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Season 1 Episode 3


Age: Early 20’s?
Location: Arizona
Addicted to: Self-injury – Cutting
Addiction Trigger: Childhood sexual abuse and a religious family that ignored it and just prayed.
What is most memorable about this episode: The incredibly graphic episodes of cutting.

Official synopsis: Tamela, a 24-year-old artist, cuts herself with razor blades. As a child, she was molested and has a hard time getting over what happened. Her family hopes she will go into treatment.

Original Air Date: March 2005

Interventionist: Candy

All comments.

  1. Rebecca

    I rarely rewatch this episode because it’s so difficult to stomach. But I must say Tamela’s mom really redeemed herself in the end. It was cathartic for ME to hear her apologize and say that “praying and leaving it up to God” was wrong. You could literally see the relief wash over Tamela. She just needed someone to really love her.

  2. Alyssa

    How is She today… 8/2015

  3. Jess

    I followed her facebook page which really didn’t seem to be updated since 2011.

    However sometime over the past couple of weeks the page has been deleted or something has happened to it

    1. Stacia

      from what I know Tamela got married and has two children. She is happy and healthy living in a small town in Arizona.

  4. Emmy

    I’m super happy to see that she’s doing so much better now! Seeing her in so much pain during this episode and her family just leaving it to God was really hard to watch. And yes, Tamela got married and has two kids now! A son and a daughter, born in 2012 and 2014,

  5. brooke

    where can I find this episode?

    1. Jeanette


      I would really like to know how Tamela is doing now. She was a beautiful woman and I hope that she sees herself what she is now – gorgeous woman with all energy that you need to live a full life 🙂 <3

  6. Michele

    I deal with self injury still to this day. My heart went out to Tamela! I am happy to read she has gotten married and had kids! I still battle my demons. Started cutting at age 12 and I am 45 years old now and self injury is still a painful addiction! I pray for those who have this addiction and any other addiction!

  7. Brooke

    I was trying so hard to find Tamela from season 2005 cutting.. I just saw this episode and I felt compelled to see how she’s doing and tell her that she’s worth more than she knows and she is so beautiful you would never know that that was going on and if I could be here just to help you in anyway I’m here I couldn’t find you on Facebook.. You deserve the world If you ever need anybody her talk to I’m always here thank you!

  8. Kitty Katt

    One of the most extremely difficult episode to watch. I had to close my eyes and peak through my fingers whenever she cut herself,

    1. Stefan

      Yah I can handle most forms of violence but there’s something about self-mutilation that is too much for me (this includes injection drugs into ones body).