Alissa, 25, is a compulsive gambler. Her game of choice: slot machines. In the past two years, Alissa has lost more than $30,000 on 25 cent slots. She's accessed her father's credit card information to open up accounts to play slots online, and she's bounced more than $5,000 in checks. Her father has covered almost all her debts. Alissa has not held a job in three years. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Adam juggles three jobs just to keep their bills covered.
But Alissa has a hard time believing she has a problem. She says addiction is too harsh a word. But Alissa's friends and family realize she does have a problem and she needs to get help. They gather for the Intervention prepared to kick her out of the house and cut her off financially. But Alissa is stubborn and says she will not go to rehab under any circumstances. In the end, her parents and boyfriend concede on their bottom line, saying they're not ready to have her living on the streets.
Alissa has begun a year-long gambling recovery program in her home town.
Brian, 24, has tried to kick his crystal meth habit nine times in the past four years. He's just been kicked out of another sober-living facility. His boyfriend Derek is allowing Brian to stay at his place rent free under one condition: Brian must stay clean. It's a promise Brian can't keep. Even worse, his meth habit feeds his sex addiction. So behind Derek's back, not only is he using, but he's finding new sexual partners every week.
Now Brian's parents have invited him back home to Vermont. What Brian doesn't know is that his parents and Derek are planning and Intervention. Brian's parents believe, like Derek, that Brian is going through a period of sobriety. They are shocked to find out Brian uses the entire time he is there.
By the time Brian walks into the Intervention, he is clearly tired and ready for a change. It takes little pleading for him to agree to go to Life's Journey Center in Palm Springs. watch
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At 24, Sara had everything she ever wanted. She had a fairy-tale wedding in Hawaii, a beautiful baby girl, a house, three cars, and even competed in beauty pageants. Then, it all abruptly ended in divorce. Not knowing how to cope Sara turned to Crystal Meth, and now uses every day, all day if she can. A self-labeled "junkie," Sara has lost everything, including custody of her daughter. watch