A review of the episode

With a past that includes a father who abandoned her, sexual assaults and a stepbrother who died from a heroin overdose, in the episode 9 of the TV series “Intervention”, season 15, Loren turns to alcohol to numb her pain.

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.

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

The initial decision to take drugs may be voluntary for people but the changes that occur over time in the brain challenge the addicted individual’s self-control and hinder their ability to resist intense impulses to taking drugs. Fortunately, treatments are available for helping them counter addiction’s disruptive effects.

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

This documentary is based on the story of Loren’s addiction.  

As revealed by her family, Loren has always been full of life. But now, she drinks up to three liters of wine every day and cannot function without it. She suffers from seizures, black outs, and violent mood swings.

loren-intervention-3Loren is a 26 years old alcoholic. She starts her day with a drink. She reveals that she does not even like it anymore but takes it because she cannot stand the withdrawals. She reports “I cannot stand it anymore.” Loren’s sister is embarrassed to be seen in public with her and her brother revealed it is devastating for him to see her in this state and made him stop meeting her.

Loren and her partner Christy, who is 35, drink up to five liters of wine per day.  Loren started drinking at the age of 12 and Christy began drinking at the age of 11. Christy has ten percent liver function left due to long-term alcohol abuse.