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Episode 149: Brittney

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Brittney
Age: 24
Location: Laguna Hills, California
Addiction: Alcohol (wine)
What’s memorable: How desperate she was to be liked when she was a kid, how much her life changed when she got skinny, how she refuses to believe that she has a problem and that she’s just ‘catching up.’

Official synopsis:  Brittney saw her food addiction transformed into a raging alcohol addiction after gastric bypass surgery. Now she stands to lose her family as they grow weary of her alcohol-fueled antics
Original Air Date: August 2011
Interventionist: Donna

Categories: Alcohol, Donna, Most In-Denial Addicts, Racial Alienation, Season 10

Discussion

9 Responses to “Episode 149: Brittney”

  1. This excellent 2-story episode offers some of the best “common sense” advice I’ve heard in any of the episodes. Donna Chavous ran this intervention and this is Donna at the top of her game with this seriously misguided young woman. In the “pre-intervention” with Brittney’s crazily enabling mother, Donna said, “Truth of the matter is…better you guys make the boundaries and give her the tough love than somebody else. Because I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the funeral of someone who had overdosed or been in an accident–or gotten shot because they were drunk and ignorant–and acting the fool. But I have….I have seen them in the casket”. That very powerful message was clearly strong enough to actually show this poor woman that she was part of the problem…a big part. The ending of Brittney’s story is fairly nebulous–which generally seems to imply that the intervention didn’t work. I could pretty much tell this girl was not ready to surrender. But Donna sure gave it her all, that’s for sure.

    Posted by Gregory Moore | December 30, 2014, 6:01 pm
  2. My comment is about Donna Chavous rather than Brittany. It is so unfortunate that Donna’s interventions are so confrontational and punitive rather than loving. She gets in the addict’s face and tries to scare them into treatment by using their loved ones’s bottom lines as threats. Not surprisingly, the addict becomes defensive and tries to escape. It’s too bad she doesn’t focus on love and concern. This comment applies DOUBLY to Courtney’s intervention.

    Posted by Shannon | February 7, 2015, 6:57 am
  3. I related so much to Brittney’s story. I feel it’s hard to really see there’s a problem when alcohol is so widely accepted in social settings, especially in your 20’s. I’m a 27 yr old alcoholic/addict myself with 18months sober. It was hard for me to admit it at first when I was 20. I did see at the end of the episode she went back to treatment in 2013 and am just curious if she stayed sober this go around, if there’s an update on her.

    Posted by Stacie | July 19, 2015, 4:38 pm
  4. “la la, in laguna hills….”

    I think there are a lot of alcoholics in SoCal. It doesn’t help that every grocery store has liquor in it in my opinion. My only salvation is forcing myself to get exercise, which you can typically do year-round here.

    Posted by jon | February 9, 2017, 7:20 am
  5. I had weight loss surgery and my doctor warned me that many people switch addictions from food to drugs or alcohol. Even in my weight loss surgery support group, I heard people talking about their developing addictions to cocaine, booze, etc… It’s really tough.

    Posted by Melanie | June 20, 2017, 2:47 pm
  6. I bet many people related to Brittany story. So many have a disorder and don’t realize it

    Posted by Dewey | June 22, 2017, 7:18 am
  7. Coming up on 2 yrs (no alcohol) The only thing that worked for me was tough love. Donna is a 100% right Britney will be looking for her number one day.

    Posted by Natasha | August 13, 2017, 7:35 pm

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