A review of the episode

This episode, season 12, episode 6, from the TV series “Intervention” unveils devastating stories of two individuals who tragically fall prey to the claws of drug addiction.

This documentary is based on the story of Dorothy and Ivan’s addiction. Dorothy suffers from a disturbed relationship with her step father, addiction to alcoholism and other drugs and no financial income. Ivan’s past includes PCP addiction, involvement with gangsters, serving a one year prison sentence and work crisis. With the help of the interventionists, both families of Ivan and Dorothy persuade them to get the help they need.

Millions of people struggle with addiction, most of them need help to stop. Dr. Sadaqat Ali, the Project Director of Willing Ways and Sadaqat Clinic explains that addiction is a chronic and often relapsing disease of the brain that causes compulsive drug use and drug seeking despite the harmful consequences to the individual who is addicted and those around him.

You can watch Dr Sadaqat Ali’s video, an eminent addiction psychiatrist, in which he speaks about addiction in Pakistan by clicking on this link
Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about effects of drug abuse and addiction


Halima NoonHalima Noon is working at Willing Ways as a clinical psychologist. She has done her MS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Her published MS thesis includes current trends of materialistic values and compulsive buying among young adults. She is a Certified Reiki Practitioner from Ijaz Psychiatric Institute. Halima is also an artist by profession.

Editor: Halima Noon


Ivan, 28 years old, is addicted to Phencyclidine (PCP) he smokes PCP up to five times a day. PCP produces feelings of detachment from reality, including distortions of space and time.

At 13, Ivan began writing and recording original music. At 15, he signed a contract with a professional management company. By 16, he was working with celebrities like Ja Rule and Ruff Ryders. He was making $1,500 per show and spending five days a week on the road. When he was 17, his son was born. Ivan was overwhelmed. At 17, Ivan started selling cocaine. He started living the ‘thug life’ as part of his persona which led him to the wrong path. At 18, Ivan was convicted of theft and sentenced to a year in prison. While in prison, his management contract expired. After being released, he was unable to find new management. At 19, he started smoking PCP. Nine months ago, his son was sent to live with his mother.

dorthyDorothy has been drinking since the age of 12. She drinks up to 18 beers a day. She is addicted to alcohol and any other drug she can get a hold of including weed, cocaine, ecstasy, crack, among others. She combines alcohol with these drugs. Dorothy’s skin is scarred. She has been cutting herself for 8 years and has been admitted to behavioural hospitals for self-inflicted wounds three times.

When Dorothy was 2, her half sister Isabel was born. Her mother raised them without support from their fathers. Her mother’s drinking got out of control and she started neglecting her children which made Dorothy feel abandoned. When she was 8, her mother got sober and started spending time with her daughters. When Dorothy was 13, her mother began dating Andy whom she met in a 12-step program. Because her mother spent more time with Andy, Dorothy believed she was not getting enough attention. When she was 14, her mother married Andy. That same year, Dorothy started using cocaine and started attention seeking behaviours. Her step father reported “She was completely out of control”. An incident was reported when once she went out of the house in her underwear to get coke. If someone tried to stop Dorothy, she would get violent and attack them. Her parents started becoming afraid of her and locked their bedroom door when sleeping as they feared she might try to kill them when they were sleeping.

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