make Canada episodes available on streaming so I can’t watch them. So if you would kindly let me know as soon as you know whether it’s a Canada episode or not, I can stop refreshing my Google Play page to see if it’s available yet.  Thank you friends.

[email protected]


* (Heroin was their drug of choice and I know they both died of overdoses, but I have no way of confirming that heroin was the specific culprit)

New Season of Intervention

The new season starts on July 31st! 

Not sure what happened to the last season though, Season 16. There were only 6 episodes that weren’t Intervention Canada. I don’t know if A&E plans on continuing that trend with Season 17 or what, but it sure was annoying.  I don’t have cable so I bought the whole season before it started on Google Play and was given only 5 of the 6 new episodes and none of the Canadian ones.  Anyway, I don’t know if this new season is ACTUALLY a new season or a continuation of Season 16. Their season numbering is all out of whack.

Blah blah me whining about A&E again. Whatever, I’m excited it’s coming back.  Remember when it was ‘cancelled’ and there was that whole final episode with sober addicts talking about how it changed their lives? That made me cry like a baby and I was so damn sad the show was gone forever.  So really I can’t complain.

See you on the 31st!

Intervention is Back!

Tonight’s the first episode of the new season! Unfortunately for me I moved across the country and don’t have cable so I’m not going to be able to watch until the next day. I think iTunes lets you buy each episode the day after, is that right?  Anyway I’ll try to have the episode post up with at least some info about it before it airs so that y’all can comment if you want.

In sad news, since the show last aired two of the people from Intervention have passed away. Brittany died of an overdose shortly after returning from treatment and Jeff passed away after struggling with kidney failure. Our condolences to the family of friends of these two kind-hearted, deeply loved people. Thank you for sharing their stories with us.


What’s up with this season?

So here’s the deal on Season 15 so far:

New Intervention episodes return June 19th. Yay!  There hasn’t been a new episode since Daniel/Robert on April 17th.

4 of the episodes that have played this season are NOT new episodes, they’re Intervention Canada episodes from a few years ago (Loren Ep6 ,  Kent Ep10, Conrad Ep8, Barry Ep5)

A&E is weird like that. They like to sneak in these old Canada episodes and sorta pretend like they’re new without actually saying they’re new nor not new, and then wait forever to tell us when actually new episodes are starting.  To make it even more confusing this time they’re putting them in the Season lineup numbering as if they’re new, which just screws everything up for me. Boo. I really wish A&E would hire me to sort this shit out for them.

I don’t cover Canada episodes but there’s a open thread here if you want to read comments & updates.

See ya on the 19th!




Donations, New Season Coming Soon

gofundmeHey everyone, sorry the site was down for a little bit.  Totally my fault for not paying the hosting fees on time, but if you’re inclined to help me out by donating to this fund to keep Intervention Directory alive for another year, I’d be very very grateful.    https://www.gofundme.com/tceewg

So Ken Seeley says that the new season starts next month. Woot!

Update: Intervention on A&E Site says new episodes March 6th.

New Episodes!

So new episodes start up again on July 26th on A&E. I can’t tell if they’re considering this a new season (15) or just a continuation of 14.

Also, the A&E site right now has almost all of the episodes available to stream without a cable subscription. There are even ones on there that have been hard to find. (And there are a few that are mysteriously missing). If you haven’t seen them all and are looking for some to watch before the new season starts, here are a few of the episodes that have stuck with me the most over the years.

Laurie and Jessie – Pill addicted mom and severely bulimic college student.
Sonia and Julia – Anorexics twins
Dana – Mother who becomes addicted to pills after tragic loss
Amber – Alcoholic, bulimic mom
Sebastian and Marcel – Young heroin-addicted brothers.
Ed and Bettina – Alcoholic married couple
Kristen – Young heroin addict in Baltimore
Gabe – Heroin addict from India who was adopted into Christian family.
Nicole – Young mom with disturbing eating disorder



Open Thread on Addiction & Recovery

I know that sometimes just having someone tell you that they understand what you’re going through is a huge comfort, and being able to provide support to people suffering from addiction helps keep sober people sober. This page is for us to talk about our experiences with addiction and/or recovery and to offer support to those who are struggling.

Please know that this page, and this whole site, is not staffed by addiction specialists and is not affiliated with Intervention in any way. It’s just a place to talk.  I will do my best to make sure this thread is a safe space by moderating the comments closely. I won’t publish comments from people trolling or being turds.


About Dizzy

I’m writing this because it occurred to me that you might like to who I am and why I’m so into this Intervention show that I made a friggin website about it. Here’s my story.

My mother was a heroin addict until she was 8 months pregnant with me. I was born a baby addicted to heroin. I’ve been told that if I ever do the drug I will be immediately addicted. This has adequately scared me away from ever doing heroin and I consider myself lucky.

After I was born my mom switched to alcohol and cocaine until she found meth in the late 80’s, which she continues to use today at age 68.

A few years ago I watched my father die of liver cancer from alcoholism.  I moved to his town to take care of him for 6 of the last months of his life. I watched him continue to drink about a case of beer everyday, even when he was yellow with jaundice and acted more like someone with advanced dementia than cancer, and I watched him snort line after line of morphine to deal with the pain. I was with him when he died.

Mother, father, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. Addiction is literally in my blood. I was raised deep in it, I understand it more than I understand most things, and I experience it myself every day.  There is nothing that has affected my relationships and the choices I make more than addiction has.

I come from a small town in Washington State that has experienced a sad and dramatic de-population due to meth.  I could call my hometown dead, and a quick drive through downtown would make that point, but it’s not really. It may be populated seemingly exclusively by meth (and now heroin) addicts, but those people are alive and they’re my people. They’re addicts who need help. They are my family and old friends and the family and friends of all the people I know there.

I left there more than 20 years ago, when the meth epidemic was just starting to take hold. Since then, I’ve faced my own addiction battles. In my mid-20’s I developed a solid case of functional alcoholism. I drank more than any person should ever drink while still making it to work most days  I thought that drunk me was the real me, that my identity was contingent upon being drunk. One especially hungover Saturday morning I had the epiphany that all the pain I was experiencing was simply the cost of drinking. I deserved it. This was the price I had to pay for drinking the way I did. And I wondered if what I got from drinking was worth the cost.

I voluntarily went into treatment on Christmas Eve in 2000 because my plan was to drink into complete oblivion for my Christmas vacation.  I decided that rehab would be a better idea than drinking myself to death. It was a good decision.

I was sober for almost 7 years. I was fully in the program, had a sponsor, started meetings for women new to recovery, followed the steps to a tee.  I went back to school and got my degree, with honors. I wrote essays that won awards. I started making art that I enjoyed making and people enjoyed seeing. I knew that I didn’t need alcohol to be the best me.  I became that productive, smart, creative me that I always wanted to be. I was so far removed from who I thought I was when I was drinking and my identity was no longer contingent on being a drinker.  I had found a way, I was happy.

My mother told me she wanted to kick meth. I went up there to help her through withdrawals. We got through them, she started using again a few weeks later. As soon I got home from that trip I started thinking that drinking a cider would be no big deal, I could probably drink like a regular person now right?  I mean I hadn’t drank in almost 7 years, of course I could have a cider and it wouldn’t change anything. I would still be in recovery, it would just be a relapse. I would stop after that one cider. And if not, I wouldn’t drink the next day or anything. And if I did, I would never ever drink like I did before. I’d never be that person again. I had conquered alcoholism! This would not affect me. I get to be a regular person now. I’m not an alcoholic anymore, right?

So I walked into the grocery store and bought a 6-pack of cider, took it home and drank it alone. That was 10 years ago. I haven’t stopped drinking since. I’m much better at being an alcoholic now than I was before, most of time, but I certainly can’t deny the grip alcohol has on me.

I’ve been on most sides of addiction.  There’s a reason why I watch this show, there’s a reason why I feel the need to document it.  It’s not because I want to see people at their worst, exploited, semi-consciously performing for the reality cameras.  It’s because the addicts and the families on Intervention are people I strongly relate to in ways that I can’t even explain. It’s because Intervention is a show that actually saves those peoples’ lives.

I know that I’m not the only one with a complicated relationship to addiction that obsessively watches Intervention. That’s why this site exists.


New Season Open Thread

What did you think of the “I Was There” special?

How do you feel about the production changes on the new season? The Skype element?

Talk about it all here.

(Note: I moved some comments on this topic that were posted on other pages to here)

Update March 2015

Since the last update it’s been confirmed that Ryan Bond, the chef from Season 8, died in December 2014 of cirrhosis.  According to his girlfriend, he was sober for 2 years before relapsing.  My condolences to Melanie and the many people who loved him.

I just found this Reddit AMA with one of the Intervention camera operators.  Interesting stuff.

So yeah, the new season starts on Sunday the 22nd March. Yes, yes it does. And there’s a 10th Anniversary Special that will air right before the premiere that features the interventionists and crew members from the first 10 years. They’re calling it “I Was There.” I’m obviously gonna be there.


I’m still missing some photos

So I’ve done a decent job of replacing the broken photo links with actual photos that won’t disappear again, with much help from fellow uber-fan Gregory. But there are a few more photos I can’t replace because these episodes are not available (not for free at least) on any of the streaming sites. If you have access to any of these episodes and can take a screenshot for me, that’d be real cool. Send to [email protected]

Note: This does not include Gabe, the narcissist gambler from Season 1. Please, don’t send me pictures of Gabe. You may have noticed that his episode is not on this site. This is intentional. I refuse to give that horrible little man any more attention than he’s already gotten.


Alissa, Episode 4 (Gambling)

Peter, Ep 7 (Video games)

Renee, Ep 7 (Bulimia)

Kelly P, Ep 9 (Anorexia)

Rachel, Ep 11 (Heroin)

Michael M, Ep 12 (Rage)

Randi, Ep 12 (Bulimia, meth) *Randi commented a while ago to tell me that her episode is not available because she found out about the intervention during filming. Which is interesting, don’t you think?  I can think of 5 more people who found out about the intervention whose episodes are available. 


Howard, Ep 15 (Alcohol)

Adam, Ep 16 (Heroin)

Michelle, Ep 17 (Meth)

Update: SUCCESS!!! Thank you so much to readers who sent me the photos I was missing. Y’all are pretty cool. 

Intervention Update Jan 20th

Three things I learned today:

1. The A&E site has 102 full episodes available to watch right now. I don’t know how long this will last so get on over there and catch the ones you’ve missed.

2. Netflix is suddenly streaming a bunch of episodes from the first couple of seasons and calling it Intervention: Collection.  Their license to show Intervention was pulled a couple of years ago, this may mean that they will again get the rights.  Fingers crossed.

3.  A commenter pointed out the A&E will be airing the new season. LMN (A&E’s sister network) was supposed to start airing the new season, but A&E made the announcement that it would be airing it starting March 1st and this post confirmed the switch.  And Jeff, Candy, Ken and Donna will all be back! That’s awesome.

Intervention Update – January 2015

First of all, LMN is still airing Intervention Canada episodes and calling them “all new” and “back-to-back premiere” episodes.  Still no word on when the actual new season will begin.

The real reason for this update is to let you know that I’m moderating the comments a bit harder than I have in the past.  Here’s what happened:

When Brooke died just before Christmas, a lot of people felt the need to comment about how her family were horrible people who didn’t deserve any sympathy because of how they treated Brooke during the show. I let some of the milder comments through but kept quite a few back. Then Brooke’s twin sister Brittany commented, and what she said really stuck with me.

“…The show did not portray us in good light as I am well aware of how people felt about us. Yes, Brooke was in pain, she had been in and out of rehabs when we got to the point of the show. We were all at that tough love stage. We were all trying to force her to get help. Basically, a 45 min show cannot possibly tell the story of her abuse of drugs.”

She’s right.  Who are we to think we know more about their addictions and family dynamics & history than they do just because we watched a HIGHLY edited 45 minutes of video?  We get a glimpse into the lives that they actually live. We do not know more, we do not know better.

What if the person you were once closest to in the world was an addict on this show? How would you be portrayed in the editing in order to make a compelling story? What would people on the internet rush to say about you? And how would you feel reading it?

We can judge these people all we want, rant about how they should have done this instead of that and oh my God what a horrible mother, but who does any of that help exactly?  And does anyone actually want to read other peoples’ opinions or do we all just want to declare our own?

Needless to say, I thought long and hard about what kind of change needs to happen here. I thought about a “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all ” policy, but I can’t adhere to that myself. I pass lotsa critical judgment and offer my opinion in plenty of the posts here, and it’s certainly not all positive.  What I can do, though, is not publish comments that are mean just for the sake of being mean. This goes for comments that are supportive of the addict and hateful towards the family. I’ve said this several times and I’ll say it once more: These are not fictional characters, they’re real people struggling with some of the most intense and traumatic things that humans experience. Remember, as much as we might not like the family, they are willingly participating in a nationally televised intervention in order to save the person they love. Go easy, will ya? They’re doing something right.

So that’s what’s new. I will decide on a case by case basis if a negative comment is worthy of being published. If it’s just a nasty comment full of shit talk, I won’t publish it. Yes, I will be the judge. Hey, it’s my site! I do what I want!  If you have a problem with being “censored” by Dictator Dizzy, you should probably go post on one of the many other Intervention discussion forums. Also, I’m about to embark on the adventure of deleting old comments that this rule applies to. Sorry if you posted a nasty comment, it’s about to disappear.

Mean exists everywhere on the internet, I want this to be just one place where it doesn’t.


Intervention Update – December 2014

Well it’s almost 2015, which means a whole new season of Intervention over on the LMN channel. I haven’t read anything about an actual premiere date but it was reported that it would be in the first quarter of the year.  In the meantime, LMN has been airing older episodes that aren’t found anywhere else without paying.

But LMN has also been pulling some shady “ALL NEW EPISODE” stuff – you may have recently seen an episode that you haven’t seen before and thought it was new. Don’t be fooled! These are not new episodes. They’re from Intervention Canada and have been available to view on YouTube for quite a while. They’re really stretching the notion of ALL NEW by showing old episodes that weren’t ever aired in U.S.  It’s funny, they try to hide the fact that they’re Canadian episodes by never mentioning where the addict lives, I guess hoping we won’t notice the slightly odd accents. But whatever, the network is reviving Intervention and I’m grateful, so I’m gonna let this go. Can’t wait to see how the format and production changes when the new season starts up again. I’ve heard conflicting reports about which interventionists are returning – if anyone knows anything for sure please leave a comment below.

And now the sad news: Commenters have alerted us that two addicts from previous season have recently lost their lives. John Carstens, the young diabetic from season 5, died of a heart attack in September.  And Nik Buckmaster, the heroin addict also profiled in season 5, reportedly died from post-surgery complications in November.  From what I can tell, both John and Nik had a whole lot of people who loved them. My sincerest condolences to their friends and family. I know they will be missed.

Update Dec 22: Sadly, Brooke Boulter, the young pain med addict who struggled with intense chronic pain, died on December 21st. The cause has yet to be announced, but given that the obituary was published the day (in fact, only hours) after her death, I have to think that Brooke’s death was not sudden and the announcement had already been prepared.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family right now. (As much as I found their behavior during her addiction to be very insensitive, they realized during the intervention that her problem was the pain, not the pills, and that she needed their understanding more than anything.  I hope they were able to maintain that level of sympathy for her as she tried to manage her pain without overdoing it on the meds. I’m sure they are devastated with grief right now – please be respectful in your comments).

New comment policy: Out of respect for my readers, I will no longer publish comments asking about how an addict is doing if that question has been asked and/or answered already. This has become a bit of an issue – it sure clogs up threads and it’s really annoying to read “How is Kaila doing?” or “Whatever happened to Cristy?” 6 different times in one scroll. I expect everyone to read the comments and search around the site for information on someone before asking for an update.  If you post a comment and don’t see it approved, this is probably why.

Big shout to commenter Gregory for supplying me with a whole bunch of photos that I was missing. THANK YOU!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the readers of this site, most especially those who post updates and offer me information and photos, etc.  I always wanted this site to be collaborative and current, and so many of you really do contribute to what has become a devoted virtual community of Intervention addicts.  So big thanks to all of you for making this site become what I dreamed it could be when I started it.

Oh yeah, and Happy New Year my fellow fans! Here’s to a healthy and adventure-filled 2015.