A review of the episode
In the episode 10 of the TV series “Intervention Canada”, season 15, Kent, a 37 years old alcoholic, faces intervention.
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 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
The two main types of alcoholism include alcohol dependency and alcohol abuse. When an individual continues to drink excessively it leads to a point that it starts affecting his behaviour and develops social and professional problems resulting in problems at work, legal issues and destroying relationships with friends and family, as seen in this documentary. Continually abusing alcohol increases the risk of a dependency. In alcohol dependency, the individual continues to feel cravings for drinking and suffers mild to severe withdrawal symptoms if drinking is stopped. Tolerance level also increases. Despite negative consequences, they will still drink.
Dr. Sadaqat Ali sheds light on alcoholism in Pakistan. To watch this video, click on this link
Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about Alcoholism in Pakistan
This documentary is based on the story of Kent’s addiction. He started drinking at the age of 12. Kent now reports “I drink every day. I have been for years and years.” He explains it is not a want anymore it has become a need. He drinks 12 to 24 beers every day. He calls himself a functioning alcoholic as he does his job, provides and maintains the household.
Kent’s partner describes that there are two Kents. A before 8 o’clock prior to drinking and an after 8 o’clock Kent who drinks himself towards the point that he cannot handle it. She explains that the before 8 o’clock Kent is there 110 % and the after 8 o’clock Kent is only half there. Sometimes after having 26 beers, Kent can still function. His son explains that Kent is unable to stop. His mother fears if he does not get help, it will kill him.
Kent’s father was an alcoholic. Kent described his relationship with him as not being very close. When he was 12, Kent was diagnosed with a serious blood disease and underwent an emergency surgery, which is explained changed him. He was forced to quit playing hockey and fell into the wrong crowd. Issues with the law were reported. He started smoking cigarettes. He described this phase as being rebellious. When Kent was 14, he was sexually molested. The man was never convicted. He explains he has blocked it out. He started to drink and smoke marijuana regularly after school. At age 16, Kent dropped out of high school. Soon after, his girlfriend became pregnant. A year later, she became pregnant again. At six months of age, the baby died from sudden infant death syndrome.
Kent was distraught. Kent’s girlfriend left him and moved across the country with their two year old son and he went to live with his sister and work at a racetrack. He explained he got into trouble with the law and was charged three times for drinking and driving. While he was in jail, his father died from a heart attack. He took it hard. Around that time when he was in extreme emotional turmoil, his met his current partner, Niki. Kent was in a lot of pain and regret about not having to spend time with his father. It was then that his drinking started skyrocketing. He got drunk every day, every chance he could get.