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.
These numbers were on the title card at the very end of the last episode.
243 addicts were filmed.
238 went to treatment.
156 are sober today.
That means 64% of addicts on the show were sober as of July 2013.
13 addicts (that we know of) have died since their intervention, as of Aug 2014.
12 of those 13 addicts went to treatment (Sean did not).
At least 3 of those addicts, possibly more, had successful interventions and were sober/ in recovery at the time of their death (Bret, Sandy, and Mike. Not sure about Jackie, Sebastian, or John).
The 5 who did not go to treatment: Alissa, Marquel, Larry, Adam, Sean.
First, the good news. Intervention has been picked up by LMN and will air a new season next year. YES! It’s back! This show saves lives and it deserves to be on the air. I’m thrilled. Read more here.
More good news: Amazon Prime limits the seasons that are free to subscribers, but just opened up the last 2 seasons. I missed several of those episodes when they aired, so now I’ll be able to write those ones up.
I’m always curious to find out how people are doing since their interventions. I love that some of them are finding this site and posting comments about their progress. Heidi (Season 2, shopping) and Luke (Season 10, crack) have both updated us in the comments. Congratulations to them both.
I’d missed this when it came out, but it’s worth a read. Lots of interesting behind the scenes tidbits. Intervention: The Oral History of A&E’s Reality Show About Substance Abusers
The bad news: Several of the addicts from the show have passed away in the last year or so. Sebastian R., John T., Sean M., Megan W., and Charles have sadly lost their battles with addiction. You can read more about their deaths here.
To those of you just finding this site, I apologize for all the photos being broken. I was linking directly to photos that were on the A&E site and now that site doesn’t exist, so the photos are broken. I’m going to try to grab shots from the videos I find on Amazon to replace them. Please be patient.
To answer many of your all’s question, the only place I know where to find episodes of Intervention (other than torrents) is on Amazon, all seasons except that last one are free with Prime Membership.
Please use this site as a way to update us on what you know about where the profiled addicts are now. I get a lot of traffic from searches, from people trying to find information on those from the show. Please continue to comment even though there are no new episodes. People searching will probably find it. This site isn’t going anywhere. I hope it will continue to be a good resource.
And to speak personally, I invested so much of my time and emotion into the people that were on this show. I deeply want the best for every single one of them. Intervention’s cancellation, as heartbreaking as it was for me, doesn’t mean that I or any of the other fans have forgotten about them. We all really, really want to know how the addicts and their family members are doing. Please keep us updated.