Film Introduction: Intervention (01:51)
Gambling and shopping addictions are explored in this episode of Intervention. Gabe has gambled away over $500,000 and lost his family’s home. Vanessa is a compulsive shopper. Millions of Americans with addictions need help to stop.
Gabe - Compulsive Gambler (03:59)
Gabe refuses to accept that his parents sold their home to pay his gambling debts. They pay $600 a week to keep him in a hotel. He is $200,000 in debt. He has tried to kill himself four times.
Vanessa - Compulsive
Vanessa plans her day around shopping. Vanessa never knew her father, and she is alienated from her mother. For Vanessa, shopping is a drug. She suffers from a multitude of disorders such as PTSD and bipolar disorder.
Parents as Cash Source (03:14)
Gabe, a compulsive gambler, demands cash from his mother. His mother refuses to help but then gives him $2,800. He plans to gamble with the money to make more money.
Child Prodigy/Failed Adult (02:49)
Gabe faces possible fraud charges for checks bounced at casinos. A child prodigy, Gabe had an IQ of 156. He graduated from UCLA at age 14. In graduate school, he taught pre-med students. He has never been successful.
Dangerous Spending (05:28)
Vanessa, a compulsive shopper, spent $26,000 on things instead of investing it in a house. Credit card bills eat through her savings. Her friends worry about her behavior. Her agoraphobia might interfere with a casting call.
Irresponsible Adult (01:33)
Gabe believes that parents are responsible for their children for the children's entire lives. He withdraws $2,000 that his parents don't know about. He gambles it away.
Pre-Intervention Meeting (03:30)
Gabe's friend and family attend a pre-intervention meeting. Gabe uses gambling to take the focus off his problems. Gabe blames the blackjack cards for not making money for him.
How to Help a Shopping Addict (02:44)
Vanessa, too sick to leave her bed, shops on TV. Her friends meet with a doctor who specializes in helping shopping addicts. The moment of truth is at hand for addicts Gabe and Vanessa.
Adult Temper Tantrum (05:07)
Both addicts, at separate interventions, hear what their friends and family have to say. Gabe's response is to talk about suicide. Gabe has a temper tantrum.
Inability to Accept Responsibility (03:12)
During Gabe's intervention, he puts the blame back on the others in the room again and again. He takes no responsibility for his out-of-control life. Throughout the intervention, Gabe yells at everyone.
Two Addicts Response to Intervention (05:07)
Vanessa's interventionist explains the importance of Vanessa's personal commitment. Vanessa thanks her friends for helping her. Gabe continues to treat the intervention as a show that he is directing.
Treatment Centers (01:50)
Vanessa leaves for a local hospital. Gabe takes the red eye to South Carolina and rehab. Follow-up on Gabe and Vanessa is provided.
Credits: Intervention #2 (Gabe and Vanessa) (00:29)
Credits: Intervention #2 (Gabe and Vanessa)
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