List of Intervention Episodes - Season 8: 2009–2010

Season 8: 2009–2010

# # Subjects Addiction topics Original air date
109 1 "Linda" Fentanyl abuse November 23, 2009 (2009-11-23)

After graduating from college, Linda found success working as an extra in Hollywood, achieving the glamorous life she always wanted. But her dreams died when she allegedly developed Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by joint dislocations. Linda started taking Fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times stronger than morphine. As her painkiller use escalated, she claimed that different sources were causing her pain, including electricity, energy, colors, and even specific people. Despite Linda's wild claims, her mother clings to the belief that Linda's pain is real and she must do everything to help her, including depleting the family's savings and sending her son to be Linda's caretaker. Linda's entire family is now held hostage by her manipulative, narcissistic and addictive behaviour. During the intervention she claims one of her brothers causes her pain and makes him leave, but ultimately runs from the room and building screaming until her family corners her in the parking lot where she finally calms down. Linda doesn't take her father's letter cutting her off if she refuses help seriously as she knows her mother will still support her, claiming to have dislocated her hips and that if she goes into a facility all her "progress" will be undone. As her mother still supports her despite Linda's blatant lies (she freely walks around during the intervention and ran away) the mother is removed from the scene. Unable to manipulate her mother further, Linda finally agrees to treatment and her mother apologizes to her son for forcing him to deal with her like that for eight years.

Epilogue: Linda's mother completed two weeks of co-dependency treatment while the son who cared for Linda, Sam, moved back in with his parents in Connecticut. Two months into her treatment, Linda was diagnosed with a delusional disorder and moved into a residential care home. Linda hasn't used Fentanyl since the intervention.
110 2 "Greg" morphine December 7, 2009 (2009-12-07)

Greg once owned a thriving business and was a devoted husband and father. But after a back injury left him disabled, he lost his business, started gambling, and became dependent on pain medication. He also became obsessed with Internet sweepstakes, and other 419 scams. As a result of these cons, and his habitual sending of funds overseas, he has bankrupted his family in a relentless pursuit of big winnings. Having lost everything, Greg's family just want their proud father back. The family believes he may be bipolar too. During the intervention, Greg is shocked, but admits he has a problem and even supports his family in reading their letters. He immediately agrees and heads off to the recovery center. During the drive to the airport, Greg tells Jeff that he's looking forward to this chance to get his life back and had started to think he was better off in prison. At the rehab center, Greg is eager to start his treatment and the doctors believe that his pain was under-managed since his injury and if it had been better managed before, he wouldn't have had so much pain so part of their goals is to help him manage his pain better so its tolerable to him.

Epilogue: Three months after the intervention, Greg is doing noticeably better, playing basketball, moving around a lot better and saying he's no longer in so much pain. It was revealed that during his treatment Greg admitted to doing methamphetamine and cocaine and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Greg also had surgery to remove benign polyps from his throat. After his treatment was over, Greg returned home to his wife and has not used methamphetamine or cocaine since before his intervention and is managing his bipolar disorder. As of the June 22, 2010 re-airing, Greg has not abused pain medicine since July 25, 2009.
111 3 "Jennifer" alcohol December 14, 2009 (2009-12-14)
Once an effervescent, beautiful young woman, Jennifer was considered a genius by her teachers and was the pride and joy of her parents. But at age 17, Jennifer was involved in a car accident that caused a brain injury and kidney damage. Jennifer survived, but only three days after she left the hospital another family car accident ended in a fatality. Jennifer turned to drugs and alcohol to cope and now spends her days searching for parties or drinking companions. Her parents know that only an intervention can save her.
112 4 "Rob" alcohol, methamphetamine abuse December 21, 2009 (2009-12-21)
Once a gifted singer/songwriter, Rob was part of a successful band. He loved the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, but he began a long descent into addiction when he turned to drugs and alcohol to fuel his creativity. When his band fell apart—a casualty of his drug use—he was devastated. He lost his siblings' respect and custody of his daughter. Now he spends his days in a haze of meth smoke and alcohol in his filthy apartment. But his mother still sees him as her sweet little boy.
113 5 "Amy W." alcohol, anorexia, self-harm December 28, 2009 (2009-12-28)

Amy grew up feeling unloved and unable to meet her parents' high expectations. She was also molested by a neighbor when she was eight, but never told anyone in her family. She began to self-mutilate and restrict her diet, and by 17, she was diagnosed with anorexia and bipolar disorder. Now, Amy eats only 500 calories a day, drinks up to two bottles of vodka a night, and regularly self-harms by burning herself with cigarettes and cutting. She has become a victim of date rape, has stolen money from her parents, and has attempted suicide multiple times. She currently has a roommate who is also alcoholic, and the two feed into each other's addictions. Family members are worried about Amy's young daughter and are ready to give up on Amy, but they still don't know about her childhood sexual abuse. Only Amy's friend, Jessica, knows the truth.

At the intervention, before Amy arrives, Jessica informs Amy's family members about the molestation. They claim to have had no idea about it, and they decide that at this point, they will not mention it to Amy but will proceed with the intervention as planned. Although she resists the intervention at first, Amy ultimately agrees to go to treatment. As of this episode's airdate, she had completed two months of treatment, continued to attend twelve-step meetings and had been sober since July 14, 2009.
114 6 "Sarah" oxycodone January 4, 2010 (2010-01-04)

Raped when she was 14 and feeling abandoned by her family, Sarah turned to drugs, even becoming a stripper to support her drug habit. She's prohibited by the courts from seeing her three-year-old son, and now lives with a man who is more than twice her age and manages a massage parlor.

Epilogue: While in rehab, Sarah called off her engagement to the massage parlor owner she was living with, and as of early May 2010, she has been sober since September 9, 2009.
115 7 "Jackie" alcohol January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)
Once known as "the prettiest girl in town", Jackie had a promising career as a radiation therapist. She became a wealthy doctor's wife, a country club member, and a proud mother. But Jackie was haunted by childhood traumas. She was devastated when her father died when she was 13. And as an overweight adolescent, she was teased with the nickname "Fat Jack" and felt she was never as good as her pretty sister. After Jackie's second pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, she turned to alcohol. She's had three failed stints in rehab, an ugly divorce, and lost custody of her daughter to her sister. Today, Jackie drinks two bottles of wine a day and regularly suffers broken bones and bruises in her drunken state.
116 8 "Vinnie" crack cocaine January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18)

Vinnie, 28, a talented mechanic and once a promising BMX competitor, has been addicted to crack cocaine since the age of 19, smoking it up to 8 times a day. He suffered through childhood constantly seeking approval from his abusive father and never receiving it. At 14 his parents divorced and he was sent to live with his abusive father. By 19 he was a high-school dropout abusing alcohol and crack. Now at 28 Vinnie is living at his mother's house after a four-month stint of homelessness. He hasn't been able to hold down a job for more than 4 months and has turned to auto theft and borrowing money from his mother to finance his addiction. He's managed to alienate himself from his parents, brother, sister and 3 girlfriends, and now has only his dog for companionship.

Epilogue: Vinnie left after 29 days; his mom flew him home. His mother attended the Betty Ford Center for Families. Vinnie has relapsed several times, but claims to be sober since March 12, 2010.
117 9 "Robby" alcoholism January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25)

Robby, a 30 year-old music prodigy from New Jersey, was once a successful hip hop and R&B musician, who wrote, produced for and performed with such famous acts as Will Smith and Jay-Z. Robby was a member of the Grammy-nominated R & B group City High. Robby's success, however, allowed him to get caught up in the rock n' roll lifestyle and he began drinking heavily and using drugs to mask the pain of his parents' divorce and humiliation of his career downfall. Robby managed to drink his entire fortune away and is now living with his mother, virtually bankrupt, drinking up to a fifth of vodka and a case of malt liquor per day, and estranged from his girlfriend and their daughter, Lyric. Robby's loved ones hope an intervention can give them back the talented, loving Robby they used to know and get his career and his life back on track.

Epilogue: After completing three months of treatment, Robby moved into an apartment with his girlfriend and their daughter. Robby and his girlfriend married shortly after. Following a brief relapse, Robby has been sober since July 4, 2010.
118 Sp 10 "Intervention in Depth: Huffing" inhalant abuse February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)
The dangers of inhalant abuse, including computer dusters, solvents and gasoline, are exposed.
119 11 "Marquel" alcohol, compulsive exercising February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)

Marquel, a 30-year-old Cuban-American fitness instructor from Miami, suffers from alcoholism and compulsive exercising and is in complete denial of her addictions. She lost her mother to breast cancer at 15 and to mask the pain and grief, exercises over 7 hours a day and spends her nights drinking heavily and partying in South Beach clubs, often leaving her two small children home alone. She left her ex-husband and a stable domestic life for the thrills of exercise, drinking and clubbing. Marquel's family is exasperated by her self-indulgent and self-destructive behavior and hoped an intervention would convince her to commit to putting her children and family first and enter treatment. Marquel, however, steadfastly denied she has any problems and, after a heated confrontation with her father and sisters, to date has refused to seek help.

Note: Marquel continues to drink, party and exercise compulsively, her children live full time with her ex-husband and her father and sisters refuse to speak with her. A January 2012 re-airing revealed that she was arrested for DUI and spent two months in jail. She got clean in jail, and has been sober since May 17, 2010.
120 12 "Kristine" alcoholism February 15, 2010 (2010-02-15)

Although she has a blood clot in her brain that makes drinking dangerous, Kristine is an alcoholic. But she doesn't believe her condition is a reason to quit because she recently learned that she may have leukemia. Now she figures she may as well keep drinking because the leukemia might kill her anyway.

Epilogue: Kristine's leukemia-like symptoms were found to be the result of her excessive drinking, not leukemia. After completing 90 days of treatment, Kristine returned home to her family. She has been sober since November 4, 2009.
121 13 "Shane" alcoholism, Oxycontin, prescription drugs February 22, 2010 (2010-02-22)

A talented cellist and an aspiring music producer, Shane's musical aspirations are now out of reach because he abuses prescription drugs and deals drugs out of his grandmother's house. After injuring his neck in a car accident, he began abusing OxyContin and other pain medications. His father was a drug addict, too, who died from an overdose. Now Shane is following in his father's deadly footsteps.

Epilogue: Shane completed treatment and moved into a sober-living facility in Florida. He returned to Arizona and cared for his ailing grandmother before her death. He has been sober since November 2, 2009
122 14 "Rocky" crack cocaine April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05)
Rocky Lockridge, once a world champion lightweight boxer, is now a homeless crack addict living on the streets of Camden, New Jersey. He began abusing cocaine whilst the champion, but switched to crack after his boxing career ended. His addiction has alienated him from his twin sons and his brother, and his only support left is from his best friend Joey, an aspiring boxer who provides him with food and money to finance his addiction. When short of cash, Rocky panhandles to finance his $75/day habit. In spite of Rocky's long-term crack addiction, it's clear that he still has a heart and a soul and wants to get well and reconnect with his family. Can an intervention save him before he loses his life to this disease? This episode is famous online for giving birth to the internet meme "best cry ever."
123 15 "Ashley" heroin abuse April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)

Ashley was raised by a mother addicted to gambling and methamphetamines until her aunt and uncle became her legal guardians, but when her beloved grandfather died, she started using heroin and her family fears she will overdose and die. Her aunt spends a lot of time chasing her down and trying to stop her but fails in keeping her stopped. The intervention succeeds and Ashley becomes sober and claims to not miss heroin. Her mother, an admitted gambling addict once addicted to crystal meth as well, also considers going to treatment but ultimately rejects a 90-day treatment offer.

Epilogue: After 5 months in rehab, Ashley left treatment against the wishes of her counselors. She moved back to Las Vegas where she soon relapsed on heroin. Her aunt and uncle refused to let her move back in, so she moved in with her mother and says she is still using heroin.
124 16 "Amy P." anorexia, bulimia April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)

Amy was an anxious child who was never comfortable in her own skin. She became anorexic in high school and dropped out of college after one semester. She began binging and purging shortly after. She went to an inpatient treatment center and was in recovery for a year, but then relapsed and has been on a downward spiral ever since. Her bulimia has caused major health problems and friction between her and her family members. Amy has stolen from her family and been caught shoplifting food multiple times. Her parents have moved to a new house to accommodate Amy's disorder, allowing her to live in the basement but locking her out of the main house to prevent her from stealing their groceries. Amy consumes an average of 24,000 calories a day and is obsessed with exercise and burning calories. Her family hopes that an intervention will save her from slowly killing herself.

Amy accepted the offer of treatment and completed three months at Remuda Ranch, where she did not always cooperate in her recovery but ultimately gained weight. After being transferred to an extended care facility, she was discharged after twelve days for noncompliance. In keeping with the rules they set out at the intervention, her parents did not allow her to continue living with them, so she went to stay with a friend and was still binging and purging as of this episode's airing.
125 17 "Tyler" crack cocaine, methamphetamine abuse, heroin, prescription drug abuse May 3, 2010 (2010-05-03)

Tyler is a mechanic addicted to crack, crystal methamphetamine, alcohol, Xanax, Soma, heroin, and Dilaudid. In three months, he has lost his brother and sister to drug overdoses. To keep him from having the same fate, Tyler's family has set up an intervention as their last hope.

Epilogue: Tyler left treatment after 8 days. He still continues to drink and use drugs. His father, despite attending codependency treatment, allowed Tyler back into his home, but kicked him out 15 months later after catching him stealing. As of August 2012, Tyler is in jail for violating his parole.
126 18 "Richard" crack cocaine May 10, 2010 (2010-05-10)
Richard is a diabetic whose crack-cocaine abuse puts him at high risk for death. Once a loving father and husband, he now spends his days using drugs to numb the pain and trauma he suffers from as the result of a childhood rape. His family fears that an intervention may be his last hope.

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