Intervention, Brett’s Story

On Monday nights I watch Intervention, it’s the only show I watch religiously and it’s the only show I watch that comes on at the perfect hour. It’s a show that has stopped me from drinking, many times. Last nights episode was especially strong, heart touching, and thought provoking. It was an episode about a wonderful man named Brett, he was an alcoholic. His intervention was tough and heart wrenching. He fought every one on going to get help, everyone including his kids. I’ve never watched an Intervention episode where the kids played such a huge and helpful role in the actual intervention. His son literally held tight to his father and begged him to just listen, to hust get help and wouldn’t let go until he was just too exhausted to hold on to him any longer. And still Brett chose not to listen to anyone including his daughter, he chose to be angry and walk away, walk all the way home where he was met by everyone again. See they made it there before him, went in and emptied the shot gun he had there. They once again tried their hardest to just get him to say yes he’d go but he faught them tooth and nail and the only way they were able to get him to go wasn’t by taking everything away from him but to threatening locking him up and psychological testing. He went. He got sober. He didn’t get a chance to finish treatment, he had to go home to be with is family and get cancer treatments because all the years of drinking caused him to get cancer of the esophogus. Brett died at home with 105 days sober and the respect of his children. He made it to his sons basketball game which wasn’t something he could do while drinking and the show ended with his son telling about how, “I almost made a basket. I was this close.” and showing with his fingers how close.

One important aspect about last nights episode is that it showed us that an alcoholic doesn’t have to be the ‘on the corner begging for change, sleeping in the gutter’ type of person or a celebrity that can buy their way into addiction. This man was a successful husband, father, and successful in his community (at one time). His rock bottom was essentially death, not losing his job or family, place to live; although he had lost those things, it still wasn’t enough to make him want to not drink. We don’t always end up homeless, begging for our next drink; more often than not we end up close to death or dead. Brett was clean cut, his home was clean, and he still had a drivers license, he had only just recently lost his job, lost his marriage and was beginning to lose everyone else in his life. But still his rock bottom was death. We can only guess, since he died whether or not he would’ve kept up with recovery. He was so stubborn, he knew everything and he had alcoholism so ingrained in his mind, heart, and soul so deep that he really believed he could ‘stop this thing’ when he ‘chose to’, he just hadn’t chose to yet.

You know when I went to detox a little over 2 years ago, there were all kinds of people there. There was a musician, a journalist, a successful woman that held a very high paying job with an airline, a homeless man, a gentleman in his late 70’s, and a stay at home mom. Just a quick note…obviously I’m the mom. Alcoholism and addiction knows no boundaries, age, sex, religion, success or money, it just knows how to kill us. Thankfully Brett knew sobriety while he died, thankfully he had a loving family just like I do, thankfully his family shared his story with all of us. I can not imagine how many thousands of people didn’t drink or use last night because of Brett. Thank you Brett for sharing such an intimate place in your life. And thank you Brett’s family for helping so many by sharing Brett with us. I am still choked up over this episode and think I will be for a very long time. I do not want a drink today.

This link is to the full episode of Brett’s intervention, please watch it, learn, and pass it on. Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from alcoholism and addiction, maybe getting Brett’s story passed on might save some of them. He has helped save me for today.

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6 thoughts on “Intervention, Brett’s Story

  1. EXCELLENT article. I saw the show on Monday and it was devestating. I also am recovering from alcohol addiction. I have a big house, great family, great job and yet I drank everyday for years. You are right when you say no one is immune to this disease. I am now sober, I look and feel great and have no reason to drink ever again. I now associate drinking with death and I have a long life ahead of me and I will never let alchol control it again. Thanks to my family and a closer relationship with God, I want to experience life everyday to its fulliest alcohol free!

    Thanks again for your message. Art

  2. Oh god! I saw Brett .. i love the show too. Didn’t he die of throat cancer? (oops, just re-read your post). He seemed like such a good man … decent, just a drunk. …. JUST a drunk. DIED sober.

    Fucking disease! I love your writing style.

    Intervention isn’t on as much as it used to be … i’m pissed. Some of the shows aren’t gritty enough for me.

  3. This post brought tears to my eyes. But as I read through the comments and scrolled down, I realized with this new theme (Dusk to Dawn), I’d moved to a point where the light of a new day was visible. Hope. How beautifully appropriate.

  4. Thank you for your bravery in sharing this! I applaud your progress, and hope and pray it continues so that you can encourage those around you to know they can get through this. We all have our issues…and I am learning not to be surprised or judgmental because it can happen to anyone. My story as a mom includes having an affair…which is over now and I’m in my own sort of recovery from addiction. I applaud your journey…thank you for sharing it!!

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