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Episode 140: Brittany

Season 10, Episode 1


Age: 22
Location: Southeast Michigan
Addiction: Heroin
What’s memorable: The strange “unsubstantiated claims” of sexual abuse disclaimer that I’ve never seen on this show before. Has this weird effect of making you think she’s lying, when really it’s just about legalities. Also memorable: the seemingly decent co-dependent boyfriend that inexplicably puts up with a whole lotta crazy shit.

Official synopsis:  Brittany once dreamed of becoming a police officer to protect people from the traumas that she faced as a child. But at 22, her goal is slipping away. She’s a heroin addict who sells her body to get her next high. Can Brittany’s family convince her that it’s not too late to get help?

Original Air Date: June 2011
Interventionist: Rod

Categories: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Heroin, Rod, Season 10


22 Responses to “Episode 140: Brittany”

  1. I googled the name of the town on her t-shirts in a few scenes, and they’re all in Michigan so I’m assuming this took place in Michigan. Tough episode to watch!

    Posted by Val | March 25, 2012, 2:02 pm
  2. What was the name of the town you saw on her shirt? I live in Southeast Michigan about 20 mins away from Toledo, OH where she mentioned getting drugs at.

    Posted by Jen | January 16, 2015, 9:05 pm
  3. What was going on with the boyfriend? The update never mentioned if they broke up or whatever…he seemed comparatively decent given the cast of characters but…

    Posted by Jen | January 20, 2015, 3:09 pm
  4. I’m from Southeast Michigan, and watching this episode, it’s chilling to think about how close to home this is. I’ve driven on that exact stretch of freeway they show when she goes to Toledo.

    Posted by TL | June 19, 2015, 4:30 pm
    • Now 2018 and I also live in Michigan and everyone knows at least 5 people who have passed by overdose. Watching episodes always made me sad, now everyone is sad. Sad this drug is taking so many lives, not just all the young people but all ages. My heartbreaks for everyone involved. Prayers for it to stop!

      Posted by Jacqueline | May 3, 2018, 9:14 am
  5. her mother, mechelle, died in june of 2015. obituaries don’t list cause of death but note that she died in the u of m hospital, surrounded by family members. she was 49 years old.

    her sister posted a comment on a local website, commending the police officer who was a part of the investigation of her mother’s death.

    Posted by bee | November 14, 2015, 8:58 pm
  6. Here is the obituary for Mechelle the Mother. How sad. http://www.ochalekstark.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1615417

    Posted by pj | July 11, 2016, 12:54 pm
  7. What happened to the mom? Wonder what happened to the investigation. What a shame she had so many kids

    Posted by Dewey | December 25, 2016, 11:57 pm
  8. Found her on FB she looks great and has been married for almost 2 years.

    Posted by Steve | April 12, 2017, 9:14 am
  9. That isn’t her Facebook page. She doesn’t have a Facebook. Brittany is sober and still living in Michigan.

    Posted by Ryle | December 2, 2017, 1:43 pm
  10. Hey dizzy, Brittany is actually 22 in the episode. She says it at the beginning. Just thought you might want to change her age at the top.

    Posted by Siouxsie | September 23, 2018, 12:43 pm
  11. thank you very much Brittany!! braver than most of us 🙂

    Posted by ralex | November 12, 2018, 4:41 pm
  12. According to her sister’s Facebook page, their mother seemed to have passed away judging by this post : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10219003909555812&set=pb.1446723125.-2207520000.1553626516.&type=3&theater
    So sad..

    Posted by sarah | March 26, 2019, 11:57 am
  13. did anyone notice how when they were talking about the molestation they were also talking about how she was dressing promiscuously at the same time. to me this is essentially implying that the two are related which is victim blaming! it starts around or soon after the 8 minute mark. brittany is talking about how disgusting and slick he was about the molesting, they then flash to the mom who talks about noticing something different about brittany’s behavior, then they flash to her friend danielle who said brittany would “walk around in really short shorts or naked or just flaunt herself kind of like a tease i guess”, and then back to brittany who finishes telling her story about the molester. you tell me…

    Posted by Brooke | June 24, 2019, 2:30 am
    • I actually took this as they noticed she had started “acting out’ sexually after she was molested, not before, which I know is a fairly common response to being sexually abused. I could be wrong, but I didn’t see this as victim blaming, more that they were seeing signs that something had happened.

      Posted by Dizzy | June 24, 2019, 9:18 am

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