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Episode 107: Sarah

Season 7, Episode 6

Age: 23
Location: Pasco County, Florida
Addiction: Oxycontin
What’s memorable: The old guy boyfriend who takes care of her and really truly seems to love and care about her. He’s sober and wants her to quit using; he honestly doesn’t realize how he enables her. I was surprised at how much sympathy I had for him by the end. Also, Sarah’s a really interesting and complex person who knows she’s messed up but doesn’t know how to not be, and at times it’s just heartbreaking. She’s loudly crying out for help, and no one seems to know how to help her. The scene at the restaurant, ugh. She’s so clearly telling them she needs their help and not to just walk away again. Good on them for stepping up and doing something about it.

Official synopsis:  Raped when she was 14 and feeling abandoned by her family, Sarah turned to drugs, even becoming a stripper to support her drug habit. She’s prohibited by the courts from seeing her three-year-old son, and now lives with a man who is more than twice her age and manages a massage parlor. Can an intervention save her from her self-destructive lifestyle?

Original Air Date: January 2010

Interventionist:  Jeff

Categories: Jeff, Most Likeable Addicts, Most Powerful Episodes, OxyContin, Pain Meds, Rape, Season 7


5 Responses to “Episode 107: Sarah”

  1. I hope Sarah is still sober.

    Posted by Susan | September 8, 2015, 2:11 pm
    • I believe she is still sober. I found her mugshot online from before the show aired and that was the last one. There hasn’t been any since, so thats a good sign. Even though I don’t truly know her, I feel that her being tagged as a “most likeable addict” is on point. I hope she continues to do well and stay strong not only for her son but herself too.

      Posted by mikey | December 6, 2016, 12:57 pm
  2. She is sober and doing great.

    Posted by Tuck79 | February 5, 2017, 4:18 pm
  3. possible bump in the road?


    you’re a strong, beautiful woman Sarah! We all make mistakes, you can get through this!

    Posted by bill | April 25, 2017, 10:16 am
    • Her mother was my teacher in high school around the airing of this episode, NPR is a small-ish area. I’ve heard through the grapevine that she’s still been struggling with addiction issues. I really feel for her and her mother, there are a lot of kids around here who say her mother saved them by being the only supportive person they had.

      Posted by K | May 12, 2018, 4:16 pm

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